|The OS Map segment on the National Trust site for the walk shows the route we followed from the carpark at Point 1 out to Froward Point and along the cliffs before heading back to the car|
|LST 289 entering the mouth of Dartmouth harbour. Froward Point can be seen in the right background|
|A rather battered but still floating LST 289 after her encounter with a German torpedo, seen here back in Dartmouth after Exercise Tiger|
Dartmouth has always been an important naval anchorage since the founding of the English navy under King Henry VIII, although today is mainly concerned with tourism and pleasure boating, but navigating the rocky coast that mark the approaches to the mouth of the River Dart has always been important to mariners and thus the walker of the path out to the cliffs is greeted by a reminder of that fact with the imposing structure that is The Daymark.
|The hedgerow countryside is well illustrated in this view from the track as we headed out to Froward Point|
|The eighty-two foot high Daymark navigational marker looms above the clifftop fields |
Built in 1864 as a navigational aid to mariners, The Daymark is an amazing structure, built solidly to withstand the elements atop its cliff-top perch and I would imagine still a useful reference point to those at sea today.
|The curve in the land close to the cliffs indicates the entrance to the River Dart and Dartmouth beyond|
The track down to the cliffs is the original military road that service the battery and after a turn in that road the walker is greeted with a series of old brick buildings one of which has been recommissioned as a Coastguard lookout post.
|One of the converted buildings of the original WWII Brownstone Battery now serves equally well as a Coastguard lookout.|
|The first of two 6" gun mounts with ammunition caches built into the concrete position|
|Inside the mount can be seen the rusty bolts that once held the 6" gun in position|
|A remarkable site was this six inch gun breech block lying on the path and clearly identifiable.|
|The entrance to Dartmouth clearly visible from the lower searchlight bunker|
With our tour of the old coastal gun position complete we began the uphill-downhill trek that is the coastal path with the cliffs of granite so different from our local red sandstone around Exmouth, just a few miles down the coast.
Next up the British Third Rate of Renown that was the large class of 74-gun ship of the line, HMS Revenge, another book to review, and lots of fun with Mr Madison's War on Vassal.