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Templer Way

This walking route from Haytor on Dartmoor to the mouth of the Teign, with historic connections.

Description


The Templer Way is a route for walkers linking Haytor on Dartmoor to the mouth of the Teign. It follows, where possible, the route of the Granite Tramway, the Stover Canal and the Teign Estuary, the historic route by which granite and clay were transported to the port of Teignmouth before being shipped around the country. The route is named after the Templer family who built the tramway and canal.

Templer Way

The Templer Way is 18 miles long and covers a wide range of scenery including open moorland, woodland, meadow, historical tracks, urban land and estuary foreshore.

Anyone wishing to complete the Templer Way in one day should allow up to 10 check tide tables before setting out, as it is only safe to walk the estuary section within 2 hours of low tide.

Route Map

Download a copy of the Templer Way Route Map. Or contact the Teignbridge Rangers for a paper copy.

Facilities

* Picnic benches
* Car parks
* Bus stops
* Dog mess bins
* Informative Signs
* Local Shops/pubs/cafes

Please help us by:


* Not feeding the Dartmoor ponies
* Not dropping litter
* Keeping dogs under control at all times
* Supporting local shops, pubs and cafes on route
* Leaving your car at home - take the bus instead!

History Of The Route


The story of the route began in 1722 when James Templer was born in Exeter. He was brought up an orphan and then, when still young, he ran away to sea. He eventually made his fortune in India, apparently through the building of Madras Docks, and returned to England. In 1765 he purchased the run-down Stover Estate near Newton Abbot, built the new Stover House and set about renovating his estate.

In 1792, his son, James II built a canal between Teigngrace and the tidal River Teign at Newton Abbot. This, the Stover Canal, was built to carry clay for export from workings on his land via New Quay, Teignmouth.
In 1820 James II's son, George Templer built a granite tramway from Haytor to link with the canal in order to export the granite being extracted from his Dartmoor quarries. However, he sold the tramway to the Duke of Somerset around 1842 and built Sandford Orleigh House, which overlooks Jetty Marsh Local Nature Reserve. Once the granite quarries become uneconomic during the 1850s the tramway was no longer used.

In 1862 the Duke sold the canal and tramway to the Moretonhampstead and South Devon Railway. Part of the railway was built on top of the tramway, beside the canal. The canal carried on operating until the Second World War.

The walking route


Using a mixture of rights of way, permissive routes and minor roads, the Templer Way follows as closely as possible, the route of the Templers' ventures. Except on the open moorland at Haytor Down, where the granite rails of the tramway can be followed, the route is waymarked in both directions, and may be tackled in short stretches or in one go. The waymarks show the Templer Way logo, a tramway wheel and the tiller and rudder of a barge. There are also a series of information boards along the route.

Wildlife


The Templer Way weaves its way through a variety of habitats including County Wildlife Sites and Local Nature Reserves. Look out for dragonflies and water-lilies at Haytor Quarry and the famous Dartmoor ponies. The Stover Country Park is a designated SSSI due to its importance for dragonflies. At Jetty Marsh Local Nature Reserve, a wonderful variety of plants and animals can be seen. Listen for the noisy song of the rare Cetti's Warbler and the yaffle of the green woodpecker. The Aller Brook Local Nature Reserve is home to bee orchids, kingfishers, the occasional otter and a variety of estuary birds including little egrets, herons and swans.