English Riviera Walk – In Between Views

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English Riviera Walk – In Between Views

Galmpton Walk 2

Distance: 3 miles
Exertion: Easy, some slopes
Time: Allow 1.5 hours
Terrain: Gravel pathways and field paths. Suitable for more robust pushchairs.
Dogs: On leads in lanes and where there is livestock.
Refreshments: Churston Farm Shop
Start Postcode:  TQ2 6XA

This easy stroll, just on the edge of the South Devon AONB, provides lovely between-hedgerow views both over Torbay and up the River Dart at Galmpton Creek.

The start point is easily missed and only provides parking for 3 or 4 cars. The entrance is partially concealed and can be found approximately 600 metres along Kennels Road (A379 Dartmouth/Kingswear road) after the road bears to the left and below the modestly camouflaged mobile phone tree mast.

Although parts of the route are along country lanes and gravel paths, in places it can be muddy so wear good walking shoes or welly boots.

There’s plenty of opportunity for foraging with blackberries in abundance in autumn and also a chance to stock up on sloes in time for Christmas gin!

In the quieter months traffic is quiet on the road section of this walk but take care in the summer as it the main route to Greenway and can be busy. Get the timing right and you maybe lucky enough to catch a steam train passing below one of the two bridges en-route.

There are no shops or watering holes along the way so best to stock up on the way with homemade cake at Churston Farm Shop!

Route

1 From the bridleway car park follow the track west uphill. It bears right at the highest point and there are great views across the Bay to be glimpsed between the hedgerows.

2 The track forks here, take the left branch. You will return along the other fork later. Proceed through the small copse and the path follows the hedgerow down to cottages and smallholdings in Maypool. Views from here take in both Torbay and the River Dart at Galmpton Creek.

Galmpton Walk 3

3 Turn right and follow the road down towards Greenway Halt. At the next junction, turn right as the road follows the Paignton to Dartmouth steam railway line.

4 After approximately 700 metres, turn right at the Galmpton village sign and as the railway passes below again turn right back onto the ancient Combe Lane.

5 Follow this track back uphill to point 2 which then leads back down to the bridleway car park.

Walk Oct 15.indd

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