On leaving the 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 toward 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 mile and half until the leat joins the river at Hill bridge. To return to the Elephant’s Nest via a different route you can climb the path to the left of the bridge and turn left on 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 20minutes 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!
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Depending how far you want to walk it is probably best to drive to Lane End which you can do by turning right out of the pub and following the road for about 2 miles and following the signs to Lane End until the road stops and you find a car park with a flag pole in it (check there is no red warning flag flying as this means the army are live firing). Once you leave the car park take a right and follow the stone track beside the hedge until you go past Nat Tor Farm, the track then stops and you need bear left up towards the leat where you will find a flat path that runs beside the leat and gives you glorious views over Tavy Cleave. You can follow this path till you meet the river below Ger Tor, you can then continue following the river upstream until there is a less steep piece of ground to loop up behind Ger Tor where you can enjoy some great views over Dartmoor and the Cleave. From Ger Tor it is then a simple walk downhill back to the car park you arrived at.