Peter’s Coleton Camp Circular – Wednesday 15th September

On a beautiful September morning only 5 intrepid walkers took the track from the car park, down to The South West Coast Path, to enjoy some wonderful scenery.

We spotted buzzards, a hawk and host of butterflies. Some folk we encountered were walking the complete SWC Path, but in sections over time, others just in part as we were today.

Heading towards Pudcombe Cove, we approached Coleton Fishacre, where it was busier. The house was built by Lady Dorothy and Rupert D’Oyly Carte in 1926 after the site was espied from their yacht and thought a ‘highly desirable place to make a home’. Those who have visited this National Trust property will know that misfortune befell the couple in later life with the tragic loss of their only son, aged 21. Their daughter, Bridget inherited the house but sold it in 1949 as it was ‘too far from London’.  It eventually became a National Trust acquisition in 1982.

From here we progressed on to Froward Point which was a military defence battery in 1940. We enjoyed our lunch here, the boys choosing shade while the girls opted for sunshine. After the break, we climbed up into Warren Woods where there had been a devastating fire a couple of years ago, started by a beach barbeque. We then descended multiple steps, only to be challenged by many more on the ascent. All good fun.

A right turn at the top took us to Home Farm before we went down to Brownstone. At the National Trust holiday Cottages we encountered a rare sight,  Jon the Chimney Sweep. See photo!!! After exchanging history stories of Sweeps we made our way back to Coleton Camp Car Park, finishing the  7 mile walk at 2.30pm.

All agreed it was an excellent walk, sadly missed by those who did not turn up today.

Peter H