The Best Walks in South Hams

21 July 2017

With the beautiful countryside of the Dart Valley on your doorstep, South Hams is an excellent place for a walk!

Explore South Hams by foot with some of the best walks in the River Dart area. Explore forests, cliffs and towns this summer and take in the amazing views.

We’ve selected some of our favourite walks to get your legs pumping this summer. From short town circuits for young families to daylong rambles for more experienced walkers, it’s time to get trail bound!

The Dart Circuit – 1.5 miles

The Dart Circuit is ideal for those with young children or a pushchair in tow who want to stay close to town. This route lets you take in the sights of the Dart without taking you too far away from the comforts of the Dartmouth streets. The Dart Circuit includes two quick fon to this short walk. If you want to stretch your legs just that little bit more, this walk can be extended up to an extra-mile by talking two walk extensions.

Explore South Hams by foot with some of the best walks in the River Dart area. Explore forests, cliffs and towns this summer and take in the amazing views.

The full guide for this walk is available for free from the Devon County Council website.

Little Dartmouth Walk – 4 miles

The Little Dartmouth walk starts you off in a small, secluded car park, but initial impressions are deceiving – this 4-mile circuit offers relaxing forest ambience and awe inspiring coastal views. You can even – if you’ve got the energy for it – stop off to visit Dartmouth Castle on your way past. If you find yourself feeling peckish then a short walk extension takes you into Dartmouth proper with its many pubs, restaurants and café’s waiting to provide for a weary traveller.

While not suitable for small children or pushchairs, this moderate walk provides a healthy challenge for all novice walkers while rewarding your efforts with spectacular views.

Explore South Hams by foot with some of the best walks in the River Dart area. Explore forests, cliffs and towns this summer and take in the amazing views.

The full guide for this work is available for free from the National Trust website.

Kingswear to Froward Point – 5 miles

This circular walk takes you up into the cliffs and countryside of the coastline south of Kingswear and is a walk rich in fascinating natural and historical sights. Starting in Kingswear this path will take you towards the coast with a view of Dartmouth Castle on the opposing bank. You’ll also have a chance to see the smaller Kingswear Castle, which was abandoned after the armaments at Dartmouth became powerful enough to cover the whole area. You’ll also get up close to the grade II listed Daymark, which in the past was a marker for ships at sea. The Kingswear to Froward Point walk is a moderate to severe trail and is best suited to experienced walkers after more of an adventure!

Explore South Hams by foot with some of the best walks in the River Dart area. Explore forests, cliffs and towns this summer and take in the amazing views.

The full guide for this work is available for free from the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty website.

Dartmouth to Greenway: The Dart Valley Trail – 9 miles

Considered one of the great walks of the area, this 9-mile ramble is a great day excursion for the discerning walker. This route has a little bit of everything, town walking, escapes into the forest and stunning views to name just a few of it’s features. Going as far north as Greenway and Dittisham, this walk is a great way to really get to know the Dart Valley area and includes two ferry crossings, one at Dartmouth and one at Greenway. As well as taking in the sights, walkers can expect to learn a lot about the natural and manmade history of the area, from sea-faring raiders to river-bound seals. While definitely a walk for the more intrepid, the Dartmouth to Greenway stretch of the Dart Valley Trail is a fantastic way to spend a sunny summer day.

Explore South Hams by foot with some of the best walks in the River Dart area. Explore forests, cliffs and towns this summer and take in the amazing views.

The full guide for this walk is available for free from the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty website.

But if walking isn’t your thing, there’s so much more to see and do in South Hams and Galmpton Touring Park, with its central location east of Dartmouth, makes an ideal hub from which to experience it all!

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