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.


Day 4

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I woke up after sleeping like a log. I was exhausted the night before and didn’t even make it out for dinner (I made it to a shop then back to my room) and was asleep by half 9.

Day 4 was odd. I was in glorious sunshine one minute and mist the next. It did make the day quite interesting, I just had to be patient when it came to taking photos.

This was after walking up the hill from Coombe Martin then down the other side. Up was in sunshine, down was as above. After I took this photo I started to climb a short way up to be approach to Ilfracombe. There was soon a steep section up to Beacon Point at the top of Hillsborough, a nature reserve. Unfortunately all I could see is fog. Below is my decent into Ilfracombe Harbour.

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