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Galmpton Creek to Greenway Gardens

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Galmpton Creek to Greenway Gardens
Author: BjornBP, Published: 16 Sep 2014 Walk rating : Rating:star0 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar0 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar0 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar0 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar0 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK
Devon, River Dart (Torbay side)
Walk Type: Coastal
Galmpton Creek to Greenway Gardens
Length: 4 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 coastal circular walk taking in woodland and the gardens of Greenway - Agatha Christie's house.

Dogs can be off lead for much of this walk, although please exercise care when crossing or walking along the road section as this can be busy with tourist traffic. (We had our dogs on leads for these bits.)

The beach section at the beginning of this walk is tidal, so on very high tides you may have to keep right to the edge of the beach (or even paddle) for a short distance. It may be worth checking the tide times to avoid this.

There are a couple of stiles on this route which dogs may find difficult to negotiate. Our 40 kilo Boxer only just managed to squeeze under the first stile - and would have found it difficult to climb over. Smaller dogs should be fine.

This is a fairly easy walk, although there are sections which would be difficult for those who are a little unsteady on their feet.

From the junction of the A379 Dartmouth Road and A3022, turn into Langdon Lane and follow it across the common land and down the hill into Galmpton village, crossing one mini-roundabout as you descend. When you reach the T junction at the bottom, turn right (direction Waddeton) and after a couple of hundred yards, take the left turn, signposted "Dartside Boat Park". When you reach the boatyard (OS Grid ref SX 88174 56059), find somewhere convenient and out of the way to park. Approximate post code TQ5 0EH.

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Walk Sections

Start to Lime Kiln Stile
Start to Lime Kiln Stile

Start point: 50.3939 lat, -3.5745 long
End point: 50.3889 lat, -3.5792 long

Follow the lane around the boatyard (with the water to your right), over the hill and down the other side to Galmpton Mill. Drop down onto the beach (you might have to skirt the very edge or even paddle a short way during very high tides) and follow the beach round until you reach a stile with a Lime Kiln a few yards beyond.

Lime Kiln Stile to Lower Greenway Farm
Lime Kiln Stile to Lower Greenway Farm

Start point: 50.3889 lat, -3.5792 long
End point: 50.3862 lat, -3.5797 long

After crossing the stile, follow the public footpath, aiming for the distinctive tree in the picture.

Pass the tree and carry on up towards a gate which takes you into the field to your right. Then aim for Lower Greenway Farm dead ahead of you.

Enter the farm yard (either by the stile or through the gate) and then carry on through the farm yard and out the other side. Just as you leave the farmyard, turn left into the small meadow and walk up to the stile ahead of you. (Warning: there is a road just the other side of the stile, so don't let your dogs jump over first!)

Lower Greenway Farm to Left Fork
Lower Greenway Farm to Left Fork

Start point: 50.3862 lat, -3.5797 long
End point: 50.3831 lat, -3.5869 long

After the stile, cross over the road and go straight ahead to follow the path up into the woods and round to the right.

Soon, you will start to see signs for Greenway which you should follow. At one point along the way, the path forks into a steep route (left) and a moderate route (right). This route follows the lower option.

Presently, the path comes out into the car park for Greenway. Keep the car park to your right and join the road which leads down to the National Trust property. Follow the road down until it comes to a fork, take the left fork signposted for "South Lodge".

Left Fork to Boathouse and battery
Left Fork to Boathouse and battery

Start point: 50.3831 lat, -3.5869 long
End point: 50.3797 lat, -3.5841 long

Walk up the driveway which runs along the outer edge of Greenway's garden wall. Presently you will come to a sign for South Lodge and a gateway to your right, taking you into the gardens.

Take a rest on the bench just inside the gateway and to your left and enjoy the view out over the River Dart.

Once rested, continue along the inside of the wall (river to your right) and then follow the path to the right and down towards the rivers edge. The path zigzags as it goes down, but follow it as far as you can go, before turning right (river to your left) and follow the path to the boat house. Step inside and enjoy the view.

Boathouse and battery to Greenway Quay
Boathouse and battery to Greenway Quay

Start point: 50.3797 lat, -3.5841 long
End point: 50.3823 lat, -3.5915 long

After taking in the boathouse, continue along the path and across the battery, and follow the signs for Greenway Quay. This will eventually bring you out onto the road, so advisable that dogs are on leads from here until you reach the farm on the return leg later.

Once you reach the quay, refreshments are available at a small kiosk. Or, if you fancy something stronger, take the foot ferry to Dittisham for a pub lunch. Check ferry times to avoid being stranded on the other side.

Greenway Quay to End

Start point: 50.3823 lat, -3.5915 long
End point: 50.394 lat, -3.5745 long

After taking refreshments at Greenway Quay, return up the road along which you came and carry on past the path that brought you here. Stay on this road until you see a lane forking to your left which takes you back to Lower Greenway Farm. From here you can retrace your steps back to your car.

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