Greenway's spring walk

Walking trail

This walk leads you around the parts of Greenway garden which have the best display of spring flowers and where you may even spot some of the highlights of nature in spring such as herons nesting at one of the largest heronries on the River Dart. This is a perfect walk to do from February to the end of April.

As this walk is within Greenway garden, normal admission prices apply. Greenway operates a car parking system: if you wish to travel to Greenway by car, you must pre-book a parking space online or by phone. There is more information in the 'how to get here' section.

Walkers in a spring garden


A map for the Greenway spring walk


Greenway Visitor Reception, grid ref: SX876548


From Visitor Reception, walk through the courtyard until you reach the fork in the path. Take the right-hand fork, and follow the path around to the front of the house. Once you are level with the front of the house, turn right and walk almost to the cream gates, where you should find a path on your left signposted Camellia Garden.

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Magnolia in flower by the river at Greenway


Follow the path signposted Camellia Garden down the slope. It will branch off shortly; if you follow the branch it leads you to a viewing point where you can take a break and soak up the views of the River Dart. When you continue down the main path, follow it until you reach the next fork, and turn right here. This leads you to the Camellia Garden, where you can see a collection of camellias in flower in the spring.

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Camellia in flower in Greenway garden


Once you have finished, retrace your steps out of the Camellia Garden (if you were to carry on following the path through the garden, you would return to Visitor Reception). Follow the path further downhill and along the riverside until you reach the Battery.

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The Battery at Greenway in winter, overlooking the River Dart


Take the steps leading from the Battery uphill. Follow the path until you reach a fork: take the left-hand path. Follow this path uphill until you reach another fork: here turn right. Continue to follow the path uphill until you reach another fork, where you should find the Greenway Bird Pond.

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The Bird Pond in the garden at Greenway, Devon


Take the right-hand fork at the Bird Pond to continue up the hill, keeping the boundary of the garden on your right. This section is pretty steep, but worth it for the views once you reach the top.

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View of the Dart Estuary downstream from Greenway, Devon, which was the holiday home of the crime writer Agatha Christie


Follow the path back into the garden, through the area known as the Top Garden. Keep to this path until you reach a fork leading to a zigzag path leading downhill.


Take the zigzag path downhill, and turn right at the bottom. By following this path you will arrive back at the house and get a great view of the bank filled with snowdrops. From there you can follow the path around the house and back through the courtyard to Visitor Reception.

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Magnolia in flower


Greenway Visitor Reception, grid ref: SX876548

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Greenway's spring walk


A circular walk around the garden. There are some steep sections, steps and slippery surfaces in places. Dogs are welcome but please keep them on short leads.

Greenway's spring walk

Contact us

Greenway's spring walk

How to get here

Greenway, Greenway Road, Galmtpon, 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 to reserve a space or book online. 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's spring walk

Facilities and access

  • Toilets
  • Shop
  • Café
  • Baby change