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Dartmouth Greenway round – Dart Valley Trail (7.5m)

Category
Moderate to Strenuous
About This Project

Dartmouth Greenway round – The lower half of the Dart Valley Trail, a great circular walk in itself!

One of the area’s truly great walks, this day- long ramble follows the wooded banks of the broad and beautiful Dart estuary, on a route crammed with gems and jewels of human and natural history.

Overview

Start
Mayors Avenue car park, Dartmouth. TQ6 9NG
Distance
9.7 miles ( 8.7 using alternative inland route)
Difficulty
Moderate to strenuous. 10 stiles (3 can be bypassed); 3 flights of steps; 4 steep ascents; 2 steep descents.
Terrain
Footpaths, fairly even, occasionally muddy through fields in wet weather; surfaced roads.
Parking
Mayors Avenue car park, Dartmouth. TQ6 9NG (length of stay restricted May-Sep). High season option – Dartmouth Park and Ride. Proceed to Mayor’s Avenue car park for start of walk.
OS map
Explorer OL20
Grid Reference
SX 878 515
Public transport
Buses to Kingswear and Dartmouth – www.travelinesw.com; Steam train to Kingswear www.dartmouthrailriver.co.uk Ferry details at www.southdevonaonb.org.uk/walks
Refreshments
In Kingswear, Dartmouth, Dittisham and Greenway Quay
Toilets
On waterfront by Mayor’s Avenue Car Park

Directions

  1. Leave car park past public toilets and turn right along the waterfront. Just past Station Restaurant turn left onto pontoon. Take passenger ferry to Kingswear.
  2. From ferry at Kingswear turn left up road. Turn left opposite village stores over railway footbridge and follow yellow- marked footpath alongside railway line.
  3. At the Higher Ferry slipway, turn right over the level crossing and up road. Just beyond public toilets, bear right up ramp and steps to climb through woods.
  4. At t- junction, turn left along drive, signed ‘Greenway Ferry and Maypool’ then at main road take footpath opposite and to left down steps and through woods. At the tarmac drive take footpath opposite and to right, leading into Long Wood.
  5. At t- junction in woods, turn left and follow track through woods above river. Track eventually curves to right and uphill. Turn left along terrace path.
  6. After steep climb, turn left over stile and follow path. Part way down hill, cross into field to right over stile and continue down along hedge line.
  7. At field exit turn left, signed ‘Greenway Gardens ¾m’. Pass through gate and down track past houses. Turn left at road.
  8. Continue through gate. By bench in open field, turn right through gate. Once over brow of hill bear left down field edge path. At the bottom turn right along Greenway Drive.
  9. By the lodge house turn left down road to quay. Cross river via ferry.
  10. Walk up road through Dittisham. After 350m, turn sharp left along Rectory Lane.
  11. Turn right after 250m up track along public footpath. After a further 100m, turn left over stile and follow path up along field edges.
  12. Turn left at the road. (Alternative easier route from here: continue along road past Bozomzeal then turn right and follow waymarkers through fields and round edge of wood.Turn left down green lane to rejoin main route at the bottom).
  13. Main route: After 250m, turn left, signed ‘Permissive Path – Old Mill Creek’. Follow well- used track initially then follow waymarkers along field edges.
  14. Where path meets green lane, turn left. After 200m, turn right down path which leads towards river. After crossing a stile cut diagonally down across next field, and through woods.
  15. At bottom of steps bear left, and then left again where you join a further track.
  16. At Old Mill Creek cross over bridge and follow road up out of valley.
  17. At t- junction in Townstal, turn right along Archway Drive and then first left onto Townstal crescent.
  18. Cross main road at pedestrian crossing and turn left down hill. Turn first right along Church Rd and down the hill.
  19. Cross at next junction down Mount Boone. Fork right down Townstal Hill. At the junction with Vicarage Hill carry straight on down the narrow lane, Clarence Hill.
  20. Turn right down steps of Brown’s Hill and bear left. At the bottom, head towards the church tower, along Foss St. At the road turn left. Cross into Royal Avenue Gardens and bear left past toilets into car park.

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