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Lupton Park Farm, Maypool and Galmpton Circular

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Lupton Park Farm, Maypool and Galmpton Circular
Author: BjornBP, Published: 12 Sep 2014 Walk rating : Rating:star1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK
Devon, Edge of Torbay & River Dart
Walk Type: Footpaths and byways
Lupton Park Farm, Maypool and Galmpton Circular
Length: 3 miles,  Difficulty: boot iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK boot iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK
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A very pleasant rural walk with glimpses of the Torbay Coastline as well as the River Dart. About an hour's walk at a moderate pace.

Suitable for dogs who can be allowed off their leads along the bridle path sections. Across fields, dogs should be on leads if there are livestock. Same for the road section: although this is a country lane, it is also the main route to Greenway House (Agatha Christie's home) which is popular with tourists and therefore the lane can be busy.

Most gradients are gentle and the road section is reasonably flat. However, there is one steeper section on the way back, thus increasing the difficulty rating to two "boots".

Baby buggies with small wheels will find some bits troublesome. Larger wheeled/"all terrain" buggies should be OK (so long as the person pushing is reasonably fit and healthy).

Fans of steam railways may be rewarded with the sight of trains passing along the Paignton to Dartmouth Steam railway.

Find the partially concealed parking (limited spaces) spot behind some trees approx halfway between Churston Ferrers and Hillhead on the Torbay to Kingswear/Dartmouth main road, A379 Kennels Road. OS Grid Ref SX 89232 54769. Nearest post code is TQ5 0HJ, although this will take you to Churston Ferrers, not the small parking area.

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Walk Sections

Start to Fork
Start to Fork

Start point: 50.3823 lat, -3.5598 long
End point: 50.3826 lat, -3.5662 long

Park in the (limited space) parking area and take the track leading from the rear of this space. Dogs can come off leads as soon as you leave the parking area.

Ignore the five bar gate ahead of you and instead follow the path round to the right, taking in the beautiful views through the hedges of Torbay and the coastline beyond.

Follow the path down until you reach a small wooded glade where the path forks in two. This is the point that you will return to later on your way back. Take the left fork and proceed along the path.

Fork to Road
Fork to Road

Start point: 50.3826 lat, -3.5662 long
End point: 50.3827 lat, -3.5758 long

Follow the path along until you come to a five bar gate with a stile set back on its right. Cross into the field (dogs on leads if livestock present) and follow the path down the hill.

Pleasant views of the River Dart with yacht moorings are along this stretch.

When you reach the bottom of the hill, go through the five bar gate.

Road to Give Way

Start point: 50.3827 lat, -3.5758 long
End point: 50.3853 lat, -3.5728 long

Turn right down the path / drive and proceed until you come to a Give Way sign. If you don't already have your dogs on a lead, it is strongly advised to do this now as the lane you will be joining can be busy with tourist traffic.

Turn right at the Give Way sign.

Give Way to T Junction
Give Way to T Junction

Start point: 50.3853 lat, -3.5728 long
End point: 50.3921 lat, -3.5669 long

Follow the lane along this reasonably flat section of the walk.

The lane runs alongside the railway line which is used by steam trains running from Paignton to Kingswear (Dartmouth) and you may be rewarded by the sight of a steam locomotive passing by.

Keep dogs on leads as this road can be busy - especially during peak tourist times.

Shortly after Galmpton Holiday Park (the only holiday park on this route) you come to a T Junction (pictured). Turn right here.

T Junction to Combe Lane Public Bridleway
T Junction to Combe Lane Public Bridleway

Start point: 50.3921 lat, -3.5669 long
End point: 50.3913 lat, -3.5655 long

Walk for approximately 100 yards, crossing the bridge over the railway track. If you are lucky, you might see steam trains passing (picture).

Combe Lane Public Bridleway to Fork (return leg)
Combe Lane Public Bridleway to Fork (return leg)

Start point: 50.3913 lat, -3.5655 long
End point: 50.3826 lat, -3.5662 long

A short distance (a matter of yards) after the bridge, turn right by some farm buildings onto the Combe Lane Public Bridleway (signposted).

Dogs can come off leads now until you return to the car park.

Along this stretch there is a (very) shallow stream which crosses the path and where your hot and thirsty dogs can take a drink.

Follow the bridleway back up to the fork. Along this stretch there is one steepish section but otherwise the gradient is mild to moderate.

At the top of this section, arrive back at the glade and retrace your steps along the path back to your car.

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The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.

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