Mary Tavy

The Elephants Nest in Horndon

The Elephants Nest Inn is a cosy dog friendly pub in Horndon, near Tavistock. What a nice way to start and end your walk plus have a bowl of water for your dog. It’s about a 20 minute drive from Bowerland – Google Maps

  • On leaving the Elephants Nest Inn pub turn right heading towards Horndon.
  • When you reach the hamlet turn right again at the red phone box.
  • Follow the road as it continues to bear right and narrows into a rough track as it heads downhill towards the River Tavy.
  • After following this track for about 400m a ‘leat’ passes underneath it, here take a left and climb the stile and follow a level track beside the leat where you will have views over the Tavy valley and White Tor.
  • This path continues along the leat for about a 1.5 miles until the leat joins the river at Hillbridge.
A different route
  • If you wanted to return to the Elephants Nest via a different route you can climb the path to the left of the bridge and turn left onto the road, you will then see a large wooden gate with a house the other side.
  • Pass through here and follow the stoney track for about 20 mins until you get onto moorland.
  • You can then follow the road back towards Horndon by bearing left.
  • On the return you can enjoy views of Dartmoor and Brentor if it isn’t foggy!

We hope you enjoy this beautiful walk. Read more of our Wednesday Walks HERE. And see Devon Dog’s Calendar of Events HERE.

Come and stay with us in our cottage style apartments, right in the heart of Dartmoor, and try out our amazing Wednesday Walks for yourself.


Featured image of the Tavy Valley by Martin Bodman | CC BY 2.0via Wikimedia