A Hidden Harbour & Shipping History
This page outlines the coastal walk between Dartmouth and Strete, part of the South West Coast Path.
Use the navigation arrows on the photograph to see other photos in this stage/LDP.
To see the image full screen just click on it [note this opens in a separate window].
The photo order, and description below, follow the walk in a clockwise direction for the South West Coast Path [ie Sandbanks to Minehead] - but of course you can walk it in any direction.
Description of the stage
The stage starts at the Lower Ferry in the expansive harbour at Dartmouth. Hemmed in by steep side and the towns of Dartmouth and Kingswear on opposite banks of the River Dart it is not hard to see why this has always been a valuable naval and commercial port.
From Southtown the view of the upper harbour opens up to include the Naval College before descending to Warfleet and eventually the harbour entrance at Dartmouth Castle. From thereon views of Start Bay, Slapton Sands and Start Point open up.
The terrain is undulating, especially after Dartmouth Castle and care is required as signage is not always clear.
1. Places along the stage
|Stage terminus||Dartmouth||Lower Ferry|
|Passage point||Dartmouth Castle|
|Passage point||Stoke Fleming|
|Passage point||Blackpool Sands|
|Stage terminus||Srete||Kings Arms bus stop|
2. Stage figures
|Total ascent:||466||[m amsl]|
|Total descent:||362||[m amsl]|
|Lowest point||4||[m amsl] Dartmouth Harboiur & Blackpool Sands|
|Highest point||122||[m amsl] Stoke Fleming|
3. Walk Log
|Date walked||Who||Walking time hr||Av. speed kmh||Stoppage hr||Direction|
|26 May 2016||KM&HM||2.7 hours||3.9||1.4||clockwise|
Points of Interest
Getting there & notes to Walkers
For the May 2016 trip we stayed in Dartmouth for one night [at Cherub's Nest] since Brixham is as far as a day trip will allow. We used rail to Totnes and the 164 bus to Kingsbridge and then the No 3 to Dartmouth. This 2 day trip also included the next stage [Strete to Torness]
A start just after 9am in Dartmouth meant we had lunch on the beach at Blackpool Sands and were able to catch the 13:44 No 3 bus back from Strete to Kingsbridge.
Start: 26 May 2016
End: 26 May 2016
References & Links:
|20160605||South West Coast Path [National Trail Site]|
|20160605||South West Coast Path Association|
|20160605||Traveline South West|
|20160605||Visit South Devon|
Updated KJM 05 June 2016