Walk - Froward Point

1.8 miles (2.9 km)

Higher Brownstone Car Park, near Kingswear - TQ6 0EQ Higher Brownstone Car Park, near Kingswear - TQ6 0EQ

Easy - The walk from the National Trust car park to the Day Mark is level and smooth, and has spectacular views across the Dart Estuary and Start Bay. Continuing onwards the route is more challenging as the tarmac track descends quite steeply down the 80 metres to the Coastguard lookout and fortifications at Brownstone. There is a gate at the start and one near the end of the downhill stretch of the walk.

The walk from the National Trust car park to the Day Mark is level and smooth, and has spectacular views across the Dart Estuary and Start Bay.

Checked by SWCPA Volunteer David Hinchcliffe - July 2019

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.

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.

Ten Lake Street

Beautifully presented 3-bedroom townhouse with small garage and private decked outdoor area. Ideally suited for 6 guests with 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms.

Fairholme B&B

Fairholme is a small and friendly B&B just off the coast path famed for its excellent breakfasts.

Leonards Cove Holiday Village

Leonards Cove is a picturesque holiday destination with a stunning clifftop location and amazing sea views offering self-catered, camping and touring accommodation.

Holidayhomes4rent

Static caravan rental on South Bay Holiday Park. Next to Path. 2 & 3 bed units available. Prices starting from £125 for 3nts and £175 for 7 nt stays.

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.

Your-Home-From-Home

Fabulous, clean places to stay, great views, free parking, warm and cozy

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.

Salcombe Dairy Shop & Café, Dartmouth

Our ice cream and bean to bar café is set in the beautiful coastal town of Dartmouth. It’s an irresistible spot for walkers in need of sustenance.

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.

Discover Dartmouth at the Flavel Cafe

Lively arts cafe in centre of Dartmouth with information about things to, where to go and places to stay in the area

Sea Kayak Devon

Experience Devon's stunning coastline by sea kayak. Let our guides take you on an unforgettable journey. Individuals, groups, families. No experience necessary.

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Route Description

  1. This walk starts at the National Trust’s car park at Higher Brownstone. Across the end of the car park is a gate, beside which is a gap – go through this and follow the track which will lead you to Froward Point.

Midway, it is worthwhile deviating off the track to take the path running across the field to the hollow stone tower of the Day Mark. This was built in 1864 to help shipping find the entrance to the River Dart.

Much of the area around Froward Point is owned by the National Trust. The Trust works with its tenant farmers, with funding from Natural England, to manage the cultivated land for farmland birds and rare arable plants. Many of the fields are home to the Skylark, a species declining on farmland in many areas. The liquid song of this crested bird can often be heard as it rises in its characteristic songflight. The Linnet, a sociable ground-feeding finch is also found here, as is the rare cirl bunting, with its yellow and black facial stripes and green-brown plumage. Among the rare arable flowers in these fields are the pink lipped flowers of the lesser snapdragon, the bright blue cornflower and the purple and yellow flowers of the sharp-leaved Fluellen.

At Inner Froward Point is the Brownstone Battery complex built in 1942 as a defence against German naval attack. The site was equipped with two six-inch guns taken from a First World War battleship. Each gun had a range of over 14 miles and operated in tandem with a powerful searchlight situated close to the high water mark. During the war, the Battery was manned by up to 300 soldiers, and the cliffs all around were strung with barbed wire. An information panel near the buildings will enable you to orientate yourself, and it is well worth the steep descent and climb back up again to explore the remains.

A National Coastwatch Institute station is now situated at the Battery and has fine views across Start Bay. Visitors are welcome to pop in and say hello at the lookout and to peruse the display in the building opposite.

The Mew Stone, visible off the shore from Brownstone Battery is home to a large seabird colony as well as being the most easterly ‘haul-out’ for grey seals in the English Channel.

  1. Return to the car park following the same route.

Public transport

It is not possible to reach the start by public transport. However, the walk can easily be adapted to start and finish in Kingswear, which can be reached by bus or stream train from Paignton, or by ferry from Dartmouth.

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

Parking

Higher Brownstone Car Park (Postcode for Sat Navs: TQ6 0EQ). From the Brixham to Kingswear Road (B3205) follow the signs to Coleton Fishacre Gardens and then the signs to Higher Brownstone.

Nearby Events

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    Date;  July 29th-31st

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