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Take a Walk 57


A high-level walk around the cliffs above the mouth of the River Dart. Allow time for exploring the remains of many centuries of history around Dartmouth Castle, Warfleet Cove and Gallants Bower.


START: The National Trust Car Park, Redlap, Little Dartmouth - TQ6 0JP


DISTANCE: 4.2 miles (6.7 km) Moderate.


TERRAIN: Coastal path and field footpaths, uneven in places and sometimes muddy, surfaced road and bridleway. Some uphill and downhill.


Route Description 1. From the bottom of the car park, follow the fingerpost to pick up the South West Coast Path. Head downhill along the edge of several fields to the coast at Warren Point.


2. Above Willow Cove, fork right to continue to Compass Cove. At the back of the cove, the path descends steeply towards the shoreline and then rounds Blackstone Point. Carry on around Ladies Cove and Deadmans Cove beyond to arrive at Castle Road above Sugary Cove, at the very mouth of the River Dart.


These cliffs and coastal grasslands provide valuable habitat for small birds such as linnets, whitethroats, yellowhammers, stonechats and the nationally rare cirl bunting. Look out for seals on the rocks below.


3. Turn right to keep following the Coast Path waymarkers, through the trees above Sugary Cove and on to Dartmouth Castle. From the castle continue along the Coast Path around Castle Point and One Gun Point, to Warfleet Cove.


Warfleet was once a separate parish from Dartmouth. In the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, it was an important centre for trade and the scene of several industries. The lime kilns still visible around the cove produced fertiliser, while the 1819 paper mill became a flour mill and then a brewery. After 1945, it produced deter- gent and then pottery, employing more than 200 people in the 50s/60s, and its wares included the famous ‘gurgling fish jugs’.


Little Dartmouth & St Petrox A CIRCULAR WALK


4. From Warfleet Cove take the path to Gallants Bower.


Gallants Bower was constructed during the English Civil War to defend Dartmouth and its castle from attack by the Parliamentarians. In January 1646 Cromwell’s men took it after a long siege. Gallants Bower is the perfect place in Spring when the bluebells are resplendent.


5. From Gallants Bower follow the footpath through the woods until it drops you back on Castle Road.


6. Turn right and follow the lane past Little Dartmouth and back to the car park at the start of the walk.


Why not...


Combine this walk with a refreshment break at the Castle


Tea Rooms - see p. 36


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