Berry Head WalkTorquay
Brixham
Devon TQ5 9AP
 
 
 
 
If you feel like stretching your legs while enjoying stunning views and exploring historical sites then the circular walk around Berry Head in Brixham is the ideal place.
 
The walk is 2 miles (3 km) on roadway, coastal path and common. It is a Grade 1-2 walk and is partially accessible to wheelchairs.
 
Start at Berry Head Visitor Centre
Start at Berry Head Visitor Centre and take the lane down the hill to the Berry Head road. Strangely there is an anomaly amongst the foliage and wild flowers, beyond the wire fence to the left of the lane. Here was once a giant underground fuel dump, built during World War II to help provide for the needs of the military.
 
Having passed the renovated buildings of Berry Head farm turn up onto the Coastal Footpath and begin a gentle climb back towards Berry Head. On the left there are glimpses of the Berry Head Hotel built originally as a military hospital during Napoleonic times. Later, the Hotel was also the home of Rev. Lyte, composer of the hymn ‘Abide with Me’. Reverend Lyte was the minister at the Brixham All Saints Church.
 
Napoleonic era 'Hardy's Battery'
The next historic site is the Napoleonic ‘Hardy’s Battery’ with the granite gun positions still in place. These guns and the ones up on the Head were placed here to protect the fleet when it was at anchor in the bay.
 
We pass plenty of prickly gorse bushes before the headland and the old limestone quarry come into view. The quarry is now home to a colony of rare Greater Horseshoe Bats.
 
Once upon a time there was a substantial Iron Age fort on the headland but all trace of it disappeared when the 18th century fortifications were built. The ramparts of the Napoleonic North Fort were built to protect the guns on the end of the promontory.
 
18th Century Fort
Our route takes us into the fort where we will see the guardhouse, now a café, and the magazine, later used as a lookout by the coastguard. Notice beside the magazine a perfect example of a very unusual sentry box. Many years earlier the Romans manned a signal station on this same headland. The lighthouse on Berry Head is unique in that it is the smallest, deepest and highest of all lighthouses in Britain.
 
Guillemots Nesting Sites
From the southern side of the promontory it is possible to see the cliff nesting sites of guillemots beneath the walls of the Southern fort and a Closed Circuit TV screen situated in the Information Centre allows intimate access to a nest and the occupants' activities.
 
Of course, the views southwards may lure the walker further along the South West Coast Path. The headland is home to many unusual and rare plants found only in the thin limestone soils and mild climates of Devon.
 
Parking is available at the Visitor Centre car park.
 
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