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The Mewstone and the coast land around Froward Point
The Mewstone and the coast land around Froward Point, near Coleton Fishacre, Devon | © National Trust/Phil Hemsley
Devon

Coleton Fishacre Ranger Run

Nestled on Devon's south coast, Coleton Fishacre's exotic garden leads down a steep valley towards the sea. This trail run takes in the dramatic coastal scenery which surrounds it, starting at Coleton Camp and covering some tough terrain and interesting built cultural history. The full run follows the edge of the estate and a dramatic section of the South West Coast Path or, for a shorter loop, you could head steeply up from the Coast Path through the garden (normal admission prices for Coleton Fishacre apply).

Ranger Run Series

This route has been created in collaboration with expert trail runners and adventurers Jen and Sim Benson, as part of our Ranger Run Series.

Total steps: 5

Total steps: 5

Start point

Coleton Camp car park, Brownstone Road, Kingswear, TQ6 0EQ. Grid ref: SX909512

Step 1

Follow the track east out of the car park heading downhill towards the sea and reaching the South West Coast Path (SWCP) at Scabbacombe Head.

Step 2

Turn right onto the Coast Path to follow it south-west until you reach Pudcombe Cove, near the coastal entrance to Coleton Fishacre garden. If you would like to do the shorter version of this run, leave the Coast Path here and go up through the centre of Coleton Fishacre garden. Normal admission prices to Coleton Fishacre apply, so pop into visitor reception while you're there. When you're ready to continue, follow the driveway and turn right at the top to go back to the start of the route at Coleton Camp.

Step 3

Continue on the South West Coast Path round Outer Froward Point and on past Brownstone Battery at Inner Froward Point, a Second World War gun emplacement. The trail continues around Newfoundland Cove.

The National Coastwatch Institution lookout at Froward Point, on the site of Brownstone Battery, Devon, looking out to sea
The National Coastwatch Institution lookout at Froward Point, on the site of Brownstone Battery, Devon | © National Trust/Holly Ramsden

Step 4

Continue on the South West Coast Path to a track which leads left to Kingswear; don't take this but turn right and climb uphill past Higher Brownstone Farm to join a country lane.

The day mark, a navigational aid for ships, in field in Devon
The Day Mark is a navigational aid for ships off the coast near Brownstone Battery, Devon | © National Trust/Tim Bumby

Step 5

Follow the country lane past the entrance to Coleton Fishacre on your right, back to the start at Coleton Camp.

End point

Coleton Camp car park, Brownstone Road, Kingswear, TQ6 0EQ. Grid ref: SX909512

Trail map

A map of a running route around Coleton Fishacre estate
A map of a running route around Coleton Fishacre estate, Devon | © Crown copyright and database rights 2013 Ordnance Survey

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