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Notice: The South West Coast path between Dartmouth and Compass Cove is closed due to major bridge damage on this section. There is a diversion in place which runs parallel to the coast path and is well signed on site. Also the footpath to Compass Cove is closed due to a landslip and is waiting assessment by Devon County Council.

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.

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

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Take a walk into history

A beautiful 4 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.

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