Whitsand Bay and Tregantle Fort

The plan for this walk was to pick off part of the coastal path between Rame and Seaton and look to complete a section of the coastal path running all the way from West Bay in Dorset to Pentewan in Cornwall. Which is a fair distance! After this I’ve only got the bit from Trethill Cliffs to Seaton to do, which I’ll do this year I’m sure. This part of the coastal path looks to be fairly straight forward on the map, with the path seemingly hugging the coastal road, in fact the path is the road for parts to Tregantle Fort, then it all changes, the section through the fort is brilliant, some tarmac and then grassy paths to Trethill Cliffs. Make a note to take the second gate, near to the main B3247 road. As the first gate only gives access to the beach at Tregantle. Once at Trethill Cliffs, I turned to head back to the car walking what must have been the path with the most butterflies on it that I’d ever seen, hundreds everywhere. Then walking past and picking up an ice cream, from the van in the big car park, opposite Tregantle Fort I headed along the lanes inland before turning back to Tregonhawke and the coastal road to the car. This is a cracking walk, yes a fair bit is along the coastal road, but it gives you quick passage to the better section around the fort, with opportunities to hit the beach at Freathy, Tregantle or anywhere really if you want to drop down to it, a lovely section of the path.

Start – Parking by coastal road near Wiggle!

Route – Tregonhawke – Freathy – Freathy life guard station – Tregantle Cliff – Tregantle Fort – Trethill Cliffs – Tregantle Fort – Higher Tregantle farm – Withnoe Barton Farm – Tregonhawke – Car park

Distance – 9miles    Start time – 10am   Time taken – 4hrs 40mins  Highest Point – Higher Tregantle farm 103m

Weather – Cloudy to start, sun in the middle around Tregantle Fort, then cloud to finish. Windy on the coast

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Starting out and looking across to Rame Head, most of the views along this section are either of this and around Whitsand Bay towards Looe
Lovely welcome sign and showing the wildlife of the bay
Gatekeeper I think, loads of these along this section of the path today
Around Whitsand Bay, there are loads of chalets, holiday homes, possibly homes along this section
Back to Rame head, lots of cloud overhead, the forecast had today down as cloudy and no sun, so this was fine for me
A gap and gate in the hedge gave views back down to Plymouth and Millbrook
Freathy on the left and of course Rame Head in the distance. If you haven’t done the Rame head walk then you can find that here
Freathy Beach
There are a couple of beaches here along with this very photogenic life guards hut. You can see one of the guards far right of photo
The lower gate entry which takes you to Tregantle beach, the fort is up there on the right
The first of the firing ranges you pass on the way to the fort after the first gate. The sandy area down there is the target around 600 metres away
Tregantle Fort
History of the fort, loved that no windows originally faced the sea as they didn’t believe that was a possible attack route!
Looking back along the fort
More firing ranges here, I’m crossing the fields to the right
Glorious views back to Rame Head, the fort on the left
I’m turning here, but this is the path onwards towards Downderry and Seaton
Inland, I’m stood in some sun here but over that way the cloud is still very thick
I think this is a Wall Brown
A Speckled Wood
Another Gatekeeper, so many of these here
A lovely section of this path brought out the Common Blue butterflies
By the B3247 now nearing Tregantle Fort again
To the sea across the wheat fields
Clouding over again as I head along the lanes, looking back to Tregantle Fort
Down to Millbrook as I head up the lane back to Tregonhawke
Reaching the coastal road again and get that view to Rame Head
And the other way around Whitsand Bay. This is a lovely walk, best on a decent weather day but the fort will be brilliant on at any time

3 thoughts on “Whitsand Bay and Tregantle Fort

  1. Looks like a wonderful walk. When I walked SWCP in November 2010, the red flags were up and the gates locked so I missed the fort and had to follow the road instead. Many of the chalets that you mention appeared to be occupied even at that time of year so I guess they are used as permanent homes. I’ll have to go back some time to walk through the range area.

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