Walk - Dartmouth Castle & Gallants Bower
3.4 miles (5.5 km)
Coronation Park, Dartmouth - TQ6 9PQ Coronation Park, Dartmouth
Moderate - Streets, tarmac paths and woodland footpaths, with some stretches of ascent and descent including steps.
A stroll along the River Dart to Dartmouth Castle, one of the many fortifications built over the centuries to defend one of England's most important waterways. Beyond is Bayard's Cove, where Richard the Lionheart's fleet embarked for the Third Crusade in the twelfth century and the Pilgrim Fathers paused on their way to the New World in the seventeenth. There are breathtaking views over the River Dart as you climb to Gallants Bower, scene of a siege in the English Civil War. Children will love to climb to the top of the tower of the old castle and explore the maze of passages below. This is a brilliant walk in spring, when, around the castle, the woods are carpeted with wildflowers and ring with birdsong.