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Brixham & Berry Head by Stephen Radford | CC0 | via Wikimedia Commons

Brixham & Berry Head

This is a 5.5 mile walk, is fairly easy, and dog friendly. There are some stunning views along the coastline, worth taking your camera with you.

Begin your walk at the statue of William of Orange, close to the Tourist Information Centre. From the statue turn up Fore Street, next to the Blue Anchor. Make sure you cross via the pedestrian crossing and walk up the pedestrianised part of Fore Street. This is the centre of the coastal fishing port.  The old harbour has now been built over, and is now a car park and bus station. At the traffic lights at the end turn left into Bolton Street. Continue to the next set of traffic lights and keep ahead on Greenwood Road. You should be able to see Higher Brixham church ahead of you, marking the original centre of the town.

Go past the hospital, then take the next turning on the left, Castor Road. Follow it as it climbs until it levels out at the junction with St Mary’s Road you will see a large tree in the middle of the junction. Turn left here, along St Mary’s Road. Follow this road to the left, then fork right at the junction just after South Bay Holiday Park. Keep on ahead when the road changes to an unsurfaced green lane. Follow this lane, keeping ahead through a kissing gate when the track turns left and narrows.

Go through the kissing gate and bear to the left and then right over an open area to a prominent gate. The walk has now reached the South West Coast Path, and this is followed back to Brixham. As you go around Sharkham Point, Berry Head can be seen ahead. Cross a stile onto a green lane and turn right. Follow this path, signed to Berry Head, as it climbs steadily up the cliff.  On reaching a stone stile ahead do not cross but turn right, to continue skirting the rear of St Mary’s Bay.

Follow the coast path, keeping right at a junction to continue along the cliff top, behind the large slab of Durl Rock. After crossing a wooden stile, the path rises towards some stone ramparts ahead. Arriving at a path in front of the ramparts, turn left. Follow the path to another T junction of paths. To continue turn left (or if you have visited the fort, return to the junction and continue ahead). Follow the path along the cliff top.Walk towards the entrance to the main fortifications on Berry Head.

When you reach the junction at the fort gate, turn right into the fort. You can walk to the end of the headland where you will see some outstanding views. Return to the fort entrance, follow the path ahead and at the junction bear right, signposted to Brixham. Follow round the rear of old quarries as the path becomes gravelled and descends through woods and down some steps to a road. Turn right here. Keep along the road to the Shoalstone car park. Turn right here, through the parking area and down the steps to the path above the swimming pool. Follow this path until it climbs back to the road, then turn right along the road. Go down some steps opposite the Devoncourt Flats and on down to the end of the Brixham breakwater.

At the breakwater turn left and follow the path through the parking area behind the marina (signed to Town Centre). Continue to the Inner Harbour. Follow the path round to the right to return to the William of Orange statue.

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About the Author: Carole Langman works behind the scenes at Bowerland Cottage Holidays and Devon Dogs as the Business Manager. Her office is always a hive of activity, and with the vast amounts of work Carole has, we never really know how she gets through it all! To unwind, she loves gardening, hikes around Bowerland, travelling and writing.

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