Landscape Photo
Photographer: Brian Horisk/AdventureArt, Fife, Scotland

Route Filmstrip & Description

The walk from the National Trust car park to the Day Mark is level and smooth, and has spectacular views across the Dart Estuary and Start Bay. Continuing onwards the route is more challenging as the tarmac track descends quite steeply down the 80 metres to the Coastguard lookout and fortifications at Brownstone. Have a chat with the lookouts on duty and explore the buildings. There is a gate at the start and one near the end of the downhill stretch of the walk. For more details about this walk please go to www.southwestcoastpath.com/walksdb/479/

Surveyed by: Allan Ginman, August 2012 (Summer)
Accessibility Rating: 3More Information
Distance: 1.5 km

Public Transport: No - recommended access to this walk is by car.
Car Park: Higher Brownstone Car park. National Trust - free for members, £2 donation for non-members
Steps: No
Barriers: There is a gate at the start and one near the end of the downhill stretch of the walk.
Toilets: No

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The National Trust car park. The gate to the path is arrowed.

CarPark The National Trust car park. The gate to the path is arrowed.

The car park is level and has a gravel surface. A field gate prevents cars from continuing along the track. Beside this is a 1.3 metre (4’) two way opening gate.

Gate The car park is level and has a gravel surface. A field gate prevents cars from continuing along the track. Beside this is a 1.3 metre (4’) two way opening gate.

The track out to the ‘Day Mark’ tower is tarmac. Most of the track is smooth with a few rougher places.

Path The track out to the ‘Day Mark’ tower is tarmac. Most of the track is smooth with a few rougher places.

 

Path

The path is gently undulating, with only a small overall descent of about 15 metres (45’) in the 1 km ( 2/3 m) between the car park and
the Tower.

Path The path is gently undulating, with only a small overall descent of about 15 metres (45’) in the 1 km ( 2/3 m) between the car park and the Tower.

 

Path

The view over to Dartmouth opens up as you head towards the Day Mark tower.

View The view over to Dartmouth opens up as you head towards the Day Mark tower.

The tarmac track continues gently undulating onwards towards the Day Mark tower.

Path The tarmac track continues gently undulating onwards towards the Day Mark tower.

Occasionally the track has patches where the top surface is broken.

Path Occasionally the track has patches where the top surface is broken.

 

Path

Path

The gate into the field leading to the Day Mark Tower opens in both
directions.

Gate The gate into the field leading to the Day Mark Tower opens in both directions.

The Day Mark Tower is 25 metres high and is a navigational aid built in 1864. Leading off the main track is a level earth path across the field to the Day Mark tower,
and is well worth the short detour to look up the inside of the tower.

Feature of Interest The Day Mark Tower is 25 metres high and is a navigational aid built in 1864. Leading off the main track is a level earth path across the field to the Day Mark tower, and is well worth the short detour to look up the inside of the tower.

As you proceed the views open up - across to Start Point and to the mouth of the Dart estuary can be seen through gateways.

View As you proceed the views open up - across to Start Point and to the mouth of the Dart estuary can be seen through gateways.

 

Path

A wooden bench seat is accessible to the left of the path.

Seat A wooden bench seat is accessible to the left of the path.

Once past the tower the path drops increasingly steeply, with an overall descent of about 80 metres (250’) down to the
lookout at Froward Point. Mobility scooter users should check their battery reserves before descending.

Gradient Once past the tower the path drops increasingly steeply, with an overall descent of about 80 metres (250’) down to the lookout at Froward Point. Mobility scooter users should check their battery reserves before descending.

Roughly midway down the slope there is a field gate across the track, with a 2 way opening pedestrian gate beside it.

Gate Roughly midway down the slope there is a field gate across the track, with a 2 way opening pedestrian gate beside it.

National Trust land!

Path National Trust land!

 

Path

The link path to the South West Coast Path. When on the SWCP it's 7 miles to Brixham.

Direction The link path to the South West Coast Path. When on the SWCP it's 7 miles to Brixham.

 

Path

Beyond the gate the tarmac on the track becomes more uneven and broken up, but with no large potholes. For 15 metres the track has a noticeable cross slope.

Path Beyond the gate the tarmac on the track becomes more uneven and broken up, but with no large potholes. For 15 metres the track has a noticeable cross slope.

Once at Brownstone the paths level off, and are mostly grassed over.

Direction Once at Brownstone the paths level off, and are mostly grassed over.

An information panel on Brownstone Battery is located here by the Coast Path.

Information An information panel on Brownstone Battery is located here by the Coast Path.

To your left, one of the buildings is now used to display information panels on local wildlife and history. There is a single 5” (12 cm) step into
the building.

Museum & Heritage To your left, one of the buildings is now used to display information panels on local wildlife and history. There is a single 5” (12 cm) step into the building.

Immediately in front of you is a building which is now used by the National Coastwatch Institute. Adjacent to the Coastwatch building is a grassy platform with wide ranging views along the coast in both directions and onto
the fortifications below.

Visitor Centre Immediately in front of you is a building which is now used by the National Coastwatch Institute. Adjacent to the Coastwatch building is a grassy platform with wide ranging views along the coast in both directions and onto the fortifications below.

Froward Point Phototrail

 

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