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Brownstone, Froward Point and Coast Path Circular

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Brownstone, Froward Point and Coast Path Circular
Author: BjornBP, Published: 15 Sep 2014 Walk rating : Rating:star1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar0 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK
Devon, Dart Estuary and Coast
Walk Type: Coastal
Brownstone, Froward Point and Coast Path Circular
Length: 3 miles,  Difficulty: boot iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK boot iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK boot iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK
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A delightful, yet in places steep and rugged, walk taking in Dartmouth "day mark", the Coastguard Lookout Point (including the disused WW2 gun batteries) and a fairly demanding stretch along the South West Coast Path before returning uphill across fields to the starting point.

Dogs can roam free for much of this walk, however, across the fields (the final section of the walk) there are warnings that livestock are present and dogs should be kept under control.

Sections of this walk have steep drops down to the rocks and sea below. Whilst these are not sheer cliffs (at least not right next to the path) a fall from here could result in life changing injuries (or worse) and young children should be closely supervised.

Due to the steepness of parts of this walk, although it totals just three miles, it will feel longer. Allow a couple of hours to take your time and enjoy the views!

Note of caution - when we tracked this walk, the gate at Waypoint 8 ("Stile") was locked with a chain and padlock. This meant lifting our 40 kilo dog over the stile to continue the walk. If your dog is agile enough to scramble a stile (with or without assistance) then this should not be a problem. But we thought we should let you know!

From the B3205 Hillhead to Kingswear and Dartmouth road, take the turning for the Coleton Fishacre National Trust property. Follow the lanes through to the gate to Coleton Fishacre (post code TQ6 0EQ) but instead of going through the gate, turn right and continue for a couple of hundred yards to Brownstone National Trust Car Park (OS Grid ref SX 90436 50967).

Park here and the walk starts along the lane leading from the far end of the car park.

Near the gate through to the lane, there is a trust box for paying your £2.00 parking charge.

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Walk Sections

Start to Path to Daymark
Start to Path to Daymark

Start point: 50.3487 lat, -3.5411 long
End point: 50.3423 lat, -3.5435 long

Set off from the car park, taking the lane in the picture.
The lane is initially an easy walk, being metalled and level.
Very soon after the car park, you will notice the day mark which is a stone tower, built about 150 years ago to guide seafarers to the entrance to the river and the port of Dartmouth.

Path to Daymark to Coastguard Point
Path to Daymark to Coastguard Point

Start point: 50.3423 lat, -3.5435 long
End point: 50.3368 lat, -3.5431 long

The road continues along past the day mark. If you want to take a closer look however, there is a gate next to the sign (pictured) and a path which takes you to it. Take a walk around and look inside.

Continue along the road, which soon becomes quite steep and which leads down to the coastguard lookout and gun emplacements.

Coastguard Point to Left Turn
Coastguard Point to Left Turn

Start point: 50.3368 lat, -3.5431 long
End point: 50.3364 lat, -3.5427 long

When you reach the buildings at the coast guard lookout, take a look around the lookout area.

The remains of the gun emplacements and the accommodation blocks date back to the second world war and were used to protect the harbour approaches from invasion.

The coast watch lookout is the building with the radar unit on the roof. The staff are welcoming and happy to chat with visitors and explain what they do. Why not drop in and say hello?

Once you have finished looking around, if you would like to miss out the next section which is quite steep, retrace your steps about 50 yards to the signpost for the footpath for Brixham and this will join up with way point 4 ("Gate") otherwise....

....find the narrow path which runs down from the left side of the lookout and follow it down, zigzagging to join the South West Coast Path.

Turn left so that the sea is to your right.

Left Turn to Gate
Left Turn to Gate

Start point: 50.3364 lat, -3.5427 long
End point: 50.3379 lat, -3.5386 long

Follow the path along which soon starts to rise again quite steeply and rejoins the main path where you turn right.

Soon after this, there is a gate. After you pass through this gate, ponies may be present - so please take care with dogs.

Gate to Mewstone
Gate to Mewstone

Start point: 50.3379 lat, -3.5386 long
End point: 50.3374 lat, -3.5356 long

Carry on along the path, enjoying the views of the Mewstone (pictured) and Eastern Blackstone beyond.

Mewstone to Bench
Mewstone to Bench

Start point: 50.3374 lat, -3.5356 long
End point: 50.3389 lat, -3.5352 long

Follow the path along, with various views along the way. At the next waypoint there is a bench where you can take a rest. It's worth taking this opportunity because between this waypoint and the next one, the path soon becomes steep.

Bench to Signpost for car parks
Bench to Signpost for car parks

Start point: 50.3389 lat, -3.5352 long
End point: 50.3434 lat, -3.5327 long

Continue along the path, which soon rises steeply, until you reach a signpost for the car parks. Look back from this point and you will see the view in the photo. Look down in the photo and you will see the path you have followed.

Signpost for car parks to Stile
Signpost for car parks to Stile

Start point: 50.3434 lat, -3.5327 long
End point: 50.3472 lat, -3.5387 long

Climb the steps from the signpost and pass through the gate into a field. Please observe any signs erected by the farmer about keeping dogs on leads as there may be livestock present.

The public footpath runs alongside the left hand hedge and there is a trough part way up where your dogs can get a drink.

Keep to the left and continue onwards up through the fields to the five bar gate and stile. When we did this walk, the gate was padlocked, so you may need to help your dog over the stile.

Stile to Road

Start point: 50.3472 lat, -3.5387 long
End point: 50.3497 lat, -3.5402 long

Carry on up through the fields, keeping to the left hedge.

Presently you will pass the Coleton Fishacre National Trust property in the dell to your right and then, soon after this, you will reach Coleton Barton Farm ahead. Do NOT go through the gate into the farm. Instead, just before the gate, branch left along the footpath, through the kissing gate and follow the remainder of the footpath (100 yards or so) to the road.

Road to End

Start point: 50.3497 lat, -3.5402 long
End point: 50.3487 lat, -3.5411 long

At the road, turn left and walk the hundred yards or so to bring you back to the car park where the walk began.

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1 responses to "Brownstone, Froward Point and Coast Path Circular"

You need to be quite fit to do this walk! Very steep in places and very hilly

By jan086 on 2015-06-24 21:01:11

The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.

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