Walking

Walking trail

A circular autumn walk from Coleton Fishacre

Walking trail

This walk takes in the woodland along the top of Coleton Fishacre garden, viewpoints over the sea and the rugged coastline, and the South West Coast path. It leads you back to Coleton Fishacre via Coleton Camp, and is an ideal autumn walk as it enjoys views over the rugged coastline where colour runs riot from the bracken, gorse and leaves on the trees. It is only accessible when Coleton Fishacre is open on Saturdays and Sundays, 11am-4pm, in November and December.

The house and surrounding garden at Coleton Fishacre

Map

A map of a walk from Coleton Fishacre to Coleton Camp

Start:

Coleton Fishacre

1

The first path you come to in Coleton Fishacre garden directs you to Scout Point and the wild play area. Follow this path, which takes you along the top of the garden through woodland, with frequent viewpoints over the house and the sea. Keep going until you reach the end of this path and you will come to Scout Point, which is the best place in the garden to see uninterrupted views of the rugged coastline towards Kingswear.

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A couple walking along the dog path in Coleton Fishacre garden

2

Once you have finished breathing in the view at Scout Point, head back along the path and take the first left turn. This path, which is steep in places, leads to the steps near the Summer House. Once you reach the steps, continue down them to get to the bottom of the garden, where you will find a path that leads you out onto the South West Coast Path.

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The view over the lower garden and coast at Coleton Fishacre

3

Once you're through the gate and on the South West Coast Path, follow it to the left, up some steps. It's worth keeping an eye out for blackberries here, which grow in this patch of woodland. Once you're at the top of the steps continue to follow the path. On your right will be a bench and a viewing platform for Pudcombe Cove.

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4

A walk along the South West Coast Path for about quarter of a mile brings you to a fork, where you can continue along to Scabbacombe beach and eventually Brixham, or turn inland and head towards Coleton Camp. For this route, follow the inland path.

5

Follow the inland path through fields and along a country track. At the top of the track you'll come to Coleton Camp car park. Walk through the car park and you'll reach a lane at the far end, which bears to the left. Follow this lane until you come to a junction, and turn left to walk down the driveway to Coleton Fishacre.

A view of Coleton Fishacre house and garden in the summer

End:

Coleton Fishacre

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A circular autumn walk from Coleton Fishacre

Terrain

This route takes in steps and steep and narrow paths. Be aware of cliff edges and keep children and dogs supervised. Please keep dogs on leads when around livestock. 

A circular autumn walk from Coleton Fishacre

Contact us

Telephone: 01803 842382

Email: englishrivieracountryside@nationaltrust.org.uk

Website: http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/coleton-fishacre

A circular autumn walk from Coleton Fishacre

How to get here

Address
Coleton Fishacre, Brownstone Road, Kingswear, Devon, TQ6 0EQ
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 from March 2016: £1 per hour up to three hours, or £4 to stay all day. Free for members (please show membership car upon arrival and display car sticker). Mobility parking adjacent to Visitor Reception, overflow parking on busy days approximately 300 yards. If you would like parking for a motor home over 18 ft, please call 01803 753132.

By bus

services from Paignton or Brixham to Kingswear: alight ¾ mile south-west of Hillhead, 1½ miles walk to garden.

A circular autumn walk from Coleton Fishacre

Facilities and access

  • Toilets
  • Car park (free for National Trust members)
  • Café