Brownsham via Exmansworthy

This Grassland has an excellent mixture of habitats, including wet heath and scrubby woodland, bog plant, purple moor grass and rush pasture. It supports a myriad of birdlife (barn owls, curlew and snipe), insects (marbled white, dingy skipper and the very rare marsh fritillary butterflies) and also many uncommon plant species, notably yellow bartsia, the Cornish moneywort, several rare orchids (including the lesser butterfly), wavy St John’s wort and the Devon whitebeam tree.

This walk passes through farmland and quiet Devon lanes before reaching the South West Coast Path. It then follows the coast with wonderful views across to Lundy Island and of coastal erosion. The large Blackchurch Rock with its two ‘windows’ or arches is always ahead of you and is reached when you get to Mouthmill. It then becomes obvious as to how large it is. Be careful of the rocks here as they are slippery and are also covered with sharp barnacles if you try to go over to the arches. The walk finishes by gently regaining height through the Brownsham Woods

Fact file:

South West Coast Path and impressive coastal scenery, Windbury Hillfort, Memorial to the crew of a Wellington bomber, wooded valleys, Blackchurch Rock, Mouthmill limekiln, Brownsham Woods.

Start Grid ref: SS 285 259
Distance: 5.4 miles, circular

Height gained/lost: 350 metres, starts easy to moderate, becomes harder through the Beckland valley, ending moderate to easy.

Highest Point: 161 metres
Lowest Point: 4 metres

Toilets: None

Eating Places: None

Time required: 3hr 10 min, plus stops