We’re surrounded by beautiful open countryside and going out for a stroll across it is an absolute pleasure at all times of the year.
So with that in mind we thought we’d take a look at three of our favourite walks within easy reach of our Dartmouth holiday cottages.
Salcombe to Hope Cove
Distance: 4.5 miles
Start: East Soar car park
In the height of summer this is probably a walk best avoided, simply because it’s so busy and popular.
That’s understandable, since it’s such a wonderful walk, but the weight of walkers can detract from the outstanding charm of the place.
With that said, it doesn’t take long to leave the crowds behind. Headlands on either side of the Salcombe estuary provide excellent walks and if you catch the ferry from Salcombe it’s possible to walk directly up the beautiful valley at Mill Bay.
On the opposite side of the river, the route between Bolt Head and Bolt Tail offers incredible views out to sea and the walk up from Salcombe to Overbecks is really stunning.
River Dart and the Kingswear peninsula
Distance: 4.5 miles
Start: Greenway Quay
The Dart estuary is a great area to take a walk, with an extensive system of ferries offering plenty of opportunities to cross the river or travel further up river.
One of the most popular walks in the area heads from Agatha Christie’s old house at Greenway along to Coleton Fishacre, at the end of the peninsula.
Passing through Long Wood to join the Dart Valley Trail is a pleasure, with a steam railway running alongside the walk. Once you pass Kingswear the walk joins the South West Coast Path and the surroundings become more open and bracing.
Ringmore to Ayrmer Cove
Distance: 3 miles
Start: Ayrmer Cove car park
This walk is a hidden gem, leading through a beautiful valley and to a tucked away beach. The route down to the cove passes through old sunken lanes, one of which was supposedly used by smugglers.
The area is also known for being home to reptiles, which you can usually see basking in the sun during the summer. The cove also offers encounters with wildlife, as at low tide the hundreds of rock pools are teeming with sea life.