Perfectly located for enjoying the great outdoors…
One of Mill End’s many charms is that we are already on a walk – the Two Moors Way – which runs from Exmoor in the north all the way down to the South Devon coast. From this ancient artery, you can explore fabulous routes in all directions, stepping back in time to a land of legend and mystery. We have plenty of maps and guidebooks available from the hotel reception, and there are plenty of local walks available on the Walking in Devon website.
We also have a boot room which you can enter the hotel through. Here you can immediately get yourself dry and take care of any muddy boots or paws, and you could even find a treat or two tucked behind the sink for good measure.
We have a wonderful location where the footpaths are direct from the front door and follow the River Teign either to the stannary town of Chagford or a longer walk to Fingle Bridge. Castle Drogo is also just a short hike away and offers superb views across the valley.
Some lesser-known places to explore nearby include Spinsters Rock and burial chamber, Stone Lane Gardens, Prestonbury Castle, the many Bronze Age Hut Circles and Blowing Houses that still stand and Fernworthy Reservoir for a flat and scenic walk.
A bit further afield are the quarry and rocks of Haytor, which are a must-see for nature enthusiasts, along with Becky Falls and Lydford Gorge.
CIRCULAR WALK. APPROX 4.5 MILES. ALLOW 2-3 HOURS.
This walk is difficult in places with uneven steps and a few steep climbs. Stout footwear is advisable. Of course, you don’t have to follow the complete route as it is still a very pleasant stroll to the Iron Bridge.
APPROX 1.5 MILES. ALLOW 25-30 MINUTES.
A pretty and easy walk to the stannary (historical Devon tin mining) town. Sturdy footwear is advisable when it’s wet.
CIRCULAR WALK. APPROX 5 MILES. ALLOW 2-3 HOURS.
This walk is difficult in places with uneven steps and a few steep climbs. Sturdy footwear is advisable.
CIRCULAR WALK. APPROX 2.5 MILES. ALLOW 1.5 HOURS.
A short walk with a steady uphill climb. Sturdy footwear is advisable in wet weather.
The Dartmoor landscape is all about contrasts. Majestic Tors punctuate the wild, heather-clad hills, wild Dartmoor ponies graze as buzzards fly overhead, ancient clapper bridges cross the rivers, and there are Neolithic tombs, Bronze Age circles and remnants of abandoned medieval farmhouses. Then you’ll find tranquil lakes like Fernworthy and dense forests of pine and larch. To walk the Moor is to walk in the footsteps of our ancestors – along ancient paths, unchanged and unforgettable.
Further afield, there’s Buckfast Abbey and Buckland Abbey – the home of Sir Francis Drake – whilst other National Trust properties, like Castle Drogo, are just a short ramble away.