Kingswear to Brixham
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Walk Route Description
This is a linear walk, so either two cars or public transport is required. As with many coastal walks, this an energetic route with many ascents and descents.
From the Marina car park exit follow the road downhill towards the ferry to Dartmouth. Take the last road on the left to head out of Kingswear with views of the River Dart through the buildings. This lane is narrow so beware of traffic.
At Grid Ref SX892504 the South West Coast Path (SWCP) leaves the lane to the right to descend steps behind Mill Bay Cove and out into open countryside towards the headland at Inner Froward Point. Here you can spend a few minutes wandering around the WW2 observation post before heading onwards.
This is now true coastal walking as the path descends through coves and climbs headlands with superb views out to sea on the right. Kellys Cove, Puddcombe Cove, Ivy Cove and Scabbacombe Sands all disappear behind you before the descent on to Man Sands.
Until recently there was a large pool behind the beach, but during recent bad weather the dam burst and the freshwater emptied into the sea. Diversions were in place when we walked this route, but you cross the 20m wide Scar with care.
The path now climbs Southdown Cliff and rounds Sharkham Point before reaching St Marys Bay and through the holiday camp and on to the Berry Head Nature Reserve.
Follow the path up to the headland (aim for the lighthouse) for expansive views over the English Riviera towns of Brixham, Paignton and Torquay.
Retrace your steps back to the visitors centre then follow the way marked path towards Brixham, which is a 30 minute walk downhill, past Shoalstone Beach, and the breakwater and on into Brixham. Head for 'The Globe' in Fore Street for a deserved pint before catching the bus back to Kingswear.
Other walks nearby
Walk 3587 Kingswear from Coleton Fishacre - moderate - 7.0 miles/11.4 km
Walk 1323 Broadsands Beach and Brixham - easy - 4.0 miles/6.5 km
Walk 3427 Slapton Sands & Stokenham from Torcross - easy/mod - 8.0 miles/13 km
Walk 3346 Start Point from Torcross - easy/mod - 8.0 miles/13 km
Walk 3431 Beeson to Salcombe - mod/hard - 12.0 miles/19.5 km
Walk 2912 Dartington from Totnes - easy - 2.5 miles/4.1 km
Walk 1857 Start Point & East Prawle - moderate - 8.2 miles/13.3 km
Walk 3432 Salcombe to Thurlestone - mod/hard - 11.0 miles/17.9 km
Walk 3041 Thurlestone from Bantham - easy - 4.0 miles/6.5 km
Walk 3223 Avon Dam Reservoir & White Barrows from Shipley Bridge - easy/mod - 5.5 miles/8.9 km
Recommended Books & eBooks
South West Coast Path Map Booklet - Minehead to St Ives
Map of the northern section of the 630 mile (1014km) South West Coast Path National Trail. Covers the trail from Minehead to St Ives along the north Devon and Cornish coastline. This convenient and compact booklet of Ordnance Survey 1:25,000 maps shows the route, providing all of the mapping you need to walk the trail in either direction.
The Two Moors Way
Guidebook to walking Devon's Coast to Coast, a 117 mile route incorporating the Two Moors Way and a section of the Erme-Plym Trail. Beginning at Wembury Bay on the south coast and finishing at Lynmouth, the walk passes through the beautiful countryside of Dartmoor and Exmoor. A map booklet of the full route on OS 1:25K maps is included.
This practical handbook covers digital outdoor photography and the whole range of outdoor activities including walking, running, cycling, water sports (in and on the water), as participant or spectator. Covers basic concepts, equipment and processing and optimising your images back at base.