Berry HeadTorquay
Gillard Road
Devon TQ5 9AP
 
 
 
Berry Head to the south of Brixham in Devon shelters the southern side of Brixham Harbour.  It is a limestone peninsula rising 200 feet (65 metres) from the sea, forming the southern arm of Tor Bay.
 
It is a 100-acre National Nature Reserve and forms part of the South West Coast Path. As well as being a beautiful and interesting place for a walk, the site holds two well-preserved Napoleonic Forts built between 1795 and 1806, important World War II heritage, and a uniquely low lighthouse.
 
The ramparts of the Napoleonic North Fort were built to protect the guns on the end of the promontory. The guardhouse has been turned into a café and Visitor Centre (open April to October).  Still preserved is the magazine, later used as a lookout by the coastguard. Notice beside the magazine a perfect example of a very unusual sentry box.
 
Highest Lighthouse in Britain is only 6ft Tall!
The lighthouse is so low that its light is only 6 feet (2 metres) above the ground but it is the highest lighthouse in Britain being over 200 feet (61 mtres) above sea level.  Built in 1906, the light is visible over 20 miles (32 km) away.
 
Berry Head is an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and a Country Park.  It is home to over 100 rare and endangered plants.  From May to August the Early Gentian, White Rock-Rose, Honewort, Small Hare's Ear, Restharrow and Goldilock's Aster can be found.  Between April and September 8 different species of flowering Orchid can be seen.
 
The sheer cliffs are breeding sites for Guillemots.  The colony on the cliffs below the Southern Fort is one of the largest on England's south coast and can be closely watched live on CCTV in the Visitor Centre.  Breeding takes place in spring and summer.
 
The limestone caves at Berry Head are home to the endangered Greater Horseshoe Bat.  Dung beetles living in the many cow pats on the headland are their favourite food.
 
Facilities
Café, Visitor Centre, Guided walks with the Ranger
It is free to walk on the headland and it is accessible all year round. For further information, refer to Berry Head Walk in this website.
 
Accommodation - Search & Book through Agoda here:    External Link
 
Contact & Further Information
 
Getting There
- By Car
Berry Head National Nature Reserve is signposted from Brixham. The site is situated at the end of Gillard Road. Drive past Landscove Holiday Village up a single track road which leads to the car park and Visitor Centre. There is ample 'Pay & Display' car parking at Berry Head.
 
- Public Transport  & Directions
The number 12 bus serves Brixham. The service runs approximately every 10 minutes throughout the day. Take the bus to Brixham and follow the signs to Berry Head. The walk takes 30 minutes, part of which is steep.
 
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