Four walks through history in South Devon

From the Bronze Age to modern history, remnants of days gone by are scattered across the South Devon coast and countryside. You can look out for signs of our past along these four walks.

The remains of the Iron Age fort of Bolt Tail are clearly visible on the headland, and can be seen from the coastpath
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Amble on the down 

Bolberry Down has been a known site for agriculture and settling for centuries, with a significant Iron Age hill fort perched on the headland of Bolt Tail. A number of Bronze Age and even Mesolithic items have been found in the area, including flint, arrow and axe-heads, so keep a sharp eye out - who knows what you could find?

Views over a spring landscape towards Starehole Bay, East Soar
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Bolt Head walk 

The cliffs around Bolt Head are dotted with jagged rocks and the remnants of field boundaries and animal enclosures, some which have been traced back to the Bronze Age. The expansive coastal views in either direction are hard to beat, and you may even spot wrecks like the Hezogin Cecile from 1936 off Soar Mill Cove.

The view towards Mill Cottage at Wembury
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Wembury to Heybrook Bay 

This route begins between the Old Mill café and St Werburgh’s church, dating from at least the 14th Century if not as early as the Saxon times. Wandering along to Wembury Point, you may spot smuggler Sam Wakeham’s former house, a rounded cottage on the Mewstone. The walk takes in the former HMS Cambridge site, a Second World War gunnery school that has been restored as coastal grassland.

You can find weathered orthostats at Prawle Point
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Prawle Point walk 

The dramatic coastline at Prawle Point is a wild landscape rich in history. The coastguard station stands on the site of a medieval chapel, with panoramic views along the water’s edge. Keep an eye out for the rugged orthostats, the upright stones that are Scheduled Monuments marking ancient boundary lines. Further along by Pig’s Nose, Neolithic artefacts like chert, flint and quartzite tools have been found before – perhaps you’ll spot another along the way.