The Dart Valley Trail is one of South Devon’s most favoured walking routes, and this comes as no surprise....
There’s no better way to get to know Dartmouth and the surrounding countryside than to lace up your walking boots and set out on foot, whether that’s around the historic town, along the Coast Path or up the Dart Valley.
Enjoy panoramas with views that stretch as far as Torbay over Kingswear, or to the iconic Start Point Lighthouse from above beautiful Blackpool Sands. Trek through dense forest, unspoilt farmland and picturesque streets – you’ll be amazed at the variety of scenery you’ll cover even on a shorter walk in our region.
Warren Cottage (sleeps 6) is located in the perfect spot for exploring the South West Coast Path around Dartmouth and Start Bay. Its stunning location in Little Dartmouth is convenient for short walks to the harbour, Dartmouth Castle, Sugary Cove, and Compass Cove, plus longer walks to Blackpool Sands, Slapton Sands and beyond.
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Without further ado, here are three of our favourite Dartmouth walks:
The beautiful views start as soon as you leave the car park in Dartmouth, with the picturesque harbour and multi-coloured houses of Kingswear giving way to views of the wooded estuary banks guarded by Dartmouth Castle. Before long you’ll reach peaceful Warfleet Creek, the woods around Gallant’s Bower and then the coast– all within the first 20 minutes!
This is a moderately strenuous walk, made easier by the numerous benches nestling in beauty spots along the way, not to mention the Green Dragon pub in Stoke Fleming and the fantastic Venus Café at Blackpool Sands.
See our visual guide to the wonderful walk from Dartmouth to Blackpool Sands.
Little beats discovering a ‘secret’ cove whilst exploring the South West Coast Path. Sugary Cove is one such hidden gem. Despite being just a few (admittedly sometimes steep!) steps from Dartmouth Castle, Sugary Cove is a mini-beach that many visitors never realise is there.
If you’re interested in other secluded coves and beaches in our area, why not walk a little further to Compass Cove, which you can find out more about in our Dartmouth to Blackpool Sands guide.
You might also be interested in our article on secret Devon beaches.
Crossing the Dart Estuary from Dartmouth to Kingswear on the passenger ferry presents many new opportunities for discovering wonderful walks. Churston Ferrers, Galmpton and Brixham for example are all reachable via dedicated walking trails from Kingswear. But we’ve focused on a particularly picturesque walk to Greenway, the former home of the late Dame Agatha Christie. It’s a tough trek with many steep accents and descents, but worth it for the views along the way. These include a stunning panorama of the Dart Valley and Greenway itself, which Dame Agatha called ‘the loveliest place on earth.’
Cross the river to Dittisham for an equally breathtaking (in both senses of the word!) walk back to Dartmouth or simply to explore this pretty harbour village before settling down for a meal at the Ferry Boat Inn or Anchorstone Café. The Greenway and Dittisham passenger ferries offer an easy and scenic route back to Dartmouth if you don’t fancy the long walk back.
Dartmouth sits just a 10-minute drive from the edge of Start Bay, a glorious stretch of coastline which encompasses a wide range of scenery, from fine shingle beaches to a national nature reserve to the rugged cliffs around Start Point. Especially hardy hikers may be able to walk to Blackpool Sands and still have the energy to push on to Slapton Sands, perhaps to Beesands or even Hallsands. But most of us, when we set out to explore Start Bay, tend to drive to Blackpool Sands, Slapton Sands or further south and walk from there. Find out more about stunning Start Bay here.
There are many more coastal and countryside walks to choose from, both in and around Dartmouth and further afield in the rest of the South Hams. We’ve put together some information about our favourite South Devon walks to help you plan your next trip.
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