South Devon National Landscape
Follaton House, Plymouth Road,
Totnes TQ9 5NE


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Little Dartmouth and Dartmouth Castle walk (3.5m)

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Little Dartmouth and Dartmouth Castle – Countryside and castles on the South Devon coast

Small but perfectly formed, this satisfying circuit is full of character and interest, offering glorious views from the cliffs, the tang of the sea close up on the rocky shore, the rich history of the castle and the beautiful River Dart. This circular walk can also be started at Dartmouth Castle.


You can use the Castle ferry from Dartmouth, to reach the alternative start of this walk. Make sure you check the ferry timetable to help plan your route.


This walk includes two hidden National Landscape geocaches – ‘Your South Devon Landscape 7 and 8’ . Information about our geocaches and how to find them here.


Little Dartmouth car park TQ6 0JR (if starting at Dartmouth Castle, begin at point 7)
3.5 miles
Moderate. 3 flights of steps (+5 on alternative route); 2 steep descents; 2 steep ascents
Surfaced and unsurfaced paths.
National Trust car park, Redlap, Little Dartmouth TQ6 0JR (or Dartmouth Castle, TQ6 0JN)
OS map
Explorer OL20
Grid Reference
SX 874 491
Public transport
Buses to Dartmouth, see
At Dartmouth Castle
Dartmouth Castle car park


    1. Start walk through seaward side car park signed ‘Link to Coast Path, Dartmouth Castle 2½m’.
    2. Follow field edge path down. Through kissing gate, head to right of bench and bear left along coast path.
    3. Drop down through the valley beyond Compass Cove, following ‘acorn’ waymarker. Towards the bottom of the valley, ignore the stile, and continue along the path, then through a gate.
    4. Path eventually passes through woods. Bear right where path joins lane.
    5. Here you have a choice. Option one is to continue down road. Alternatively, turn immediately right upon joining road, down footpath. Turn right at waymarker and follow coast path down steps and above sea. This route enjoys fine sea views but involves several flights of steps and some ‘up and down’. The route emerges past a picnic area to the road. Turn right and immediately right again as directed below to rejoin the main route.
    6. Turn right down steps signed ‘Coast Path, Dartmouth Castle’ to visit the castle, tearooms and toilets.
    7. To return, retrace your route back up the steps and turn left along the road.
    8. Follow the road, passing sign reading ‘Access to Compass Cove Cottages and Coastguard Station’.
    9. Where the road ends, go straight on through gate and follow bridleway.
    10. Continue straight through Little Dartmouth Farm and back to the car park.

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