Autumn colour

41, Teign river below Castle Drogo

Pull on your walking boots and explore the Castle Drogo estate in all its glory with colours of ambers and reds. The Teign Valley is at its most spectacular in autumn, why not walk from the castle down to Fingle Bridge and back along the bubbling river? There are many veteran oak trees to admire, lots of wildlife to spot including buzzards and lots of mushrooms dotted along the paths. If you’d like to know more about which ones you can eat join us for a fungi foray workshop on Sunday 11 October, 2–4pm. An experienced mycologist will find and identify the wide range of fungi on the Castle Drogo estate. (£5 per adult, £2 per child, booking essential on 01647 433306.)

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Across the valley into Fingle Woods you may even glimpse the fallow deer as mid- October sees the peak of the deer rut. If you fail to spot this you could join one of our rangers for an autumn woodland deer walk and breakfast on Saturday 17 & Sunday 18 October, 7.30-10am. Join the guided walk during the fallow deer rut to search for the sights and sounds of deer in the colourful woods. Afterwards enjoy a delicious home cooked full English breakfast in our café. (£17.50 per person (£10 children), booking essential on 01647 433306.)

Along the river Teign there are large scale photographs by Mike Smallcombe which hint at the history of the valley. One photograph depicts a charcoal burner and another depicts a mother and daughter with the ruins of Fingle Mill behind them. There are 10 photographs to find located down in the valley and also at Castle Drogo.

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If you’re inspired by Mike Smallcombe’s large scale photos we’re launching our annual photography competition on Monday 12 October which will end on Sunday 8 November, the winner will receive a meal for 2 in our café. For more details visit the Save Castle Drogo Facebook page.

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