Walk - Fishcombe Point

3.5 miles (5.7 km)

Car Park, Broadsands Beach - TQ4 6HX Car Park Broadsands Beach

Moderate - Coast Path, a country lane and a track.

A gentle stroll around the Domesday estate of Churston Ferrers, passing the twelfth century manor and its associated coaching inn, said to be haunted by one of the Benedictine monks attached to the abbey. The route follows an ancient green lane, as well as a coffin way and a modern walking trail, and celebrities visiting the area over the centuries included explorers, a villain and a Dame of the Realm!

Churston Cove, Elberry Cove and Fishcombe Cove are all dog friendly beaches. Have a look at our Top Dog Walks on the South West Coast Path for more dog friendly beaches and pubs. 

There are a range of wonderful places to lay your head near the Coast Path for a well-earned sleep. From large and luxurious hotels, to small and personable B&B's, as well as self-catering options and campsites. The businesses that support the Path, where you've chosen to visit, are listed here.

Brixham House

Lovely, friendly bed and breakfast approx 10 mins from swcp, fabulous breakfast, happy to accept 1 night bookings all year!

Westbury Guest House

A 14th century Georgian Guest House with great charm and character. Short level walk from the harbour, pubs and restaurants.

Beacon House B&B

Nestled in the harbour bowl, we command breathtaking views of harbour, marina and beyond the breakwater, 4 x en suite bedrooms, sumptuous breakfast. A warm welcome awaits.

Sea Tang Guest House

Friendly, family run guest house located a few steps form the sea with beautiful views across Torbay.

The Clifton at Paignton

Steve and Freda look forward to welcoming you to the Clifton, which is ideally located, just off the sea front. Around the corner from shops and stations. Within easy reach of Dartmoor.

The Haldon Guest House

Situated 3 minutes walk from Paignton beach, pier and town centre, we are ideally located for exploring the beautiful English Riviera and beyond. Tasty breakfast and a sunny garden.

South Bay Holiday Park

Set above the bustling town of Brixham, this lively holiday park has an action packed entertainment programme & childrens' adventure playground. Direct path to the delightful St Mary's Cove and the SW Coast Path. Range of chalets and caravans.

Palace Hotel

Set in beautiful grounds on Paignton's Esplanade just a stone's throw from the seafront and the SW Coast Path. Treat yourself to lunch or a cream team on the sun lounge or pamper yourself in the health suite.

Brixham Caravans

A small family business dedicated to providing high quality, great value caravan holidays & accommodation close to Brixham coastline.

The Headland Hotel & Spa

Sitting on the headland with stunning views, set in 2 acres of grounds within minutes of the Path. Facilities include Spa, restaurant, gallery lounge and sun terrace overlooking the bay.

The Imperial

Victorian four-star hotel overlooking Torquay and the beautiful South Devon coastline

Blueriver Cottages

A fantastic range of over 200 self-catering holiday homes located across South Devon, with friendly offices in Dartmouth, Salcombe and Torquay.

Eight Bells B&B

Variety of breakfasts with a stunning view. On waterfront, a few minutes from the Coast Path. 1 double, 1 family room. Both ensuite. Sleeps 6 max.

Camelot B&B

Set back from the harbour with easy, quick access to all the attractions of Dartmouth. Tel: 01803 833805 / 07870 665863 or email [email protected] for more details.

The Old Newsagent

Ground floor flat, sleeps two. Fully equipped for self catering. Perfect location for walkers. Situated above historic Bayards Cove.

Vane Tower Penthouse

Panoramic views of sea, shore & moor from this luxury 2 bed self-catering apartments in one of Torquay's most iconic buildings. Very close to the coast path. Free wifi.

Morley Guest House

The Morley offers a comfortable bed & good breakfast. Close to Torre Abbey. 10 minute walk to the Beach, Harbour and South West Coast Path.

Garway Lodge Guest House

Enjoy a 4 Star Award-Winning guest house bed & breakfast. Situated in Torquay. Early Breakfasts are available upon request.
You'll be spoilt for choice for where to eat and drink along the Path. With lots of local seasonal food on offer, fresh from the farm, field and waters. Try our local ales, ciders, wines and spirits, increasing in variety by the year, as you sit in a cosy pub, fine dining restaurant or chilled café on the beach. The businesses that support the Path, where you've chosen to visit, are listed here.

The Guardhouse Cafe

Home-made seasonal food, cream teas and delicious coffee, all served with a smile and stunning views from our cliff-top Napoleonic Fortress.
What is on your list of things to do when you visit the Path? From walking companies, to help you tailor your visit, with itineraries and experts to enhance your visit, to baggage transfer companies and visitor attractions there are lots to people and places to help you decide what you'd like to do. The businesses that support the Path, where you've chosen to visit, are listed here.

Paignton Zoo

Over 2000 animals spread across 80 acres, you're in for a really wild time. Rain or shine, enjoy a fun-filled day out.

Living Coasts

Playful Penguins, Otters, Octopus, Seals and much more. Cafe with panoramic sea views- free for non-visitors

Interactive Elevation

Route Description

  1. From the car park behind Broadsands Beach take the old farm track past Elberry Farm, bearing right to follow it between fields, until you come to a kissing gate on the left. Go through the gate to cross Churston Golf Course on a clearly-marked pathway.

Churston Golf Club was established in the late nineteenth century. The 18-hole course benefits from good drainage as a result of the shillet and shale beneath the surface, meaning that the greens are in good condition throughout the year. For your own safety please stay on the waymarked path and watch out for flying golf balls.

In 1938 novelist Agatha Christie and her husband bought nearby Greenway as a holiday home, and her detective novel 'Murder on the Links' was inspired by one of her visits here.

  1. Reaching the old Brixham road, carry on ahead, past the church, keeping left at the junction and turning left onto the track just beyond it, following it down to Churston Cove and Fishcombe Point.

The road from the church towards Brixham was once known as the Lych Way, or the Way of the Dead, and was the route used to carry coffins to the church to be buried. The village derives its name from the Anglo-Saxon words 'cyric' meaning 'cross' and 'ton' meaning a settlement. The cross that gave Churston its name once stood near this road junction.

Known as Quay Lane, the track is one of the area's many ancient green lanes, possibly dating back three or four thousand years.

You are also walking on the John Musgrave Heritage Trail, a 35-miles walking trail set up in memory of the Chairman of the local branch of the Ramblers' Association.

Agatha Christie regularly attended services at the Church of St Mary the Virgin when she was holidaying here. In 1955 she donated the royalties from her short story Greenshaw's Folly (which appeared in The Adventures of the Christmas Pudding) to the church. The gift paid for the east-facing stained glass window, depicting Jesus as the Good Shepherd, in her favourite mauves and greens. The window was designed by Bideford artist James Patterson.

Churston Court in Church Street is a twelfth century manor house and is a listed building. In the sixteenth century a frequent visitor to the court was Tudor adventurer Sir Walter Raleigh, accompanying his half-brother Sir Humphrey Gilbert, who lived at Greenway. Sir Humphrey achieved fame when he discovered and colonised Newfoundland, and the subsequent links between the two areas continued for many generations. A notorious twentieth-century visitor was Bruce Reynolds, who hid here after the Great Train Robbery and managed to avoid detection even though police followed him here.

Next to the church, the Churston Court Inn also dates back to the twelfth century and its kitchen is said to be haunted by the ghost of a monk.

  1. At Churston Cove turn left to climb steeply along the edge of the woodland, following the South West Coast Path to Elberry Cove, where you descend to the pebble beach.

Surrounded by woodland and fringed with rocks, the sand and shingle beach at Churston Cove is a secluded and tranquil place. The romantic-looking building at the end of the beach was a seawater bathing house built by Lord Churston in the nineteenth century, and in the trees behind the cove a number of carved tree stumps are camouflaged by their natural surroundings.

  1. From Elberry Cove the Coast Path skirts around the seaward edge of Elberry Common to bring you back to the car park at Broadsands.

Public transport

For timetable information, zoom in on the interactive map and click on the bus stops, visit Traveline or phone 0871 200 22 33.

Parking

Broadsands Beach (Postcode for Sat Navs: TQ4 6HX).

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