Walk - East Portlemouth & Gara Rock
3.9 miles (6.3 km)
East Portlemouth car park - TQ8 8PD East Portlemouth
Moderate - The coastal path, which is uneven and rocky in places; a surfaced road, a green lane and a field footpath.
An open stroll above the western shoreline of Salcombe Harbour, passing the romantic ruins of Fort Charles, which withstood a five-month siege during the English Civil War. Throughout the centuries the estuary has been a lively place for trade as well as shipbuilding, and the shipwrecks in its waters include one from the Bronze Age, 4000 years ago.
This walk is particularly good for dogs as it passes beaches where dogs are welcome. Have a look at our Top Dog Walks on the South West Coast Path for more dog friendly beaches and pubs. Use the route (or part of it) to visit the quiet beaches of East Portlemouth, too, as well as sheltered beaches at Mill Bay and Rickham Sand.