22. The Pill Box
This Pillbox formed part of the defences of our coast against invasion in 1940 and with these cliffs and gardens was used in training for the D.Day Landing on the 6 June 1944. The Fiftieth Anniversary of which this plaque commemorates East Devon District Council 6 June 1994.
Where is this plaque located?
The next plaque is located in Connaught gardens and is a fairly long walk from Belmont. From The gate at the Belmont cross safely over the road toward the Esplanade and follow the pavement running along the Esplanade down a slope that proceeds on to Clifton Beach. Follow the Millennium Path across the beach to the footpath that runs around the red cliffs and is part of the South West Coast Path.
At the end of this path you will come across Jacobs Beach. You can ascend up the very steep steps if you are feeling brave just before you see the beach. Otherwise carry on round the corner and up Jacobs Ladder or take the slope (fairly steep) up to the top and into Connaught Gardens. From the slope the Pill Box plaque is located on your right as you walk in.
From the very steep steps you will need to walk straight ahead at the top and round to the right. Walk forward passing the top of Jacobs Ladder (you may have taken that route) and continue through the left hand arch where the Pill Box is on your left.
The next plaque is located at The Clock Tower in Connaught Gardens.