English Riviera Walk – Sundowner

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English Riviera Walk – Sundowner

The Drum CockingtonDistance: 2.5 miles
Exertion: Moderate, some steep slopes
Time: Allow 2 hours
Terrain: Mainly gravel pathways. Not suitable for pushchairs.
Dogs: Free to roam.
Refreshments: The Drum Inn, Cockington
Start Postcode:  TQ2 6XA

I walk early every morning and often see the sun rise over the sea but it isn’t very often that I see the sun set over the moors as I did as a child growing up in Edginswell. So on a dusky summer’s evening I set out to walk to Gallows Gate, one of the Bay’s highest points, to watch the day come to an end. I chose to walk from Cockington to explore the plethora of ancient bridleways and paths that criss-cross the hills and valleys.

The route takes in sections of the John Musgrave Heritage Trail as well the the more modern Geopark Cycle Network. You may find yourself sharing the way with horses, walkers and cyclists but there’s always plenty of room even with summer at its most verdant.

You’ll need time for a breather once you reach Gallows Gate as you’ll have climbed a good 100 metres from Cockington. Once the sun sets, it’s all downhill by twilight and before you know it you’ll be at the bar in the Drum Inn enjoying your favourite tipple.


Park in any of the Cockington public car parks and make your way past the Drum Inn as if you were leaving the village. 20 metres after the Inn take the gravelled path on the left marked by a cycle trail marker (A18). This is the ancient Bewhay Lane that links the village to Stantor Barton Farm. Ignore the turning right signposted Fruit Copse and carry on uphill until the gravel track turns right. Take in the views of Cockington church and village rooftops nestling in the woods to the left of the path.

2 From here the gravel path follows field boundaries and reveals some panoramic views of the countryside all the way to the coast with London Bridge prominent in the distance.

3 At this T-junction take the path uphill. After another fall and rise the path enters Conqueror Wood, an area of woodland planted in 2005 as part of the Trafalgar 200 celebrations and also home toTorquay’s woodland burial site.

4 Gallows Gate picnic area is at the top of the path and offers views over Kingskerswell and towards the moors. Retrace your steps back to the T-junction and downhill another 100 metres to a junction of four pathways.

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5 Take the right turn signposted to Cockington Village and follow the bridleway down to Cockington Lane.

6 The bridleway leads on to Cockington Lane which in turn will return you to the village via the Drum Inn.

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