125th anniversary trail

Walking trail

2020 was the 125th anniversary of the National Trust in 2020, so to celebrate we created this 1.25km walk. This accessible walk meanders through woodland paths, past wild meadows and towards stretching sea views.

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The car park, garden and toilets at Coleton Fishacre are open from 13 February for local walks and you need to book tickets before you visit. Members can book for free, while non-members will need to pay when booking. We'll be releasing tickets every Friday. Please note we’ll be turning people away who arrive and haven't booked. We're looking forward to welcoming you back.

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View of Pudcombe Cove from the lower garden at Coleton Fishacre


1.25km trail map


Visitor Reception


Walk past the cafe and cross the main tarmac path onto the top gravel path which runs behind the house. This will take you along the top of the Coleton Fishacre garden and through the woodland.

Two women walking their dog near Coleton Fishacre house


Once past the back of the house, you'll emerge out from under the trees and into an open space with a bench to your left. You can take a short break here and admire the sea view and gazebo below. This path is lined with patches of bluebells and wild garlic in the spring, or spot the trees coming into bud in early summer.

View from the gazebo at Coleton Fishacre, Devon


Continue along this path passing through paddock wood. On the left is the start of the wild play area which changes throughout the seasons, and there's a bench a little further along this point for rest and view points of the valley garden.

The coast path and view of the sea around Coleton Fishacre in autumn


Continue all the way to the end of this path and admire the view of the rugged coastline towards Dartmouth. You are now at Scout Point, which is one of the best views at Coleton Fishacre.

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The view of the Mewstone from the top of Coleton Fishacre garden


Return along the same path which will lead you back to the house, cafe and shop.

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The view of the Mewstone from the top of Coleton Fishacre garden


Visitor Reception

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How to get here

Coleton Fishacre
By road
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
Parking: For visitors to house and garden only. Parking charges: £1 per hour up to three hours, or £4 to stay all day. Free for members (please show membership card upon arrival and display car sticker). Mobility parking adjacent to Visitor Reception, overflow parking on busy days approximately 300 yards. Shuttle service available from the overflow car park at peak times: unfortunately we cannot transport children under 12. If you would like parking for a motor home over 18 ft, please call 01803 753132
125th anniversary trail

Facilities and access

  • Accessible toilets
  • Accessible parking
  • Cafe
  • Shop