Circular walk to be launched to mark Diamond Jubilee

Dartmouth Waterfront

Posted on: 29 May 2012

A new circular walk in South Devon will be launched next month to commemorate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

The Diamond Jubilee Way in Dartmouth is a 6km (3¾mile) way-marked route, which has been created in the rough shape of a diamond to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the reign of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

It takes in stunning views of the River Dart, the Dart Estuary and out to sea, as well as landmarks such as Dartmouth Castle and the Britannia Royal Naval College.

A guide has been produced to accompany the route which will be available locally from the Dartmouth Tourist information Centres and other outlets.

The guide and route will be officially launched at 10.30am on Thursday 7 June at Dartmouth Castle by the Commodore of the Britannia Royal Naval College.

Dart Area Landscape Access Group (DALAG) secretary, Nick Wood, said, “This is the culmination of nearly two years’ hard work, and we are grateful for the support of so many organisations and individuals who have made our achievement possible.”

Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council Cabinet Member for Highways and Transportation, said: “This circular walk is a fantastic way to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. It features some of the most glorious coast and countryside Devon has to offer and will provide a legacy of this historic occasion which will be enjoyed by visitors and locals alike for generations to come.”

Councillor Jonathan Hawkins, local member for the County and District Councils, said:  “The Queens Diamond Jubilee is a very important event to celebrate, and we in Dartmouth have a number of exciting projects such as this.  As local Councillor for the County and District Councils, I am delighted that both authorities have generously supported this scheme.  I would also like to thank all that have worked so hard to achieve this, as it is through their commitment that the Diamond Jubilee Way has happened.  I certainly look forward to walking this most beautiful route very soon and enjoying the fantastic views.”

The route is signposted and waymarked from Little Dartmouth Farm but it can also be started from Dartmouth, Dartmouth Castle and Jawbones Hill car park.

The project was initiated by the Dart Area Landscape Access Group (DALAG), and supported by Devon County Council, the Britannia Royal Naval College, Dartmouth and Kingswear Society, D’Art Gallery, Royal Castle Hotel, Inn Theatre Company, South Hams Ramblers and Richard Webb, Publisher. South Hams District Council is also assisting with the production of three interpretation panels on the route.

The route guide is available for download from www.devon.gov.uk/diamondjubileeway

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