Galmpton is a small village located between Paignton and Brixham within and area of natural beauty and bordering Greenway, the famous home of Agatha Christie. The whole area is awash with footpaths, walks, countryside views and creeeks.
The many stunning views from the hilltops can be quite breathtaking especially on a sunny summer or a crisp winter morning overlooking the river Dart.
Galmpton is the essence of a Devon village and whereas the other towns have grown and developed, Galmpton has a small footprint and easy access in all directions. It therefore has the best of all worlds. Approaching from Paignton, approach Churston lights and bear left before the large common and follow the road down to the village. Turn right for the shops, left for the pub and straight across for the road to Greenway.
Galmpton can also be reached by bus of course, but much more fun is the Paignton to Kingswear steam railway. This is also associated with various ferry services for trips back to Paignton and Darrmouth be sea ferry. This train stops at Churston, a 10 minute walk to the village of the new Greenway halt, created for the Agatha Christie fans. From this station there is a footpath to her National Trust home. You can however walk back down to Galmpton.
Galmpton has its own tidal creek known as Dittisham Lake (the header image is of Dittisham across the river). The creek has a public footpath through it and this can be followed in either direction. The creek is not suitable for bathing, but is a fascinating place to visit and see the wildlife and especially to watch the mullet surfacing on a quiet and warm summers evening. There is no fishing from the quay side itself as it has small marina activity, but further around this is possible. School Bass and flatties are the likely catches.
Galmpton is also close to Broadsands, which is the other side of the main road from Paignton. Broadsands is famous for its large sandy beach, pitch and putt headland and Elberry Cove. Then there is Churston another village a few miles further onto Brixham. Across the river is the small village of Dittisham, which can be reached by a small ferry from Greenaway. Waddeton and Stoke Gabriel can be reached via the back road from Galmpton, that most people know little of. A quiet road with some idyllic homes fronting the estuary and countryside bordering it. To see more about Stoke Gabriel please click here.
For those who like to bring their dogs, out of season Broadsands is the place to have some fun!