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Greenway garden ramble


This one mile circular walk leads you through some of the more secluded areas of the garden, including the North Walled Garden and the Bird Pond. It brings you to the best place in the whole garden to see the views of the River Dart all the way down to Dartmouth.

The colourful top garden border in the garden at Greenway, Devon
The Top Border is one of the most colourful areas of Greenway garden National Trust Images / Andrew Butler


A map showing the route of the Greenway garden ramble one mile walk
This one mile walk leads you around Greenway garden National Trust


Greenway visitor reception, grid ref: SX876548


From the car park follow the driveway down to Visitor Reception. Along the driveway you'll see great views of the River Dart and the village of Dittisham, as well as the impressive trees, bamboo and shrubs such as camellias which are planted either side of the driveway.

The driveway leading to Greenway, with spring flowers lining either side
Greenway's garden is at its best in spring; even the driveway looks wonderful National Trust Images / Andrea Jones


From Visitor Reception, walk through the courtyard, and turn left just past the shop. After a short distance, turn through the second archway on the right into the North Walled Garden. Walk through the peach house and leave the North Walled Garden via the arched doorway in the top left corner of the wall.

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Fruit growing in the peach house at Greenway
Peaches and nectarines grow in the peach house in the North Walled Garden National Trust / Juliet Stubbington


Follow the path with a wall running along the left side of it, until you reach an archway on the left; go through the archway and turn right up the lane which has two concrete tracks. Walk up the lane to a house marked South Lodge Holiday Cottage.


At the junction before South Lodge, bear to the right which takes you into the Top Garden. From here you can see the best views of the River Dart and Dartmouth itself. From the Top Garden walk downhill along the hedge line, along a serpentine path, passing a clump of black bamboo on the left. Carry on round the bend in the path and take a right turn which is marked towards the house.

View of the Dart Estuary downstream from Greenway, Devon, which was the holiday home of the crime writer Agatha Christie
From the top of Greenway garden you can see the River Dart down to Dartmouth National Trust Images / Andrew Butler


A little further along this path is the Bird Pond, with a seat next to it where you can enjoy the tranquility of this spot. The sculpture beside the pond - known as the Greenway Bird - was created by Bridget McCrumm. From the pond, walk along the main path towards the house.


As you walk towards the house, the gardens open up into parklands. In the spring this area is filled with brilliant spring colours of primroses and bluebells, and in the autumn it's a joy to walk among the falling leaves. Continue to walk past the house (keep the house on your left) towards the courtyard and Visitor Reception where your walk began.


Greenway visitor reception, grid ref: SX876548

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Greenway garden ramble


A circular walk around the parameter of the woodland garden. There are some steep sections in places. Dogs are welcome but please keep them on leads.

Greenway garden ramble

Contact us

Telephone: 01803 842382
Greenway garden ramble

How to get here

Greenway, Greenway Road, Galmpton, Brixham, TQ5 0ES
By train

Paignton, 4.5 miles. From Paignton you can catch the steam train to Greenway Halt, which is a 30 minute woodland walk from Greenway.

By road

Pre-booked cars only. Contact 01803 842382 to reserve a space. From Torbay follow signs to Brixham, until you reach the village of Churston. Follow brown tourist signs right (directing you to Greenway), through the village of Galmpton. Follow Manor Vale Road and continue on to Greenway Road. Follow Greenway Road past the school and out of the village; continue on for approximately two miles until you reach Greenway.

By ferry

Services to Greenway from Dartmouth and Dittisham provided by the Greenway Ferry Company

Greenway garden ramble

Facilities and access

  • Toilets
  • Shop
  • Baby change
  • Café