A 5 mile challenging walk, taking in castles and cliffs, on a coastal circular walk rich in views, history and natural abundance.
This walk takes you from the pretty village of Kingswear, across to the Day Mark Tower, a hollow stone tower built in 1864 as a navigational aid to shipping, and is a grade 2 listed building. The walk passes through Brownstone Battery, built in 1942 as a defence against German naval attack. During the war, this Battery was manned by 300 soldiers, and the nearby cliffs string with barbed wire.
Start at the Marina Car Park in Kingswear. Parking is available via a private car park at Kingswear Marina
1. Turn right out of the car park along the road, then bear right again. By ferry slipway, pass under the arch, then left up Alma Steps.
2. Turn left at top of Alma steps then right to go up Church Hill. At the top of the hill, walk straight on along Castle Road / Beacon Lane. Follow coast path signs.
3. Turn right down wooden steps, signed Froward Point 1¼ m.
4. Just past Mill Bay Cove, turn right onto private drive, and then left after 30m, up steps and through woods. Pass above Newfoundland Cove to Brownstone Battery. (To explore the Battery, drop down the path to the right by the coastwatch station. Turn left by the first searchlight post, then left again following the ‘acorn’ waymarker. Fork left once more to wind back up to the coastwatch lookout).
5. Bear left onto the track signed ‘HG Brownstone’. Past the Day Mark, fork left onto a green lane signed for Kingswear.
6. Turn left at Brownstone and follow the footpath through the farm and past Crocker’s Cottage. The footpath joins a private road. Bear left where the road forks, and then left again.
7. At top of Church hill, go down first section Alma steps, turn right at the bottom to go down the next section of Alma steps. Retrace your route back up the road , past the railway station to the car park.