Did you know….?


Did you know that the National Trust on Dartmoor now looks after West Down? This area of open moorland and mixed woodland lies adjacent to the village of Shaugh Prior, and was acquired by the Trust just over a year ago. Stunning views can be taken in from the highest point, including that of the Dewerstone and the Plym Valley all the way down to the City of Plymouth. There is great potential for the area to be managed for a variety of our native flora and fauna, including some rare Fritillary butterflies.

A view of the Dewerstone from West Down

You can reach West Down from Cadover Bridge by walking down river along the pipe track and through North Wood. Alternatively, you can come up from Shaugh Bridge, following the footpath that heads up behind the china clay kiln adjacent to the car park.

Long Term Volunteer Jonathan Noades with the new sign he and the team recently erected on the West Down border with North Wood.