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|Brownstone, Froward Point and Coast Path Circular|
|Author: , Published: 15 Sep 2014||Walk rating : Rating:|
|Devon, Dart Estuary and Coast|
|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).
|Start to Path to Daymark|
Start point: 50.3487 lat, -3.5411 long
Set off from the car park, taking the lane in the picture.
|Path to Daymark to Coastguard Point|
Start point: 50.3423 lat, -3.5435 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.
|Coastguard Point to Left Turn|
Start point: 50.3368 lat, -3.5431 long
When you reach the buildings at the coast guard lookout, take a look around the lookout area.
|Left Turn to Gate|
Start point: 50.3364 lat, -3.5427 long
Follow the path along which soon starts to rise again quite steeply and rejoins the main path where you turn right.
|Gate to Mewstone|
Start point: 50.3379 lat, -3.5386 long
Carry on along the path, enjoying the views of the Mewstone (pictured) and Eastern Blackstone beyond.
|Mewstone to Bench|
Start point: 50.3374 lat, -3.5356 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|
Start point: 50.3389 lat, -3.5352 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|
Start point: 50.3434 lat, -3.5327 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.
|Stile to Road|
Start point: 50.3472 lat, -3.5387 long
Carry on up through the fields, keeping to the left hedge.
|Road to End|
Start point: 50.3497 lat, -3.5402 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.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2014 by the author BjornBP and may not be reproduced without permission.
You need to be quite fit to do this walk! Very steep in places and very hilly
|By jan086 on 24 Jun 2015|
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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