Enjoy spectacular coastal views with this 3.2mile (5.2km) circular walk from Blackpool Sands Beach, just a short drive from Dartmouth town.
From Blackpool Sands, you walk through quiet country lanes that look down upon across the stunning coastline, giving tremendous views from Start Point, Torcross and Slapton Ley to the south right across to the Daymark at Froward Point in the north. This route is part of the South West Coast Path that runs the length of the South Devon coastline.
At the bottom of the road down to the Blackpool Sands car park from the A379 at Blackpool Hill, turn right into the main seafront car park, turning right again to follow the footpath out of the car park and back up to the main road. Cross the road carefully and follow the South West Coast Path acorn waymarker into the field on the left of Blackpool Valley Road, by the postbox. Follow the path beside the main road, crossing the stream on the footbridge and emerging on a small road (Norns Lane.
Leave the Coast Path here, instead turning right to climb gently uphill, carrying on past the drive on your right and the footpath on your left. Keep going past the farm buildings at Southwood, ignoring the lane joining from the left just afterwards. Carry on ahead along Norns Lane to the T-junction at Horns Cross.
At the T-junction turn left and follow the road into Strete. Carry on past the church and the restaurant beside it, following Totnes Road beyond, to the main road.
Coming out on the main road in Strete, turn left.
Pick up the South West Coast Path over the stile into a field on your right as you leave the village. Crossing the stream, continue ahead into the next field, turning right here to go through the right-hand hedge and into a high plateau field. Follow the hedge along the top of this field, turning left beyond and descending steeply to the next stream. Crossing the bridge, bear right as you climb the far hillside to come out on the main road.
Cross the road and carry on ahead along the Coast Path as it follows the hedge to leftwards and then cuts the top left-hand corner to come out on a lane.
Turn right on the lane and walk about 200 metres, to where a footpath drops through the field on your right. Take this path, descending towards the main road. Turn left on the road to return to 2 and retrace your steps from here back to the car park at Blackpool Sands.