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Carswell Farm
Walking Trails

Coastal walks are an unforgettable experience to begin with, but walks on Dartmoor also give you a completely different outlook. Children and dogs are in heaven in Devon, either on the vast expanses of sand at Mothecombe, on the coast path or on the wide open spaces of Dartmoor.

There are too many good walks to mention, many of which start right at your front door. Use the maps provided in the cottages to make best use of local foot paths and bridleways. In case you do need inspiration, these are some of the walks that we recommend adding to your bucket list. Please note, the information is a guide only and landmarks are given OS references, so we strongly advise you to take a map as well.

From: Carswell or Lambside to MOTHECOMBE BEACH (OS611472)

Distance: 2 miles from Carswell; 3.5 miles from Lambside.
Duration: 1 hour from Carswell; 2 hours from Lambside.
Terrain: Coastal path and beach. Several stiles. One steep hill with steps. No push chairs.
Best Time of the Year: Any.

This is not a circular walk so you will either have to drop a car at the car park in Mothecombe or come back along the coast path the way you came. It is a beautiful walk none the less and not too long if you just feel like striding out! It’s also relatively easy once you’re on the coastal path, but there are no watering holes along the way so take your own supplies.

From Carswell (Crofters Cottage) take the quickest route to the coastal path which is to turn right down the track towards the sea. Follow the track until you come to barbed wire gate with a yellow arrow on the post and go over the stile. Once through the gate, follow the hedge up to the next gate in the wall, go across this small field and you will see a stile, which is on the coast path below St Anchorite’s Rock. You are now on the coast path.

Turn left so that you are walking East with the sea on your right. Keep going along the path until you get to Mothecombe beach. Simple!

From Lambside (Lambside House, The Mews,The Lodge, Corner & Shepherd’s Cottages) take the quickest route to the coastal path which is to walk up to the top road via the right hand side of the loop road and then turn left along the top road until you see a stile on the opposite side of the road. Hop over and along the lane until you come to the coast path.

Turn left so that you are walking East with the sea on your right. Keep going along the path until you get to Mothecombe beach. Simple!

You now have two choices. If the tide is out you can walk over the rocks round the next headland and walk up the ramp in front of the coastguard cottages. If the tide is in you will have to take the narrow foot path at the far corner of the beach which will bring you out in to the beach road. Turn left here and you will then see the car park on your right. There is also a telephone box a bit further on – if you need to phone home for a lift home!



From: Carswell or Lambside to NOSS MAYO

Distance: 6 miles from Lambside; 8 miles from Carswell (11-13 miles if doing round trip).
Duration: 2 – 4 hours one way. 5 – 7 hours for round trip.
Terrain: Moderately flat. Steeper down hill towards the end. Sturdy push chairs and adventurous wheelchairs (from the warren only).
Best Time of the Year: Any.

This is the other coastal walk in proximity of Carswell, and you can do as much or as little of it as you like. Much of this section of the path was made in Georgian times by Edward Baring of Barings Bank to allow his wife and ten children to travel by carriage round the coast to church at Noss Mayo. For this reason part of the path is suitable for push chairs and wheel chairs. If you’ve got wheels in tow, we suggest you drive to The Warren, park there and start your walk from here.

If you’re foot loose and fancy free you can start from your cottage without having to get in the car and do the whole circular walk (with refreshments at The Ship or The Swan in Noss Mayo!)

From Carswell (Crofters Cottage) take the quickest route to the coastal path which is to turn right down the track towards the sea. Follow the track until you come to barbed wire gate with a yellow arrow on the post and go over the stile. Once through the gate, follow the hedge up to the next gate in the wall, go across this small field and you will see a stile, which is on the coast path below St Anchorite’s Rock. You are now on the coast path.

From Lambside (Lambside House, The Mews, The Lodge, Corner & Shepherd’s Cottage) take the quickest route to the coastal path which is to walk up to the top road via the right hand side of the loop road and then turn right along the top road. Almost immediately you will see a stile on the other side of the road, opposite Eastern Lodge. Hop over and along path by the side of the hedge. Then branch off to the left towards the ruin of the tea house and join the coast path there.

The ‘Tea House’ was built by Edward Baring and was known as a ‘pleasure house’. Mrs Baring is said to have used it to take tea and paint water colours. Gather your breath here for a moment and soak in the view! The next place you come to is Stoke where there is a caravan park. Try to ignore this but, if you fancy a detour, leave the coast path and walk down toward the caravans for a peek inside St Peter’s Church. It’s a church with no roof and is virtually a ruin but still has a font and is used for a service at the beginning of the Yealm regatta week in July.

Return to the coastal path and continue on along the path going west.

If, after a mile or two you’re starting to get tired and want to bail out, then take the path off the coastal path at the Warren Car Park (OS542465). If you then turn left and immediately right you walk down a loose gravel track straight into the village of Noss Mayo and if you turn left when you get to the main road you will see the Ship Inn just in front of you.

IF YOU’VE GOT A STURDY PUSH CHAIR, START AT THE WARREN CAR PARK (OS542465), JOIN THE COASTAL FOOTPATH AND HEAD WEST.

Provided you are still feeling strong keep going along the coastal path for another mile or so and you will be rewarded with a spectacular view, past the Mew stone and right over the Plymouth Sound. The path begins to descend through some woods. If you feel like a swim at this point (not with a push chair), take the path off to the left, just after these trees down to Cellars Beach. It’s a bit of a climb back up again though so make sure you are feeling strong. If you decide against it the path takes you on past the old coastguard cottages, down through the woods (which are particularly impressive during the rhododendron season in early spring) and out by the back of the Ship Inn where you can reward yourself with a pint and delicious lunch!

For those walking back, leave Noss Mayo by the road past the church hall, past the tennis courts and Brookings Wood (on your left). Keep following this lane (which eventually turns into a track) for about a mile, past a house or two until you come to the road. Turn left and then almost immediately right and you are at the Warren carpark – go through here and re-join the coast path, turning east (sea on your right) and back to your cottage.
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