By: Blonde Two
Although the Blonde expedition season is well and truly underway, we had a weekend off youngsters this weekend. Mr Blonde Two and I decided to celebrate the amazing weather by doing a bit of walking on the South West Coast Path and paying our respects to a construction that to me epitomises simple elegance. The Kingswear Daymark was built in 1864 by the Dartmouth Harbour Commissioners to safely guide boats into the harbour mouth. Visible for miles out to sea, it has done its job well for a long time and, for me, is one of the Devon South West Coast Path highlights.
I love the Daymark, it stands alone in a sweeping field of green just back from the South West Coast path. In the summer in looks just as magnificent surrounded by waving golden crops.
As you walk down the (well surfaced) lane from Brownstone Car Park (National Trust), the Daymark offers an ever increasingly satisfying view. Because of its arches, each step you take gives slightly different view through, it is impossible to take enough photographs to capture the whole experience.
A closer inspection (there is a marked path from the lane) does not disappoint. You can stand in the centre of the Daymark and admire the sky through its limestone arches (24 metres) and the hole in the top. At night you can admire the stars in the same way.
I have very happy memories of visits to the Daymark during the days that I was a Scout leader. We used to take our Scouts there to make their promise. It even features in our book ‘Dart the River’; can you spot it?
If you are ever walking along the Brixham to Kingswear section of the South West Coast Path, I promise you that the Daymark is well worth the short detour.
We Blondes have walked a fair few sections of the South West Coast Path in both Devon and Cornwall. Take a look at some of our SW coast path walking experiences below: