Walk - Greenway, Broadsands & Galmpton Creek

6.7 miles (10.8 km)

Broadsands Car Park - TQ4 6HL Broadsands Car Park

Challenging - Streets and quiet roads, footpaths and tracks, with some fairly gentle ascent and descent. The walk crosses the beach very briefly at Galmpton Creek, so check out the tides before you leave.

A town and country walk with breathtaking views over Galmpton Creek and out across Tor Bay. And who can resist Agatha's Christie's house at Greenway, the River Dart from high above at Maypool, or Isambard Kingdom Brunel's railway viaduct? A good walk in autumn, when the trees are turning and birds and small mammals are busy rummaging through the leaves below, laying in supplies for the winter.

There are a range of wonderful places to lay your head near the Coast Path for a well-earned sleep. From large and luxurious hotels, to small and personable B&B's, as well as self-catering options and campsites. The businesses that support the Path, where you've chosen to visit, are listed here.

Payge Stay Torquay

A beautiful, luxurious seaview Apartment in the exclusive area of Meadfoot, Torquay. Sleeps 2

Camelot B&B

Set back from the harbour with easy, quick access to all the attractions of Dartmouth. Tel: 01803 833805 / 07870 665863 or email [email protected] for more details.

Brixham House

A friendly welcome, renowned for excellent breakfasts, approx 10 minute walk from the Coast Path and also on the bus route.

Eight Bells B&B

Variety of breakfasts with a stunning view. On waterfront, a few minutes from the Coast Path. 1 double, 1 family room. Both ensuite. Sleeps 6 max.

Cladda House B&B and Self catering Apartments

Cladda House- en-suite B&B rooms, Super King Double, Twin or Standard Double. Also Self Catering Apartments.

Westbury Guest House

A 14th century Georgian Guest House with great charm and character. Short level walk from the harbour, pubs and restaurants.

The Smugglers Haunt Hotel

This property is a 11-minute walk from the beach. Smugglers Haunt Hotel is a 300-year old building in the charming fishing town of Brixham.

Beacon House B&B

Nestled in the harbour bowl, we command breathtaking views of harbour, marina and beyond the breakwater, 4 x en suite bedrooms, sumptuous breakfast. A warm welcome awaits.

Sea Tang Guest House

Friendly, family run guest house located a few steps form the sea with beautiful views across Torbay.

The Clifton at Paignton

Steve and Freda look forward to welcoming you to the Clifton, which is ideally located, just off the sea front. Around the corner from shops and stations. Within easy reach of Dartmoor.

The Haldon Guest House

Situated 3 minutes walk from Paignton beach, pier and town centre, we are ideally located for exploring the beautiful English Riviera and beyond. Tasty breakfast and a sunny garden.

Fairholme B&B

Fairholme is a small and friendly B&B just off the coast path famed for its excellent breakfasts.

Tremlett House

Situated next to the Coast Path in Stoke Fleming. Light, airy double or twin rooms, ensuite. Full English or continental breakfast. Single night stays welcome

You'll be spoilt for choice for where to eat and drink along the Path. With lots of local seasonal food on offer, fresh from the farm, field and waters. Try our local ales, ciders, wines and spirits, increasing in variety by the year, as you sit in a cosy pub, fine dining restaurant or chilled café on the beach. The businesses that support the Path, where you've chosen to visit, are listed here.

The Guardhouse Cafe

Home-made seasonal food, cream teas and delicious coffee, all served with a smile and stunning views from our cliff-top Napoleonic Fortress. Weary walkers welcome!
What is on your list of things to do when you visit the Path? From walking companies, to help you tailor your visit, with itineraries and experts to enhance your visit, to baggage transfer companies and visitor attractions there are lots to people and places to help you decide what you'd like to do. The businesses that support the Path, where you've chosen to visit, are listed here.

Paignton Zoo

Over 2000 animals spread across 80 acres, you're in for a really wild time. Rain or shine, enjoy a fun-filled day out.

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Route Description

  1. Starting from Broadsands car park, follow the footpath around the woodland to the south, to Broadsands Road.
  2. Stay with the road, beneath the railway line, until you come to the footpath on the left.
  3. Take the footpath down to Bascombe Road. On the road, travel a few yards to your right and then turn left onto the path, to the A3022.
  4. Turn left here, and then right onto Slade Lane, and stay with it to the end.
  5. Turn right then right again for a few yards, to bear left onto Stoke Gabriel Road.
  6. Fork left onto Kiln Road, and walk down to Dartside Quay. Take the lane to the left, around the quay and past the boatyard, to travel uphill. Ignoring the turning to the left, take the footpath down to the creek, following it over the beach to the lime kiln.

Galmpton Creek has been a boatbuilding centre for centuries, and in its heyday over 300 sailing trawlers were built here, as well as wooden motor torpedo boats during WWII. It is still a bustling marine repair centre, but its use nowadays is mostly for pleasure craft. 

The lime kiln on the beach is one of several scattered on the estuary foreshore, and limestone from the quarry across the creek was burnt here to produce a soil fertiliser. The area from Berry Head sits on a thick bed of Devonian limestone, once marine reefs, and Galmpton was an important centre for quarrying the stone on the River Dart. It was also used as a ballast in the early ships sailing from here to Newfoundland, and Galmpton Creek limestone has been found in some of the earliest buildings in the New World. It also appears in French and Spanish harbours, for the same reason.

  1. By the lime kiln the path turns inland and travels up through two fields, passing between the farm buildings and onto the lane beyond. Note the chimney from the farm's one-time steam machinery.
  2. Crossing the lane, pick up the footpath on the other side, forking right in the woods, towards Greenway. Follow the signs down to Greenway and to the ferry; or if you are looping around back to Broadsands, turn left at the fingerpost at the end of the woods which points to Maypool/Kingswear/Brixham. (Retrace your steps to here if you are visiting Greenway first, and turn right towards Maypool to rejoin the route).

Greenway has a rich history with many seafaring connections, as you might expect from its waterside location. At the time of its first mention, in 1493, 'Greynway' was an important crossing point of the Dart, as it still is today. The first Greenway house was a Tudor mansion, built here in the late sixteenth century for Otho and Katherine Gilbert. Their son, Sir Humphrey, was a favourite with Elizabeth I, as was his stepbrother, Sir Walter Raleigh, and in searching for the North West Passage Gilbert stumbled across Newfoundland and took it for the queen. In the eighteenth century, another house was built at Greenway (the central block of the current building), and its owner, Roope Harris Roope, developed trading links with the New World, thought to be the import of plants and seeds. 

Subsequent owners of the house devoted much time and money to the gardens, creating, by the middle of the nineteenth century, 'a park of much natural beauty,' giving 'the appearance of enchantment rather than reality.' It is hardly surprising, then, that when the railway arrived, the incumbent of the time – a Cornish copper magnate – fiercely resisted the proposal to run the line over Greenway to carry passengers to the Dart. A compromise was reached, and the Paignton-Dartmouth Steam Railway still runs through the tunnel that was constructed beneath Greenway. 

In 1938, a certain Mr and Mrs Mallowan bought the house as a holiday home. Both were keen gardeners and passionate about Greenway's horticultural abundance. Mr Mallowan was an noteworthy archaeologist, and his wife was none other than crime writer Agatha Christie. Greenway was the setting for her book 'Dead Man's Folly', even down to the boathouse where Marlene Tucker's body was found.

Follow the path around the fields and along the ancient green track, onto the road beyond.

  1. Turn right at the footpath with a sign to Greenway Barton and take the footpath left a little way beyond.
  2. From here, take the next permissive path, straight on towards Churston Ferrers to walk to the A379. Cross the road and pick up the path opposite, bearing left to follow the path to Alston Lane and thence to the A3022.
  3. Cross this road, onto Churston Road opposite, then take Church Road, on the left a little way beyond.
  4. At the end of this lane, a footpath leads past the golf course and onto Churston Point. Turn left around the point and on to the promenade at the end, to return to the car park.

Public transport

The number 12 Stagecoach service runs very regularly between Newton Abbot and Brixham. There are also regular trains from Newton Abbot to Paignton and Torquay. The number 12 bus service runs every 10 minutes or so between Brixham and Torquay, stopping at Broadsands, Goodrington, Paignton and Livermead. For timetable information, zoom in on the interactive map and click on the bus stops, visit Traveline or phone 0871 200 22 33.

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In Broadsands Car Park

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