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Dartmouth Castle

Dartmouth Castle to Compass Cove

A 1½ mile circular walk taking you out beyond the mouth of the Dart to offer a taste of the glorious open coast.


Start Dartmouth Castle
Distance 1.5 miles
Circular Walk? Yes
Grade Moderate

Surfaced road; field footpaths; rocky foreshore; woodland footpath. Some sections can be muddy/slippery in the wet.

Obstacles and steep gradients

4 flights of steps; 1 stile; 1 steep descent.


Not suitable for wheelchairs or pushchairs.

Public transport

To Dartmouth: bus service 93 from Kingsbridge, Modbury and Plymouth. Bus service 111 from Totnes. For information on public transport in South Hams please call Traveline on 0871 200 22 33 or visit Regular seasonal ferry from Dartmouth to Dartmouth Castle tel: 01803 835034.

Refreshment stops

Castle Tea Rooms at Dartmouth Castle open daily.


Public toilets by car park at Dartmouth Castle.


Car park at Dartmouth Castle.


Please contact Dartmouth Information Centre on 01803 834224 or visit

Other facilities

Public payphone by car park at Dartmouth Castle.

OS map Explorer 0L20
Grid reference SX 886503


  1. Follow the path up to the left of the old ruined castle, signed ‘Coast Path Stoke Fleming 3 ½ m’ and go up the steps.
  2. At the top, turn left up the road.
  3. After half a mile, by the old coastguard cottages, go straight on through the gate ahead and round the top of a scrubby field.
  4. Just before the gate at the far end of the field turn left and follow the hedge down for 100m then turn left again along the Coast Path.
  5. The path drops steeply down the field. Towards the bottom bear right following the Coast Path waymarker down and over a stile.
  6. Turn left at the fingerpost by the stile and follow the footpath down to the sea and along the rocky foreshore. (At the finger post you can follow an optional detour right down the footpath and some additional steps for 150 metres to Compass Cove. Retrace your steps afterwards and go straight on when you return to the fingerpost).
  7. After 350m the path begins to climb again, and passes through woods.
  8. When you meet the road turn right. After 300m turn right back down the steps to Dartmouth Castle.



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