MOUNT BATTEN TRAIL
BWF PT No 184 - 14km
With back to Propeller Statue, next to the Hotel Mount Batten, go towards road, down a few steps and across road. Turn left for 200m then turn right under car park barrier and across car park onto South West Coast Path. Keep wire fence and sea on right, when you rejoin pavement turn right and follow South West Coast Path signs to Jennycliff, keeping wire fence and sea still on right. Follow path until it comes out onto a large grass area with a few seats in front of you. Behind seats is a large marker stone for South West Coastal Path. From stone continue in same direction onto small path between bushes and bear around to left, now with wire fence on left, towards Café, keeping on grass, do not go out onto road. Keep to right of road, pass a few seats, through gap in hedge and follow path to gap in next hedge.
Question 1. What is the grid reference of Jennycliff Cafe ?
Through gap and kissing gate to go down then up steps, follow path to go through kissing gate to path junction, turn right follow path to cross a very small stream. Continue on cliff top path, pass defence bunkers on left, down steps, above a small harbour, going on to cross small ravine by wooden footbridge. Stay on path behind cottages, go down steps to road. Turn left, pass some houses on left then just past Café, where road forks, follow path leading down steps to beach. Across edge of beach, then up tarmac path keeping straight on road with chalets on left for 500m. Road turns down right and at end of wall on left go through gap following Coast Path. Cross small wooden planking bridge then another wooden bridge [signpost Heybrook Bay]. 20m after next planking bridge turn left with fence corner up on left, opposite marker post with yellow arrows. Follow fence uphill, keeping it on left. At top turn right, follow path to steps after 180m continue up two more flights of steps following path onto road. Turn right.
Question 2. What is name of the first house on left?
Continue straight on at junction on road [Renney Road] for 1500m, passing Longlands Drive, Westlake Rise, into Down Thomas. Past The Mussel Inn and straight on at Paiges Corner [signpost Staddiscombe 1]. After 300m, on left in lay-by, go through gap in hedge with gate on left, signposted Bovisand Bay 1½miles. Across field alongside fence on left for 150m then straight on across next field to kissing gate in hedge just to right of trees. Through gate and bear slightly left alongside metal posts running across field to go through kissing gate in left hand corner, then down steps to lane. Turn right following lane to junction, then go straight on, 25m at sharp corner turn left to signpost by telegraph pole.
Question 3. What is the stone animal on top of gate at No 1?
Up steps next to telegraph pole, through kissing gate and along path, signpost Radford Lake 1mile, to corner and over stile. Straight across, follow wide track with hedge on left, wire fence on right, through kissing gate, wire fence now on left then through another kissing gate. Continue on track, don’t turn right on Erme-Plym Trail into woods, but follow track through gate, wall on left, to go through small gate in corner. Follow path down through woods with hedge on left, keep going down until 4ft high marker post then turn left through gap and follow path downhill, ignoring all side paths, down steps. At bottom turn left and follow track by road. Straight on along path with houses on left, Arscott Lane. Bear right into Belle Vue Road, then cross main road, Hooe Road. Turn left downhill, ignoring all side turnings. Past Victoria Inn and just past Harris Court, at Lake Road, bear right across green area to iron railings and lake. Turn left on footpath to reach memorial stone on left.
Question 4. Who embarked from here?
At end of railings turn right [Barton Road] ahead passing disused lime kiln on left and remains of bridge on right, continue ahead into Turnchapel village passing Boringdon Arms on left, bear left uphill into St Johns Road.
Question 5. Name of house at Number 23?
Continue uphill and as road bends to left before reaching main road, on wall on left is a round plaque.
Question 6. Who returned from India and when?
Opposite plaque is footpath post, South West Coastal Path, to Clovelly Bay. Follow this path, down steps, along path with apartments on left and marina on right. At end of path follow walkway around small car park. Go up to main road and turn right. Follow main road back to Propeller Statue and Finish.
Route updated 14 January 2016
Walk Organiser: Brian Cole, Greenbank, Station Rd, Willand, Cullompton, Devon, EX15 2PR. Tel:01884 821850.
Walk Fee: £1.00, Embroidered badge available £2.00.
Start: Hotel Mount Batten, Plymouth, Devon, PL9 9SA [GR 201/485532]
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