• Peter Morrison

The Daymark - Kingswear


The Daymark was built in 1864 by the Dartmouth Harbour Commissioners to guide mariners to the entrance of Dartmouth Harbour as it was notoriously difficult to find from the sea.


This hollow, octagonal tower is built of limestone and rises to 80ft (24m) high on tall arched legs, it's situated in an arable field above Froward Point near the town of Kingswear, Devon, England.


The Beacon is easily accessible, you can park for free, voluntary contributions box available, at the Nationals Trusts Brownstone carpark (TQ6 0EH for Satnav - grid ref: SX903510) and it's about a 5-minute walk.


If you're more adventurous you can walk onto Froward Point and Brownstone Battery along a clearly signposted military road created during the Second World War. This gave access to the coastal defence position which housed two gun positions, two searchlight positions and a variety of other buildings, including an observation post, generator room, ammunition store, general store and mess rooms, which can still be seen.


For a longer walk you can continue along the South West Coastal path to Kingswear and catch the ferry over to Dartmouth but please note that the approx. 5km walk has uneven sections, long flights of steps and steep descents/ ascents.




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