It takes about half an hour to walk to Dartmouth Castle from the town centre. It’s a lovely walk too, great view over the water and some fantastic waterside properties to drool over!
The kids love it when we get to Warfleet Creek, a really pretty inlet, and we walk over the bridge to continue along the road to The Castle. They race off down the steps and to the creek, and join us further along the path. He still remembers the time he saw what he calls a ‘man of war jelly fish’ down there! This year we discovered that the walk there is perfectly pushchair friendly, and of course the pushchair is great for carrying snacks and water there too.
When you get to the castle there are a few options….
We always take the steps down into Castle Cove and have a drink and snack sat on the rocks. The kids climb the rocks, skim stones and explore. The pushchair can be carried down, we did with our Baby Jogger as it collapses really easily and is relatively easy to carry, but others leave them at the top.
Or, instead of going down to Castle Cove, you can follow the path up the hill and around towards Sandy Cove. It’s only a short walk before you’re rewarded with views over the sea, and then following the path down some (fairly steep) steps you get down to Sandy Cove itself.
Both Castle Cove and Sandy Cove have shingle/sandy with plenty of big rocks, caves and rock pools for the kids to explore. They also make great picnic spots – take a blanket, some snacks and relax while the kids run around having fun!
There’s a little cafe by the castle, great for a cup of tea or an ice cream on the way home. It’s well worth going into the English Heritage shop for the great view over the water, you also get the Castle tickets there. We actually still haven’t managed a castle tour yet because of all the other things we do on the way, maybe next year!
The kids and the dog (!) love going on the Dartmouth Castle Ferry. This year I walked back with the pushchair, David, the kids and the dog caught the little ferry. It’s quite funny to ‘race’ them back to town, spotting the ferry in the water and them looking out for me from the boat.
Dartmouth Castle is managed by English Heritage. You can check opening dates & times, and entrance fees here.
The cafe is located just outside the entrance. Along with with it’s own seating, there is a nice grassy bank to sit back and enjoy your ice cream while watching the boats in the estuary below.
Check out our other posts on things to do with kids in Dartmouth here.