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Kingswear to Brixham on the South West Coast Path Walk

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Our walk begins at the small village of Kingswear, with its large yacht marina and views of the famous Royal Naval College at Dartmouth and possibly unique ferries, pulled backwards and forwards by small tug-boats. Here we can visit the popular steam train station before heading out into the country and our first stop at a small beach below the tiny Kingswear Castle. Our path, after a strenuous climb, now takes us through woodland with views over the mouth of the Dart and Dartmouth Castle, before reaching Froward Point and the recently cleared and preserved, WW2 gun emplacements and lookout point that is now used by Coast Watch. There is a choice of paths here; the main path of our walk leads us steeply down along the coast path, but the views are truly magnificent. Or to avoid this stretch, our walk can be followed by going past the emplacements - the other way - and a link rejoins the coast path further along. 

There are many picturesque views along the way, so have camera handy. The first main, accessible beach along this walk is Scabbacombe and you will probably need a few minutes' rest here before ascending the steep hill that awaits us. Continuing along more of the coast, we now descend to our second major beach at Mansands, another peaceful cove with a birdwatching lake. A further steep climb and our walk continues along the coast until we pass another quiet beach at St Mary's Bay (accessible via steps) before arriving at Sharkham Point and then Berry Head; both sites have natural beauty and are SSSIs.

At Berry Head there is a Napoleonic fort with well-preserved ramparts and defensive walls, together with a few remaining buildings. On the Point, there is a lighthouse which has been described as the lowest and highest in England! Roman artefacts found at Berry Head suggest a long history of sea defence on the headland, but the first evidence of a battery and camp on the site dates from the 1780s. In 1803 work on three substantial forts began, which held a total of forty cannons.

From here our walk takes us down through woodland and into the popular and quaint fishing port of Brixham with its tiny roads and fishermen's cottages. Here there is a variety of refreshments and a rest on the harbourside will reward us for our efforts. Brixham is the home of the few remaining traditional wooden trawlers, which can often be seen in the harbour or sailing around the coast.

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