Dart Valley Trail
This beautiful trail takes you along the River Dart from Totnes to Dartmouth.
The trail passes through the villages of Ashprington, Cornworthy and Dittisham before finishing at Dartmouth Harbour.
Highlights near the route include the splendid National Trust owned Greenway Estate. Formerly owned by Agatha Christie it boasts an 18th century Georgian house and lovely riverside gardens.
This is a fairly easy walk with very few climbs and links with the South West Coast Path.
The northern end of the trail links with the circular Totnes River Walk which follows the Franklin Totnes Trail along a different part of the river.
Dart Valley Trail Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Dart Valley Trail Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Dart Valley Trail OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Dart Valley Trail Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
For an alternative way of seeing the river valley try the splendid South Devon Railway. The heritage railway can be picked up at Buckfastleigh Station and runs for about 6 miles with nice views over the river valley. It was initially known as the Dart Valley Railway and stretches from Totnes (Riverside) to Buckfastleigh. For most of its route, the line runs to the east or north of the River Dart. This means that the river views are best seen to the left of the train when facing Buckfastleigh and to the right of the train when facing Totnes. For steam train enthusiasts the rolling stock preserved on the line include many examples of steam locomotives typical of the Great Western Railway. These include GWR 1400 Class number 1420. There are also other types of steam locomotives and a number of diesel locomotives.
Pictured above the South Devon Railway at Buckfastleigh. On the right former Great Western Railway locomotive No. 5786 and train awaiting departure for Totnes in an idyllic rural setting on a warm Sunday afternoon. It's a fine way to relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery of the area while taking the weight of your feet.