Embrace the autumn and walk yourself happy in Dartmouth

Walking is food for the soul. It’s gets you outdoors in the fresh air, it helps keep you fit, it piques your imagination as you discover new places, and it gives you space to think. As Nietzche said, “All truly great thoughts are conceived while walking.”

There really is nothing like the combination of fresh air and physical activity. It can be truly therapeutic, with research showing that the repetitive activity of walking triggers the body’s relaxation response and helps reduce stress.

Walking is a healthy, green way to discover your surroundings, and by making the time to walk, we’re creating a healthier world filled with happier individuals. Both peaceful and exhilarating, walking will leave you tingling as the cold air caresses your skin, your mind is cleared and you’re left feeling inspired.

Bayards Cove Inn is a great base for your autumn or winter walking holiday. Embrace the elements whatever the weather and then hunker down with us, enjoy a warming tipple, dine on a nourishing supper and stay in one of our warm, relaxing rooms. Then breakfast like a king before heading out on your next adventure.

Dartmouth Town Trail – 1.2 Miles, Easy

This easy, relaxing circular walk takes in Dartmouth’s top history spots so you can get a real feel for the heritage of this beautiful town, from pirates and kings, to the Pilgrim Fathers. With history dating as far back as 4000 BC, Dartmouth has hidden secrets around every corner. 

Dartmouth Town to Dartmouth Castle Circular Walk 3.4 miles, Moderate

Dartmouth Castle is a must for any visitor to Dartmouth, over 600 years old and managed by English Heritage.

With interactive activities for children, a cafe and views across the estuary, the walk up to Dartmouth Castle is a great family activity.

Great any time of year a walk to Dartmouth Castle is fun for all the family. 

Start Point Lighthouse – 1.2miles, Easy

Start Point is the most southerly point in Devon and a great location to view the stunning coastline in either direction. From the Start Point Car Park, there is a short, easy 1.2mile walk towards the Start Point Lighthouse, where you can take in the coastal views, sea birds and you may even spot a seal. Visits to the Lighthouse can also be arranged prior to arriving.

Blackpool Sands – 3.4 Miles, Moderate

Just a short drive from Dartmouth is the beautiful Blackpool Sands Beach. Following parts of the South West Coast Path, this circular walk takes in a mixture of stunning coastal scenery, and quiet countryside lanes through the village of Strete. After your walk — treat yourself to a well deserved drink or meal at the Venus Cafe and enjoy the beach views.

Dartmouth to Greenway – 9 Miles, Hard

Part of the Dart Valley Trail, this circular walk is a full day out, taking in the beautiful scenery of the River Dart Estuary. This route follows the rivers banks and creeks from Dartmouth town, up to the Greenway Estate, the holiday home of Agatha Christie, now a National Trust property.  Watch out for the area’s wildlife, including herons, wading birds, roe deer, and even a seal in the river.

Diamond Jubilee Way – 3.75 Miles, Moderate

The Diamond Jubilee Way was created in 2012 for the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation. This circular walk is in the shape of a diamond, and although it can be walked in either direction, it’s recommended to walk it clockwise. This walk takes you past Dartmouth Castle and up to Jawbones Hill, where you are rewarded with views towards the Britannia Royal Naval College and Start Bay.

Kingswear to Froward Point – 5 miles, Moderate

Across the river from Dartmouth is the pretty village of Kingswear. Take the passenger ferry from Dartmouth across the river to begin your walk. A historical walk, you will be rewarded with views back towards Dartmouth Castle, the Brownstone Battery which was a German naval defence in World War 2, and the iconic Day mark Tower, built in 1864 as a navigational aid to passing ships.

Dartmouth to Dittisham – 5 Miles Challenging

The beautiful village of Dittisham is well worth a visit — and what better way to discover it than by walking along the River Dart Trail. With views across the river and across to Torbay, this walk is both challenging and rewarding, and can be done in either direction. Either catch the ferry to Dittisham and walk back to Dartmouth, or the other way around. Part of the South West Coast Path, this walk is great in autumn when the hedges are full of wildlife.

References: https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/exercise/walking-for-health/