With a new pup in the group we have been looking for new and interesting walks for our weekends. This weekends walk didn’t disappoint and ignited some childhood memories.
We decided to go and explore Fingle Bridge, a spot I haven’t been for many years, located just outside of Exeter in Drewsteignton. Our plan was to try and walk to Castle Drogo but we didn’t quite make it that far we will save that for another day.
Pulling up our socks and fastening our walking boots we headed off in to the sunshine. The walk takes you along the river side and makes for some lovely photo opportunities or even a paddle if you are brave enough to dip your toes in the chilly water. Buck the pup had a lovely time swimming in the clear waters.
As we rambled along we came across something quite bazaar hanging in the trees.
Apparently this is the work of Teign Spirits – an exhibition of large scale contemporary photographs in the landscape at Castle Drogo. As they restore the castle (a projecting which has taken them five years, coming to an end in 2016) artists have been invited to create new contemporary artwork to interpret the project and the fascinating history of the site. You can read about it in more detail by clicking on the link Castle Drogo. There are ten images each measuring around 3m x 2m printed onto waterproof canvas, suspended between trees. It makes for good fun seeing how many you can spot along your way!
We walked about half way to the Castle, which took us about an hour, we weren’t really keeping an eye on the time and you could certainly do it much quicker than this, we were bumbling along and stopped a lot to take pictures and meet new dogs along the way.
On our return back to the car we stopped at the picturesque pub The Fingle Bridge Inn where there was a wedding happening, we didn’t want to gate crash so we sat outside in the sunshine and admired the view while finishing our drinks.
I would recommend this walk to anyone with dogs, it is very friendly and people aren’t bothered by them we met a lot of fellow dog walkers and stopped to chat to a few. I would also recommend some good foot wear on the walk as it is quite uneven and bring a few pennies for the dog friendly pub after you’ve worn your legs out.