The Mew Stone

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, onto an MP3 player or simply call the local no. 01548 802315 on-site and then the 3 digit number shown for each position.


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

Coast path with some uneven sections and long flights of steps; 2 steep descents; 1 steep ascent.

Obstacles and steep gradients

2 stiles; 4 flights of steps; 2 steep descents; 1 steep ascent.

Public transport

Kingswear is served directly by buses from Paignton and Brixham. Steam railway from Paignton 01803 555872. You can also travel by bus to Dartmouth from Kingsbridge and Totnes and then by ferry to Kingswear. For information on public transport in South Hams please call Traveline on 0871 200 22 33 or visit

Refreshment stops

Many cafes, restaurants and pubs across the river in Dartmouth.


Public toilets are by the ferry slipway in Kingswear.


Private car park at Kingswear Marina. Pay on departure.


Please contact Dartmouth Tourist Information Centre on 01803 834224 or visit

Other facilities

Kingswear has a general store, and a post office. There is a phone box by the slipway.

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 right onto Beacon Road.  This becomes a tarmac footpath, and then joins a road again.

3. Turn right down wooden steps, signed Froward Point 1 1/4m.

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 (taking care as may be slippery).  The footpath joins a private road.  Bear left where the road forks, and then left again.

7. Turn right back down Alma Steps.  Retrace your steps past the steam railway, and fork left past the bus shelter to the car park.



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