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Jan 9, 2023 | Dartmouth, Strete, Walks

Dartmouth town centre to Dartmouth Castle

3.2 miles (5.1 km)

Start at Coronation Park, Dartmouth – TQ6 9PQ 


A beautiful stroll from Dartmouth town centre to Dartmouth Castle has to be on every visitor’s to-do list. Claimed to be one of the “most beautifully located fortresses in England”, Dartmouth Castle stands proud, guarding the entrance to the River Dart and the town. 

This stunning walk clings to the banks of the river and follows the road and paths around to the Castle and the mouth of the River Dart. Managed by English Heritage, the Castle dates back some 600 years and has some lovely interactive activities for children. Finish off with a cup of tea and cake at the cafe or perhaps an ice cream… the views across the estuary are stunning! A fabulous walk at any time of the year. 

  • From Coronation Park on the North Embankment, close to the Dartmouth Higher Ferry, with the river in front of you, turn right.
  • Walk along the Embankment towards the end of Coronation Park and past the Boat Float.
  • Keep walking along the Embankment and turn right at the end, through Cole’s Court.
  • Take a left turn into Lower Street and follow the road down beside the river to Bayard’s Cove Fort. 
  • From the old castle at Bayards Cove head up the steps onto Southtown and turn left
  • Follow the path until you reach Warfleet Road, head to Gallants Bower.
  • Follow the footpath through the woods until it drops down to Castle Road where you turn left and follow the road to Dartmouth Castle.

Don’t miss

  • The views over Dartmouth from the top of the battlement
  • The lower floor where the chain would have stretched across the estuary
  • Wildlife spotting from the ferry boat ride to or from the castle 
  • A home-made cream tea in the sunshine while you watch the boats drift by

Continue along the path past One Gun Point, to Warfleet Cove where you’ll meet the Dartmouth road. Retrace your steps back to Coronation Park. 

Dartmouth town centre to Dartmouth Castle map

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