What can you do in Dartmouth?
Walk! There are gentle routes for little legs and more challenging hikes for seasoned walkers, taking in the glorious coast, countryside views and plenty of fresh air in this stunning part of South Devon.
Once you’ve decided how to get to here – by bus, river, sea, train, car or on foot along the South West Coast Path – pull on your walking shoes and enjoy.
Where are the best walks in Dartmouth?
There are many walks in and around Dartmouth, whether you want to go on the Mayflower Heritage Trail or along the coast path.
If you want a fairly easy ramble, we recommend the coast path to Blackstone Point and Dartmouth Castle. It’s about five and half miles and will take a minimum of two and a half hours, depending how often you stop to admire the views.
Where should I park in Dartmouth?
There are 2 car parks in Dartmouth, Mayors Avenue and Dartmouth Castle. On street parking on the North Embankment is free during the winter months. During the summer season most on-street parking is limited to one or two hours which isn’t quite long enough for our walk today.
The Park and Ride service is now open until 31 October 2021.
Let get walking
Start from Bayards Cove Inn and head up to Dartmouth Castle, which is just over a mile.
From Dartmouth Castle go up the steps, passing Compass Cottage and continue straight up the steep lane (signposted Little Dartmouth), and through a kissing gate on to National Trust land.
The path runs along the top of a field and through a five-bar gate on to a green lane. Go through the gate and the farmyard at Little Dartmouth and head on a tarmac lane to the carpark.
Go through the carpark, following the signs to Coast Path Dartmouth. You’ll join the coast path, and then turn left. There are fabulous views here to Start Point in the west and Day Beacon above Kingswear to the east.
From Warren Point follow the coast path to pass above Western Combe Cove and keep going until you come to Blackstone Point where the path turns inland to run along the side of the estuary and through woodland and back to Dartmouth Castle.
The National Trust has a great version of this walk here.
While you’re here
Catch the ferry from Stumpy Steps, not very far from Dartmouth Castle and sign posted, and within a few minutes you’ll be in Dartmouth. The views of the town and Kingswear are magnificent and it will save you walking that last mile into town.