Walk - Froward Point

1.0 miles (1.6 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.

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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.

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