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56 Take a Walk Dartmouth Castle & Gallants Bower


A stroll along the River Dart to Dartmouth Castle. There are breathtaking views over the River Dart as you climb to Gallants Bower. This is a brilliant walk in spring, when, around the castle, the woods are carpeted with wild- flowers and ring with birdsong.


A CIRCULAR WALK


START: Coronation Park, Dartmouth - TQ6 9PQ


DISTANCE: 3.3 miles (5.3 km) TERRAIN: Moderate. Streets, tarmac paths and woodland footpaths, with some stretches of ascent and descent including steps.


Route Description 1. From Coronation Park, near the Higher Ferry on the North Embankment, turn right to head downstream.


Coronation Park was created in 1937 when land was reclaimed to build the North Embankment. Until that time, this area - known as Coombe Mud - was lined with shipyards. A warehouse, reclaimed at the same time, can still be seen on Mayor’s Avenue, complete with hooks for unloading cargoes.


2. Reaching the end of Coronation Park, carry on along the North Embankment, past the Boat Float.


The North and South Embank- ments were created in 1885, to accommodate ships at low water. Mayors Avenue was cut off from the river as a result, and there was an outcry among


shipbuilders who had business- es there. New Quay was also cut off, but it was given access to the water by means of a pas- sage under the embankment, which created the Boat Float.


3. Continue ahead along the South Embankment, and at the end turn right through Cole’s Court.


The earliest ferry across the river - a rowing boat - was replaced in 1834 by the horse ferry, which could hold two horses and carts, operating from the same part of Dartmouth as the Lower Ferry does today.


4. Turn left down Lower Street to carry on alongside the river to Bayards Cove Fort.


On your left, as you turn onto Lower Street, Agincourt House was built in the fourteenth century. The castle and quay at Bayards Cove were built in the sixteenth century, and they have been used as a location for many films. The ‘Onedin Line’ TV series was filmed here.


5. Taking the steps up from the old castle, turn left onto South- town and follow the South West Coast Path to Gallants Bower at Warfleet Road.


6. Follow the footpath through the woods from Gallants Bower until you reach Castle Road. Turn left here to follow the road to Dartmouth Castle.


7. Leaving the castle, carry on along the river past One Gun Point to Warfleet Cove.


8. At Warfleet Cove you are returned to the road. From here retrace your steps to Coronation Park.


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