For our walk today we’re off to the popular market town of Kingsbridge, in the South Hams.
Historically, Kingsbridge was developed around a 10th Century drawbridge, and its name comes from the division of Royal Estates - Alvington and Chillington. It is also well known for the market square, where a music and food festival takes place every year at the beginning of June. There has been a market in Kingsbridge since 1219, when the Abbot of Buckfast obtained a charter allowing a market to take place. Corn and wool were some of the produce sold here at the time. The threshing mills were operational right up to 1967, and situated in the aptly-named Mill Street. These have now been converted into residential dwellings.
I’ve visited Kingsbridge many times, and enjoyed mooching around the shops and art galleries, but this is the first time Bailey has come with me. We’re starting off from the car park, next to the market square, on a circular walk to Bowcombe Creek.
We cross at the zebra crossing and go down a narrow alley next to Harbour House, turning left into Ebrington Street, where the old school house nestles in with terraced cottages. Keep to the right-hand side of the street and follow the pavement through the back of the bingo hall and along a raised pavement. Follow the path uphill, past the Dodbrook Inn (no dogs allowed, so no stopping for refreshments) and the Church, until you get to the post box on the wall. You’ll see a tarmac path on your right which takes you past the back of the Church and veers left at the bottom.
Now comes the fun bit! Turn left walk down the hill then it’s sharp right on the bend in the road. It’s easier to navigate after this, but the walk gets steeper, up and down! Look out for Washbrook Farm, the Miller’s House, and Granary View and you’ll be on the right track. Rocky Green Lane is everything it says, and unsuitable for pushchairs, wheelchairs etc. It’s a very popular dog walk, and we met several owners and their dogs along the way. When you get to the junction, turn left. It’s a fair old jaunt down to the bottom of the road next to Bowcombe Creek, but well worth it.
Jump over the stile just past Rose Cottage and head up the path and through the woods. This brings you into a field, where you will get a gorgeous view of the surrounding area and Salcombe estuary in the distance. Head diagonally across the field to a stone stile and follow the path. Keep to the right through the rugby club car park, cross the road and over another stile, take the footpath down through another field then turn left at the bottom and walk through the recreation ground. From here, you can wend your weary way back to the car park or stop for a while and watch the world go by on the quay - like Bailey.
Enjoy a lovely dog walk from a dog friendly cottage in Devon.