9:00-11:00 Starting at Fingle Bridge, where there are plenty of parking spaces along the road, we will be walking to the Hydro-Electric Turbine (and back again!). We will then drive to the Castle car park.
11:15-12:45 (Divided into 2 groups)
Group 1: “Saving Castle Drogo” Project Scaffold Tour with Tim Camborne
Group 2: House Tour with Jill Smallcombe
12:45-13:45 Lunch – we recommend the café at the Visitor Reception where there is a good range of delicious hot and cold food.
13:45-14:30 Garden Tour and Stable Block with Jane Hammacott
14:30-16:30 Exclusive tour of the Drewe Family Flat with Ruth Johnstone and walk to Castle/Laundry Cottage.
16:30-17:30 Drive to pay our respects at the grave of Julius Drewe in the nearby village of Drewsteignton.
For those wishing to have some post-tour refreshment, the Church is next door to The Drewe Arms Public House.
How to get there
Address: Drewsteignton, near Exeter, Devon, EX6 6PB
By road: 5 miles south of A30. From the A30 take A382 Whiddon Down to Moretonhampstead road; turn off at Sandy Park, then follow signs to Castle Drogo. Approach lanes narrow with tight corners. From Plymouth drive over Dartmoor passing Two Bridges, when you reach Moretonhampstead follow the A382 to Sandy Park, turn right, and follow signs up to Castle Drogo. Due to the narrow roads on the approach to Castle Drogo coaches longer than 10.5 metres and wider than 2.39 metres (or bigger than 43 seats) are not recommended.
Parking: 400 yards, parking charges apply, £2 for up to 2 hours, £4 all day. Members free, but please scan your card in the machine to receive a ticket to put on your windscreen.
By train: Yeoford 8 miles
By bus: Take the Dartline Coaches Bus 173 leaving from Exeter bus station (passing Exeter Central train station), available Monday to Saturday. The bus drops off at the bottom of Castle Drogo’s drive which is a 800 yard walk uphill to the Visitor Centre.