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|Lupton Park Farm, Maypool and Galmpton Circular|
|Author: BjornBP, Published: 12 Sep 2014||Walk rating : Rating:|
|Devon, Edge of Torbay & River Dart|
|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.
|Start to Fork|
Start point: 50.3823 lat, -3.5598 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.
|Fork to Road|
Start point: 50.3826 lat, -3.5662 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.
|Road to Give Way|
Start point: 50.3827 lat, -3.5758 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.
|Give Way to T Junction|
Start point: 50.3853 lat, -3.5728 long
Follow the lane along this reasonably flat section of the walk.
|T Junction to Combe Lane Public Bridleway|
Start point: 50.3921 lat, -3.5669 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)|
Start point: 50.3913 lat, -3.5655 long
A short distance (a matter of yards) after the bridge, turn right by some farm buildings onto the Combe Lane Public Bridleway (signposted).
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2014 by the author BjornBP and may not be reproduced without permission.
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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