The Mew Stone

Explore South Devon:  Kingswear to Froward Point

Castles and cliffs, seals and skylarks. On a coastal circular walk rich in views, history and natural abundance.

'Hidden estuaries' audio clips

To enhance the information on this estuary self-guided walking trail, we have recorded audio descriptions about the hidden and past world within the estuary.

The hidden estuaries audio clips are best listened to at the key positions around the walk, all of which are marked on the downloadable walk map (link on the right) and physically on-site by small plaques.  You can download the clips from the audio player on the right of this page.


Start Marina car park, Kingswear.
Distance 5 miles
Circular Walk? Yes
Grade Moderate to Hard

Coast path with some uneven sections and long flights of steps.

Obstacles and steep gradients

Long flights of steps. 2 steep descents; 1 steep ascent. 2 stiles.

Public transport

See TravelineSW

Refreshment stops

In Kingswear or Dartmouth.


Public toilets are by the ferry slipway in Kingswear.


Pay and display car park, Darthaven Marina.

OS map Explorer OL20
Grid reference SX885512


1. Turn right out of the car park along the road, then bear right again.  By ferry slipway, pass under the arch, then left up Alma Steps.

2. Turn left at top of Alma steps then right to go up Church Hill. At the top of the hill, walk straight on along Castle Road / Beacon Lane. Follow coast path signs.

3. Turn right down wooden steps, signed Froward Point 1¼ m.

4. Just past Mill Bay Cove, turn right onto private drive, and then left after 30m, up steps and through woods. Pass above Newfoundland Cove to Brownstone Battery. (To explore the Battery, drop down the path to the right by the  coastwatch station. Turn left by the first searchlight post, then left again following the ‘acorn’ waymarker. Fork left once more to wind back up to the coastwatch lookout).

5. Bear left onto the track signed ‘HG Brownstone’. Past the Day Mark, fork left onto a green lane signed for Kingswear.

6. Turn left at Brownstone and follow the footpath through the farm and past Crocker’s Cottage. The footpath joins a private road. Bear left where the road forks, and then left again.

7. At top of Church hill, go down first section Alma steps, turn right at the bottom to go down the next section of Alma steps. Retrace your route back up the road, past the railway station to the car park.