Updated: Sep 29, 2017
Abandoned beaches, empty lanes, lonely paths – the clamour of families and the mirth of friends are consigned to another year of memories and a sense of order has once again descended upon South Devon.
The peace and quiet of autumn is one of the best times to explore the countryside in and around Dartmouth from bracing walks along the South West Coast Path, to more sedate ambles through woodland and farmland with plenty to choose from.
Bayards Cove Inn to Dartmouth Castle 2 miles
This is a pleasant amble along the River Dart to the castle and back. Dartmouth Castle is one of many fortifications built over the centuries to defend one of England’s most important waterways. Find out more about the Castle here.
Dartmouth Castle to Compass Cove
For a longer walk, keep going along the coast path to the mouth of the River Dart going past old coastguard cottages, over styles and along paths to the rocky foreshore. For walk details click here.
Dartmouth Castle to Sugary Cove
A gorgeous little beach tucked into the nook of the cliffs and a perfect place to stop awhile, drink a cup of warming hot chocolate, and soak in the peace and quiet.
Click here for walk details.
Kingswear to Froward Point
Jump on the ferry for this walk that starts in Kingswear. You’ll see castles, cliffs, seals and skylarks for this circular walk that is 3.5 miles. It passes through woodland and visits the remains of the Brownstone Battery, build during the Second World War to prevent enemy landings on the beach.
For more details click here.
Strete to Stoke Fleming
This is a spectacular section of the coastline with great views over Start Bay, Slapton Ley, Blackpool Sands and across to the Daymark near Froward Point.
It’s about two miles lone and full walk details are available here.
A circuit of3.5 miles starting at the National Trust carpark at Redlap, Little Dartmouth woodland, kssing gates and glorious views of the cliffs are the order of the day with plenty of wildlife, perhaps even a grey seal, to spot too. More details here.
Nothing beats a coastal walk with bracing, breezy beaches, crashing waves and craggy cliffs. So lace up your boots, book a short stay at the Bayards Cove Inn, and enjoy some of Devon’s finest walks, right on your doorstep.