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The Southwest Coast Path: Enjoying Dartmouth by Foot

Reasons to visit beautiful Dartmouth are plentiful and diverse. If you're a keen walker, it's likely you're already privy to the fact that the Southwest Coast Path passes through Dartmouth on its long journey around some of the most unspoilt and naturally stunning coastline in Britain. The Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty that surrounds Dartmouth is reason enough to visit our wonderful town, providing visitors with a gateway into the most stunning of natural landscapes.

The Southwest Coast Path.

Where Does the Southwest Coast Path Run?

The longest waymarked walking route in England, the Southwest Coast Path winds its way along 630 miles of the region's picturesque coastline.

Starting in Minehead, Somerset, the path takes in North Devon, Cornwall and the South Devon coast, ending at Dorset's Poole harbour. According to the Southwest Coast Path Organisation, it takes around 52 days to complete in its entirety, but it's so gorgeous that many people visit time and again to complete the full route.

How to Incorporate the Walk into Your Visit to Dartmouth

Dartmouth sits proudly on the South Devon coastline with its dramatic castle and stunning, steep-sided natural estuary, providing visitors with delightful views and plenty of opportunity for wildlife spotting and people watching.

If you fancy incorporating a section of the Southwest Coast Path walk into your visit to Dartmouth, we recommend the delightful section beginning in Slapton and passing through Dartmouth en route to Brixham on Devon's English Riviera.

A route of approximately 20 miles, this section can be split into two parts, with an overnight stop over in one of Dartmouth's many fantastic accommodation options, or completed as a whole day's walk, for those looking for a more serious hike.

Slapton to Dartmouth

The walk starting in Slapton is classed as an easy section of the route, so is a great place to start for the casual walking enthusiast. With some relatively flat sections of farmland and more dramatic clifftop woodlands to enjoy, this walk offers beauty and variety and rewards you upon completion with your arrival in our stunning harbour town of Dartmouth.

Dartmouth to Brixham

A more challenging section of the walk, this part includes many steep elevations of both steps and natural slopes. The coastline's dramatic elevation means walkers can enjoy breathtaking views of secluded bays and cliffs, like Scabbacombe Sands and Berry Head. Brixham is a popular tourist spot with a plethora of accommodation and hospitality spots for a relaxing glass of wine or chilled beer after a hard day's walk.

Discover Kingswear

Kingswear sits opposite Dartmouth on the estuary and is easily accessible by ferry over the River Dart. A charming village of colourful and characterful period buildings, Kingswear is a great place to take a moment before beginning day two of your walk. There are many options for a delightful day out, including Coleton Fishacre National Trust property. Kingswear is also home to the terminating station of the Dartmouth Steam Railway, meaning you can travel northwards to Paignton in this unique fashion, if you fancy an easier way to see the striking local landscapes.

Celebrate Your Walking Achievement by Becoming a Dartmouth Landowner!

At, we love helping visitors to our wonderful town create lasting memories and physical connection with Dartmouth. If you want to commemorate your visit to this spectacular part of England and reward yourself for your walking achievement however big or small, becoming a Dartmouth landowner has never been easier!

Our Dartmouth Landowner package offers a simple way to purchase a 20x20cm parcel of land, close to the River Dart to call your own.

If you'd like to be legally entitled to call yourself a Lord or Lady of Dartmouth, as well as becoming a proud Dartmouth Landowner, our Dartmouth Landowner and Seated Title package is for you.

Of course, all legal fees are included in the package prices, so all you have to do is sit back and enjoy your impressive new status. Congratulations!