Walking the Coastal Path from Brownstone to Kingswear (Video)
I’d been promising myself this walk for several years and it was all a matter of timing but given an anticipated beautiful September day, I left home in The Cotswolds early and drove to Devon, parking in the Brownstone Car Park from where I started my walk, down through the fields and past the Daymark (we always called it The “Landmark” – built in the 1860s to help shipping find the illusive estuary of The River Dart”. The lane is steep down to Brownstone Battery – a WW2 gun battery that I believe never saw any real action – well not until, post war, people stared walking and taking their girlfriends there 😉
The view from the voluntary Coastguard Station is utterly breathtaking particularly on a morning when there was not a breath of wind and the sea was a calm as the preverbial millpond. The view down to the sea and across to The Mew Stone was stunning the only thing missing was the aroma of the gorse flowers which would have been apparent, had I come earlier in the year.
The coastal footpath is relatively challenging – lots of ups and downs, some slippery areas and there was evidence of some fire breakouts as many of the trees were scorched. Wondergul walk past Robin Hood’s Cove and then down to Mill Bay Finally clambering up the very steep path, some of which was stepped, to Beacon Lane and back towards Kingswear.
Then, rather than taking the main route back, I walked up through Fountain Violet farm to the top of Mount Ridley and walked down into Kingswear from there.
A wonderful Walk, stunning vistas and, I found my muscles and lungs as you will hear In the video!
For What it’s worth the camera cannot fully capture the steepness of the terrain – you will just have to take my word for that!
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