Parking in the English Riviera countryside

Children putting on their boots in the back of a car, ready for a walk in the rain

We look after a wealth of countryside across the English Riviera, and have car parks handily located to give you access to these amazing places. At all of our car parks we ask for a £2 donation to park (free for National Trust members) unless otherwise stated in the information below. Take a look at the list below to see where you can park for your next local walk.


Man Sands

Man Sands car park is located about three quarters of a mile from Man Sands beach at the top of a steep unsurfaced track. To find Man Sands car park, follow signs for Coleton Fishacre, and turn left at Scabbacombe Lane (grid reference SX913530).
Man Sands car park is the perfect starting point for a trip to Woodhuish, where you can see a restored Victorian cider press. A walk down the lane leads you to Man Sands beach, a secluded cove which is popular for swimming and surfing, as well as rock pooling at low tide. Dogs are welcome on this beach. Between the car park and the beach you will pass a bird hide, where you can see winter migrants, including teal, snipe, and other waders. Look out for water rail, moorhens, mallard and grey heron all year round.


To find Scabbacombe car park, follow signs for Coleton Fishacre, and turn left at Scabbacombe Lane (grid reference SX911522). From the car park a public footpath leads to Scabbacombe beach; the walk is about one mile through fields, and is steep in places.
This car park is a great starting point for a circular walk. Scabbacombe beach is a very secluded beach popular with swimmers and nudists. Dogs are welcome at this beach.

Coleton Camp

To find Coleton Camp car park, turn left at the entrance gate to Coleton Fishacre and follow the lane (grid reference SX909512).
With easy access to the South West Coast Path, from Coleton Camp car park you can strike out towards Kingswear, or take the path signed for Scabbacombe by turning left when you reach the coast path. The walk from Coleton Camp to Scabbacombe beach is about one mile, and steep in places.
The National Coastwatch Institution lookout at Froward Point, on the site of Brownstone Battery
The Coastwatch station at Froward Point in Devon
The National Coastwatch Institution lookout at Froward Point, on the site of Brownstone Battery

Brownstone car park

To reach Brownstone car park follow signs for Coleton Fishacre, turn right at the entrance gates to Coleton and follow the road (grid reference SX904510). From Brownstone car park you can follow the old military road from the gate in the corner for about half a mile to reach Brownstone Battery and Froward Point.
Froward Point area is a prominent headland at the mouth of the River Dart and is important for its landscape, history and wildlife. The area is on land sloping steeply to cliffs and is a mixture of woodland, scrub and maritime grassland. The area is a SSSI particularly for its unique flora, such as the nationally rare flax-leaved St John's wort. The Second World War buildings, known as Brownstone Battery, dominate the site and are historically important as one of the few gun batteries of this period left relatively intact, in Britain. The battery was built in 1940 to protect Dartmouth and surrounding coast from German invasion and was decommissioned in 1956.

Little Haldon

Little Haldon is a 43 acre heathland site a mile and a half outside of Teignmouth. From Teignmouth, take Higher Exeter Road, and Little Haldon car park is on the right hand side of the road, near Teignmouth Golf Club (grid reference SX919765).
Little Haldon is a great place to enjoy a walk taking in far reaching views over Teignmouth and Dawlish looking right across Lyme Bay. The site is designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) for its unique wildlife. Dogs on leads are welcome.


Bradley is a medieval manor house in Newton Abbot, surrounded by one of the best examples of natural limestone woodland. Limited free parking is available in Baker's Park car park (not National Trust) or a short walk away there are a number of pay and display car parks in Newton Abbot town.
The woods are a designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). They are important for the rare small-leaved limes that grow here and are home to several notable trees including some very large field maples, cherries and oaks. The river Lemon runs through the meadows at the bottom of the site, and provides habitat for salmon and trout, as well as birds such as kingfishers and dippers. This quiet oasis in the heart of Newton Abbot is a very popular spot with local families, walkers and dog owners.