Created to commemorate the 60th anniversary in 2012 of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s accession to the throne, this 6 kilometre (3 3/4 mile) waymarked circular walk, in the shape of a diamond, takes you through some of the most glorious coastal countryside in the West Country.
1. From Little Dartmouth car park, take the farm track eastwards to Little Dartmouth Farm.
2. Take the public footpath on the left signed for Week Cottage. Follow this for ½km to its junction with Week Hill road.
3. Turn left up the road and then, after 60 metres, turn right at the farm access track and climb up the hill, passing Higher Week Cottages. Continue to Swannaton Road. You are at location 3 on the map.
4. Turn left up Swannaton Road and continue straight on for 230 metres, then take the right hand fork leading onto the A379. Note: you have to walk
5. After 30 metres leave the A379 and take the Jawbones Hill road on the right.
6. Follow the road for 1.2km, passing the water tower at Jawbones Beacon Park. It is worth taking a quick walk around the perimeter of Jawbones Beacon Park (see page 7) before continuing down the hill.
7. At the sharp left hand bend in the road (location 7 on the map) follow the waymarked permissive footpath on the right signed to Dyers Wood for 250 metres, passing below Jane Frank’s bench, before entering the National Trust’s woodland at Dyer’s Hill.
8. Continue to follow the path downhill through the woodland for 150 metres and then take the sharp left path which cuts back down the hill to Above Town road.
9. Turn right along the road and follow this for 150 metres to its junction with Warfleet Road.
10. Turn right and follow Warfleet Road down the hill (take care not to take Swannaton Road up the hill by mistake).
11. Follow Warfleet Road for 300 metres and then take Castle Road on the left.
12. Follow Castle Road for 400 metres and then a the fork in the road, take the footpath above the lower road. After 150 metres you join the road near another fork. Keep straight ahead on the higher of these towards Dartmouth Castle which stands sentinel at the mouth of t he River Dart. Here there are public toilets and refreshments are available at the Castle Tearooms.
13. From Dartmouth Castle take the steps up to Castle Road, turn left and follow this for 200 metres to Compass Cottage. Keep to the upper road along the public bridleway for 400 metres to the Coastguard Cottages.
14. Continue to follow the public bridleway along a hedged lane for 1km to Little Dartmouth Farm. You are back at the start.