Kingswear to Brownstone – July walk of the month

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Dartmouth Daymark Sunburst. Photographer: Richard Frank Taylor (2014 Photo Competition entry)

A fairly challenging walk along woodland footpaths, with plenty of steep climbs and descents, the Kingswear to Brownstone Battery walk on the South West Coast Path is the walk of the month for July.

It’s just under 5 miles long and takes you along high cliff paths around the mouth of the Dart Estuary, giving fine views over the castles that protected this important waterway for more than 600 years.

Passing through woodland dedicated to the memory of a local hero and returning via the Daymark tower, erected in 1864 to show sailors the way into the harbour at Dartmouth, the route visits the extensive remains of the Brownstone Battery, built during the Second World War to prevent enemy landings on the beaches to the east. Skylarks trill overhead and seals can sometimes be seen on the rocks below.


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