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Castle Drogo (National Trust)

RegionSouth West
ClubDevon Orienteering Club
Nearest townDrewsteignton, Okehampton
PostcodeEX6 6PB
Carpark locationDrewsteignton, near Exeter, Devon, EX6 6PB

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The National Trust has two trails at their Castle Drogo site,  an Intermediate course of 2.5km and a harder course of 4.2km. For further details about Castle Drogo, including admission prices and opening times, see the National Trust website.

The courses were last checked on 1 July 2018. Controls are mostly still in place, although some plaques are not necessarily placed exactly in the location given by the control description, and some searching is sometimes needed. Look on the legs underneath the seats, for example. 

I failed to locate the following (given that some others I found only after searching, may yet be present, but I couldn't find them straightforwardly - please let Devon Orienteering Club know if you do find them!):

Plaques 65, 63 and 53, which correspond to controls 10-12 on the Yellow course and 2-4 on the Red. Note also that I did not go down the hill to check control 8 (plaque 60) on the Red, only to come back up again, so I can't confirm whether this is still in place. If you do choose to, I would advise you to come back the same route (so almost to 7) rather than taking what appears to be a large track up the valley, as this no longer joins with the track following the contour route between 7 and 9. Note also the last part of the path narrow ride as you approach 11 from 10 on the Red takes a different course. Keep going downhill!

Experienced orienteers who understand the colour coding system should note that the "Yellow" course is more of "Intermediate" difficulty than "Easy". The "Red" course is no more technically difficult than the "Yellow" but is substantially longer. 

For details about how to make the best use of Permanent Orienteering Courses, and safety considerations, see:

Devon Orienteering Club website

Safety and Risk

Participants take part at their own risk and are responsible for their own safety whilst using the course.

Other Things to do in the Area

For further things to do see the National Trust website


Maps Available From

Maps are available to download or from Castle Drogo (National Trust)

See: https://www.britishorienteering.org.uk/permanent_orienteering_courses

Further Information

  • White and/or yellow standard controls suitable for beginners