Walking around the estate

With over 800 acres of verdant forests, abundant wildlife and clear rivers, the Dartington estate offers the perfect backdrop to walks of all lengths and difficulties. 

Some useful resources

Download a map of the estate (pdf)..Leaflet about about dog walking at Dartington..Further visitor information: opening times, accessibilty and more


Exploring the Gardens

The main Gardens sit at the heart of the estate, a couple of minutes stroll from the main car park.  It’s easy to spend as little or as much time as you like in them, but to explore them fully takes roughly 1-2 hours. You can find out more about the Gardens here.

The Gardens are fully wheelchair accessible, although some steeper paths may need to be avoided. A mobility scooter is available for hire from the Visitor Centre.

Please note that dogs are not allowed in the Gardens with the exception of recognised guide or help dogs. Dartington has large permissive areas where your dog can roam freely – find out more here.

Henry Moore Reclining Figure, gardens
Henry Moore’s Reclining Figure

Walking to the Shops

It takes about 45 minutes to walk from the main car park to The Shops at Dartington, which are located on the southernmost tip of the estate. The quickest route is along the lower drive and through Buckham Park Copse (clearly signposted; see map for details).

The Shops are significantly downhill from the core estate, and may present a challenge for the less mobile or those with pushchairs – particularly on the way back!  Car parking tickets are transferable at Dartington, so if you get a ticket at either the Shops carpark or the main carpark, you can use it elsewhere on the estate.

The Shops at Dartington from the air
The Shops at Dartington from the air

Longer walks around the estate

The Dartington estate has an abundance of public footpaths – a walk around the entire estate would be around 8 miles.  Our estate map clearly marks the footpaths with yellow lines – download it here or pick one up from the Visitor Centre.

For a superb 4.5-mile walk, park at the main car park and follow the Upper Drive to point 19 on the map next to Schumacher College.  You’ll see a public footpath signposted to your right which you can follow into North Wood.  From there any right-hand path will take you through the woods to the River Dart.  You can then follow the river’s edge to the bottom of the Lower Drive and follow it back up to the carpark.

Note for dog-walkers: due to our wildlife protection work and livestock on the estate, some paths require your dog to be on a lead. We have several large areas where your dog can roam freely – find out more here. We are grateful for your help in preserving the estate and preventing the spread of disease.

River Dart
River Dart

Geocaching

Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled mobile phones. There are a number of ‘hidden treasures’ across the Dartington estate to hunt – great fun for families. Head to Dartington’s page on the Geocaching website to get started.

Further information about walks in the area

To find out more about walks in the South Hams and surrounding area, try the following: