Discover the rich history and maritime heritage of Dartmouth with the Dartmouth Town Trail

The Dartmouth Town Trail offers a unique opportunity to discover the town’s rich history and stunning scenery. This 1.6-mile (2.5 km) circular walk is easy and suitable for all ages and abilities, making it an ideal activity for families, couples, and solo travellers.

Start your journey at the Dartmouth Higher Ferry, which has been operational since the 16th century. As you walk along the North Embankment, take in the stunning views of the River Dart and the town. Coronation Park, previously a shipyard and warehouse area, is a testament to Dartmouth’s maritime history.

The trail leads you to The Quay, where you can visit the Newcomen Engine House, celebrating the first steam engine used to pump out mines, designed in 1712 by Dartmouth ironmonger Thomas Newcomen.

Further along the trail, you’ll come across the Dart Lifeboat Station, re-established in 2007, which serves the Dart river and surrounding coastline. Clarence Street, a favorite place for sea captains to live in the past, features historic buildings such as the Butterwalk, built in 1635.

As you continue along the South Embankment, you’ll pass Bayard’s Cove Fort, which dates back to the 16th century and has been featured in films and TV shows. Our own inn, once known as Agincourt House, is Dartmouth’s second oldest building, and a must-see too.

In the centre of town St. Saviour’s Church, built in 1335 and consecrated in 1372, features monuments including John Hawley’s tomb and a medieval ironwork door decorated with two Plantagenet leopards. Foss Street marks the site of a dam that was used to drive two water wheels in the 13th century. The Pannier Market is part of the extensive town improvements associated with the filling-in of the mill pool in the 19th century.

The Dartmouth Town Trail includes many more points of interest related to Dartmouth’s maritime history, such as its role in the exploration of Newfoundland, the English Channel, and the crusades. The town was also involved in the pilgrim fathers’ journey to the New World and was a major port for fishing and trade in the past.

The Dartmouth Town Trail is a must-see for anyone visiting South Devon. With its rich history, stunning scenery, and unique cultural heritage, it’s no wonder that Dartmouth is a popular destination for tourists from all over the world.

Don’t forget to pop unto Bayards Cove Inn for refreshments!