Greenway Boathouse walk

Walking trail

This circular route around the garden leads you through woodland and along the riverside. For pedometer users who may be interested, this route clocks up about 1,500 steps, and will get your heart rate up on the final stretch as you walk back up from the bottom of the garden. Please be aware that the Boathouse is closed until further notice, but the Boathouse quay is open and a great place to visit for river views. Some paths may be closed on your visit: follow the diversions in place or retrace your steps.

Please book your parking before visiting

The house, garden, shop and cafe at Greenway are open, and if you are visiting us by car you will need to book your parking in advance. Members can book for free, while non-members will need to pay for parking when booking. Visit the homepage to book.

Visitors inside the Boat House at Greenway, Devon


A map of a walking route around Greenway garden


Greenway visitor reception


From visitor reception, walk through the courtyard, past the shop and head right to take you down to the house. Follow the Middle Path past the house, heading into the woodland garden.


Keep to the Middle Path until you come to a fork in the path which is signposted 'to the Boathouse.' Turn right here, and head downhill.

Visitors and a dog in the garden at Greenway


Follow the path downhill until you reach a fork. Take the path to the left.


This path leads you down to the edge of the garden, where it borders the River Dart. Grey herons nest in the trees here; there is the largest heronry on the River Dart at the edge of the garden.

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The path forks to the left again, leading to a viewpoint with a handily positioned bench. Why not stop for a minute and soak up the view of the river? From here you can see down towards Kingswear. When you're ready, join the path again and follow it along the riverside until you reach the Boathouse.

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Visitors wildlife spotting from Greenway Boathouse


Once you've finished exploring the Boathouse, rejoin the path and continue along it, keeping the river to your left. You'll arrive at The Battery.

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Visitor at Greenway Battery, looking out over the River Dart


From the Battery, take the path at the opposite end from the way you arrived, to keep the River Dart on your left while you begin the climb back up the garden. There are some steep and rocky sections of this path, so take it steady.

Walkers in the garden at Greenway


You'll come across another viewpoint with a bench where you can pause for a rest and enjoy the river view. Follow the path all the way until it emerges to the left of the house. Then turn right to go around the house and back towards the courtyard where you started.


Greenway couryard

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Greenway Boathouse walk


A circular walk around the woodland garden via the riverside. There are some steep sections in places, as well as steps, narrow paths and unevan surfaces. The route isn't suitable for wheelchairs or pushchairs. Dogs are welcome but please keep them on short leads at all times. 

Greenway Boathouse walk

Contact us

Telephone: 01803 842382

Greenway Boathouse walk

How to get here

Greenway, Greenway Road, Galmpton, Brixham, Devon, 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 or click here 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 Boathouse walk

Facilities and access

  • Toilets
  • Shop
  • Baby change
  • Café
  • Lockers (free of charge)