We were staying near Galmpton, a small town near the mouth of the river Dart, Devon, for the weekend. On the Saturday we wanted to head out on an adventure, and so took a lunchtime foot ferry from Greenwood to Dartmouth, costing us £10 per person and taking roughly 30 minutes. There are several different ferry options to reach Dartmouth along the river all of which are easy and beautiful journeys.
More info on ferries and times
We disembarked in the old parish town and began to walk through it’s old streets taking in the charm of this typical Devon coastal town, bright buildings, bustling pubs and fish and chips shops coming together with the June sunshine to create a truly British atmosphere. We were heading for Dartmouth Castle, a picturesque 40 minute walk along the coast. This part of the journey was beautiful as the river meets the sea and during the summer the water buzzes with boats, paddle boarders and swimmers.
Before long we reached the castle, which is in fact an old artillery fort, built in the 1380’s to protect against the threat of the French. A small beautifully designed building, the castle sits proudly, built into the rock of the shoreline. Now I'll be honest, that's about as much as we know about the castle as we quite quickly became sidetracked by The Castle Tea Rooms, a small cafe at the front of the castle, that sold everything from well made coffee and tea to delicious baked goods and really tasty sandwiches. If you are tackling this adventure around lunch time, we highly recommend grabbing a quick sandwich here and adding it to your cool bag to eat on the beach, it saves you having to prep that morning and safeguards against soggy sandwich syndrome. If you are a fan of crab then grabbing your lunch here is a no brainer, the crab sandwich was on another level, a gift from the seafood sarnie gods.
Anyway enough about sandwiches, you get the picture, they were good.
So, now armed with a cooler full of cold beers and sandwiches we just needed somewhere picturesque to consume them. This is probably a good point to mention that you will certainly not be short of exceptional views along that route and all of them will be quite tempting to stop at for lunch, however, if you are after an escape from the crowds it is wise to plug on just beyond for your slice of Devon bliss.
From the castle follow the path up and along, where you will soon find yourselves on the South-West Coast Path, follow that towards the coast. The path is a 630 mile coastal path that runs from Cornwall, through Devon and into Dorset, hugging the shoreline and giving you access to some extraordinary views along the way.