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Our Favourite Dartmouth Walks

With so many Dartmouth walks to choose from, all promising beautiful scenery, it’s difficult to know where to start. So, to make it easy for you to make the most of your stay in Dartmouth, we’ve hand selected some of our favourites for you to enjoy. We’ve included a range of distances and difficulties, and as with all coastal walks in Devon, keep your eyes peeled for wildlife, especially seals and dolphins, along the way.

Bayard’s Cove Fort
Distance: 3.4 miles | Difficulty: Moderate

Dartmouth to Dartmouth Castle

One of the most popular Dartmouth walks, this route takes you along the River Dart, past Bayard’s Cove Fort all the way to Dartmouth Castle, which has stood at the entrance to the busy Dart Estuary for over 600 years. Access to Dartmouth Castle is £8.50 per adult and £4.50 per child (a family ticket is £21.50). Soak up the history and incredible sea views before retracing your footsteps back to bustling Dartmouth town centre.

Search: Dartmouth to Dartmouth Castle walk for route details

Blackpool Sands
Distance: 11 miles | Difficulty: Challenging

Dartmouth to Blackpool Sands

Start point: Dartmouth Town Centre (9 min drive from Leonards Cove Holiday Park)

This Dartmouth walk is one of the more challenging routes, but your reward will be incredible sea views and a stunning blue flag beach. Starting in Dartmouth, you’ll pass Dartmouth Castle and Warfleet Creek before joining the South West Coast Path, where the stunning seascapes begin. Continue through Little Dartmouth and Stoke Fleming before reaching the golden shores of Blackpool Sands. If you’re feeling brave, it’s a wonderful spot for a sea dip, and there’s a lovely café too so you can fuel up for the return journey.

Search: Dartmouth to Blackpool Sands walk for route details

Dartmouth Walks
Distance: 4 miles | Difficulty: Moderate

Little Dartmouth Circular

Start point: Little Dartmouth Car Park (5 min drive from Leonards Cove Holiday Park)

This lovely loop, as with most Dartmouth walks, has its ups and downs terrain-wise. But trust us, it’s worth it for the endless sea views. Start out at Little Dartmouth car park, hitting the South West Coast Path straightaway where you’ll get your first glimpse of the sea. The windy coastal path will take you eastwards past Combe Point before looping around towards Dartmouth. You’ll be able to spot Dartmouth Castle on the estuary before you begin to follow the path through the woods and westwards back towards Little Dartmouth.

See full route details: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/visit/devon/little-dartmouth/little-dartmouth-circular-walk

River Dart Totnes
Distance: 17 miles | Difficulty: Moderate

Dart Valley Trail

Start point: Various

This well-known route is 17 miles in total and runs between Totnes and Dartmouth. If you’re feeling energetic you can undertake the trail in full, taking in some beautiful scenery and picture-perfect villages, such as Dittisham and Tuckenhay, as well as Agatha Christie’s former home at Greenway. Alternatively, you can enjoy a taster of this Dartmouth walk, by picking a section, for example, a Dartmouth to Dittisham loop is approximately 10 miles. Or you could opt to start at the picturesque town of Totnes and follow a circular route to the Sharpham Estate and back, which is around 6 miles.

Find out more: https://visittotnes.co.uk/see-and-do/inspire-me/cycle-dart-valley/

…and relax

You’ll need somewhere to put your feet up after a day on the coastal path. Our South Devon holiday village is just moments from award-winning Blackpool Sands beach and offers uninterrupted sea views. So, you can sit back, relax and continue to enjoy the beauty of the stunning South Devon coastline.

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