Devon, England

Dartmouth: Waterfront Paths, National Trust – Greenway

Tom Jolliffe

There’s some nice running in Dartmouth, a tourist destination on the western bank of the estuary of the River Dart. Enjoy a waterfront run and climb to the Dartmouth Castle, or head to the National Trust – Greenway to run along the gorgeous paths and gardens of Agatha Christie’s summer home!

Waterfront Run. The best bet here is to combine the paths & road on the western and eastern sides of the estuary. On the western side, there’s a short  waterfront path along the marina, and then the road to Dartmouth Castle, which involves a 200 foot climb over 1 mile. 1.5 miles one-way (Note: Not great sidewalks/shoulders here — quite narrow).

On the eastern side, there’s a brief jaunt along the marina, and then a ~1 mile path dirt path along Waterhead creek, adjacent to the train tracks Optional add-on are wooded paths along Waterfead Creek (info). You can use the ferry/pontoon to make this a ~ 5 mile loop!

David Hawgood

National Trust – Greenway.  The summer home of Agatha Christie is a popular visitor destination. There are lovely paths around gardens, woodlands, and down to the estuary, as well as longer options in the countryside. In all, one can put together several miles, incorporating the recommended ‘walks‘ at the Greenway. This guide is an excellent resource. Note: Admission fee & reservations might be required.

Essentials
  • Waterfront: Combine eastern & western sides of the estuary for a ~5 mile loop. For the Greenway, numerous options
  • Run to Castle involves 200 foot climb
  • Dartmouth marina - western side
  • Train station in Dartmouth: Kingswear; Train Station at Greenway: Greenway Halt. Also cap park there

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Essentials
  • Waterfront: Combine eastern & western sides of the estuary for a ~5 mile loop. For the Greenway, numerous options
  • Run to Castle involves 200 foot climb
  • Dartmouth marina - western side
  • Train station in Dartmouth: Kingswear; Train Station at Greenway: Greenway Halt. Also cap park there