Bluebells at Gallants Bower

Dartmouth Castle to Gallants Bower

A peaceful woodland walk up to the earthworks of a Civil War fort. You’ll soon see why it was built there; it offers commanding views inland, along the coast and out to sea.


Start Dartmouth Castle
Distance 0.75 mile
Circular Walk? No
Grade Easy to Moderate

Woodland footpath with occasional camber.

Obstacles and steep gradients

3 flights of steps each way; the walk up is a steady climb.


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 toilets at Dartmouth Castle.

OS map Explorer 0L20
Grid reference SX 886503


  1. From the fingerpost opposite the tea rooms signed ‘Coast Path Stoke Fleming 3 ½ m’ follow the path up to the left of the old ruined castle wall and go up the steps.
  2. At the top, cross road to left and take the path up to the right into the woods, past the National Trust ‘Gallants Bower’ sign.
  3. Follow the path which climbs steadily as it wends its way up through the woods, until you emerge into the open and reach the old earthworks.
  4. Retrace your steps to return.



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