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Enjoy a walk along the tranquil Dart Estuary

A beautiful area with stunning views over the River Dart estuary and Start Bay.

In spring and summer the coastal paths are ablaze with colour from wild flowers. Walk up to Gallants Bower to discover the Royalist Civil War fort and keep an eye out for the greater spotted woodpecker.

Four mile walk

Take a beautiful four mile circular coastal walk with far-reaching views across the sea and towards Dartmouth. Finish at the ruin of Gallants Bower, an old Civil War fort, or carry on round to Dartmouth Castle (English Heritage). For those wanting to go further, it's an easy walk into Dartmouth (allow about 20 minutes one way) or take the passenger ferry.

Trail updates

This bridge was severely damaged by this years storms

South West Coast path diversion

Between Dartmouth and Compass Cove, major bridge damage has forced closure of part of the path. The new route runs parallel to the coast path and is well signed on site.

The footpath to Compass Cove has also been closed by a landslip and is unsafe. A further assessment is being made by Devon County Council next year.

Celebrating Coast

A year on the South West Coast

This is a year of celebration - we are taking part in South West Coastal Festival to mark a 50 year milestone in the conservation of the coast.

Over 300 miles of the South West coast is protected by the National Trust and a film, specially commissioned by the National Trust, celebrates the stunning landscapes of the South West coast, and showcases the 50 years of coastal conservation by the Neptune campaign.

Download the Coastal Festival calendar


Stand with the Royalists at a Civil War fort

Although now just a ruin, the fort is still an impressive place to explore with amazing 360 degree views across the estuary and inland. Built between 1643 and 1645 to defend Dartmouth against the Parliamentarians, it saw the fiercest action in 1646, when it came under attack from Roundhead forces under General Fairfax.  It's now one of the best preserved in the country and is a Scheduled and Listed Ancient Monument.

How Gallants Bower might have looked during the Civil War

How Gallants Bower might have looked during the Civil War