The Weary Ploughman is at the gateway to the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, an area covering 130 square miles of stunning coastline, peaceful estuaries and lush Devon countryside.
Minutes from the coast
Call in after a day at the beach or walking the South West Coast Path, Broadsands Beach, Elberry Cove and Churston and Fishcombe coves are all a short drive or a lovely walk away.
We look out over Churston Station, one of the stops on the famous Dartmouth Steam Railway. Steam over from Dartmouth/Kingswear and stop at the Weary Ploughman Inn for lunch! The incredibly picturesque line has featured in Agatha Christie stories and as a historic location in many films. More recently the journey has been chosen as one of Michael Portillo’s Great Railway Journeys.
Fishtown and Cowtown
You’ll pass us as you make your way to Brixham, affectionately divided in to Cowtown, where the Ploughman lives of course, and Fishtown, the bustling port with its famous fish market. The red sails of Brixham’s traditional sailing trawlers, once filled the harbour and there are some fine restored examples based in the port today.
Just pop in
You find us nestling between the pretty villages of Galmpton and Churston Ferrers. The area was much loved by author Agatha Christie and you can visit her home at nearby Greenway, now owned by the National Trust. Another nearby Trust site is Coleton Fishacre, once home to the D’Oyly Cartes family, of Gilbert and Sullivan fame.
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The Weary Ploughman is at the centre of a network of very picturesque foot paths taking you to the coast or to the beautiful River Dart. Follow one of these themed walks to work up an appetite (or to work off your lunch!). Click on the titles to download each walk as a detailed pdf. Our thanks to the Dartmouth Steam Railway for enabling us to share these walks with you.
Churston to Brixham Walk
This gentle walk of 40-50 minutes will take out across open country to the outskirts of Brixham and then around the coast overlooking the town’s colourful harbour. It’s fairly easy walking but it can get muddy after periods of prolonged rain. If you’d like to go a little further you can take a detour through The Grove and you’ll come out at the very pretty Churston Cove.
Churston to Kingswear Walk
An ambitious but very rewarding walk of around 2-3 hours. The walk will take you to amazing viewpoints and through peaceful woodlands as it winds it’s way towards the banks of the River Dart and on to Kingswear, across the river from Dartmouth. At around the halfway point the path runs above the steam railway line so be prepared to give a hearty wave. Dartmouth is such a pretty sight that you will enjoy this riverside stretch, taking you to the final stop on the Steam Railway where you can catch the train (uphill!) back to Churston.
ABC Murders Walk
The great crime writer Agatha Christie lived near to the Weary Ploughman Inn, at Greenway, and there are many connections in the area to her life and her works. Churston Station, Elberry Cove and the local golf course all feature, with names unchanged, in her Poirot classic The ABC murders. Follow this 60-90 minute trail through the story of Sir Carmichael Clark who met his end in Churston.