Coleton Fishacre dog route

Coleton Fishacre, Brownstone Road, Kingswear, Devon

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Take a break at Scout Point and enjoy the views © Tony Cobley

Take a break at Scout Point and enjoy the views

The D'Oyly Carte family had their own tidal pool in Pudcombe Cove © National Trust

The D'Oyly Carte family had their own tidal pool in Pudcombe Cove

Refresh after your walk with something tasty at Café Coleton © Tony Cobley

Refresh after your walk with something tasty at Café Coleton

Route overview

This moderate walk leads you around the perimeter of the garden at Coleton Fishacre, past enticing views of the house and down to the bottom of the garden. A short detour can take you out of the garden to the coastal footpath. The route then leads you back up the other side of the garden.

Route details

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A map of the dog route at Coleton Fishacre
  • Directions
  • Route
  • Bus stop
  • Parking
  • Toilet
  • Viewpoint

Start: Coleton Fishacre garden

  1. Follow the path from Visitor Reception around the edge of the café and down towards the house. You will see a path leading to the left that is signposted 'dog route' - take this path. Follow the path along the side of the house, and take in the views over the bowling green lawn borders.

  2. The path leads you along the top of the garden through Paddock Wood. This is a great area to spot wildlife, such as squirrels and rabbits. When you come to a fork in the path, follow it down to the right to continue along the dog route - although if you continue along the top path this detour is well rewarded with fantastic views from Scout Point. You will have to retrace your steps from Scout Point to the fork in the path.

    Show/HideScout Point

    This quiet part of the garden boasts the best views over the coast. It's a great place to watch peregrine falcons from, and even the occasional grey seal can be seen on the Mewstone.

    Take a break at Scout Point and enjoy the views © Tony Cobley
  3. Follow the path down the hill (this section is steep in places with areas of steps). There are benches positioned along the path for well-earned rests. The path leads you to the bottom of the garden, where you can go through the gates out onto the coast path and the viewing station over Pudcombe Cove. To continue on the dog route, stay within the garden and follow the path as it leads uphill.

    Show/HidePudcombe Cove viewing point

    Pudcombe Cove was home to a tidal bathing pool belonging to the D'Oyly Cartes, but the steps down to the cove have now eroded beyond repair. From this viewing point you can see the remains of the pool, as well as soak up the coastal views.

    The D'Oyly Carte family had their own tidal pool in Pudcombe Cove © National Trust
  4. Follow the path through the Tree Fern Glade, until you reach a fork in the path. Take the left-hand branch, and follow the path around the edge of the garden (some more steep slopes and steps here, but plenty of benches so you can rest en route). This path enjoys amazing views over the house and the hot borders in front of the house. You will finish back in the car park - pop back through Visitor Reception to reach the café for a well-earned cuppa.

    Show/HideCafé Coleton

    Dogs are very welcome at the outside tables at Café Coleton and there are water bowls dotted around so that they can enjoy a drink too.

    Refresh after your walk with something tasty at Café Coleton © Tony Cobley

End: Coleton Fishacre car park

  • Trail: Walking
  • Grade: Moderate
  • Distance: 1 mile
  • Time: 30 minutes
  • Terrain:

    This route is well-maintained but steep in places. Dogs are very welcome on short leads.

  • How to get here:

    By car: 3 miles from Kingswear: take Lower Ferry road, turn right at toll house. 6 miles from Brixham, take A3022 to Kingswear, turn left at toll house. Narrow and busy approach lane, reversing required - especially around busiest time of 1-2.30pm

  • Facilities:

    • Car park
    • Toilets
    • Shop
    • Baby changing facilities
    • Café (dogs welcome at outdoor tables)
    • Dog waste bins stationed at the beginning and end of this walk

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