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Devon Walk
Gara Point & Stoke Point from Noss Mayo

Outline Route Map Walk Grading

County/Area - Devon

Author - Paul Deane

Length - 7.0 miles / 11.4 km

Ascent - 1400 feet / 424 metres

Grade - easy/mod

Start - OS grid reference SX547474
Lat 50.308596 // Long -4.041892
Postcode PL8 1EG (approx. location only)

Walk Route Description

Photo from the walk - Gara Point & Stoke Point from Noss Mayo Photo from the walk - Gara Point & Stoke Point from Noss Mayo Photo from the walk - Gara Point & Stoke Point from Noss Mayo Photo from the walk - Gara Point & Stoke Point from Noss Mayo Photo from the walk - Gara Point & Stoke Point from Noss Mayo 
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The area around Noss Mayo and Newton Ferrers is fairly unique for the south coast as it seems to be off the beaten tourist track. The area can boast that it has no hotels, few guest houses and only one campsite! Parking is also very restricted. It's situated in the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and by looking at some of the local scenery it's easy to see why.

From the car park in Coach Road (Grid ref. SX547474) walk NW then turn N along Hillhead. Cross straight over at the crossroads into Passage Road. Follow Passage Road as it bears left along the south bank of Newton Creek. On the North Bank you can see the picturesque village of Newton Ferrers.

Continue on Passage Road for 1/2 mile through Ferry Wood where you will join the South West Coat Path at the ferry (Grid ref. SX541478). The route now follows the South West Coast Path to Ferry Cottage where it leaves the tarmac road and branches off right through some houses, before entering Passage Wood. The track snakes around Battery Cottage and doubles back west into Brakehill Plantation before breaking into more open heathland. It's worth taking a break to look around here with lovely views of the Yealm estuary to your right.

The dramatic views continue as you round Gara Point and walk along the clifftops ESE for approximately 3 miles through the Warren (National Trust) before turning North at Stoke Point. The path enters a wooded area (Grid ref. SX562461) and skirts a caravan park before entering Centry Wood. Leave the South West Coast Path at the car park near Stoke House (Grid ref. SX562467) and climb Stoke Road to the crossroads where you will carry straight on NW along Stoke Road.

The large house visible on the left as you reach the crest of the hill is Rowden Court. Just before you reach Rowden Court, take the signposted footpath to the right (Grid ref. SX556471). The footpath heads NNW, trending downhill across farmland, until it reaches another area of woodland where it descends steeply. Take care at this point because small fallen twigs on the already steep footpath make for tricky footing. Turn left where the path emerges from between some houses and then left again, back on to Stoke Road (Grid ref. SX554479). Follow Stoke Road for 200m then fork right on to Pillory Hill. To return to the car park, turn left at the SW end of Pillory Hill on to Hillhead, then right on to Coach Road.

 
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