Brixham Headlands

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A circuit linking Brixham’s two headlands. Giving fine views out over Torbay and towards the mouth of the Dart. Plenty of local history from Napoleon to the historic fishing fleet of the harbour, mixed in with an abundance of superb wildlife and nationally protected landscapes.

Technical sheet
No. 10052290
A Brixham walk posted on 02/06/21 by South Devon AONB. Update : 11/01/22
Calculated time Calculated time: 3h10[?]
Distance Distance : 5.85mi
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 505ft
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 636ft
Highest point Highest point : 240ft
Lowest point Lowest point : 0ft
Average Difficulty : Average
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Location Location : Brixham
Starting point Starting point : N 50.395637° / W 3.492439°
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Description

(D/A) Head south out of the car park and take the footpath on your left. Follow the acorn symbol for the coast path along the top of the cliffs.

(1) For a shorter route, turn right and follow the lane to the junction. Cross over onto Centry Road, then Higher Ranscombe Road and Ranscombe Road back down towards the harbour, to rejoin the route.

(2) Bear left to remain on the coast path and follow this around Sharkham Point.

(3) Having gone through the gate, bear right and follow the path at the right hand field edge to the kissing gate at the end of the field onto a green lane. Follow this lane to its end past the holiday park.

(4) Turn left on St Mary’s Road and carry straight on. Bear right and stay on St Mary’s Road, passing an entrance to a holiday park and Upton Manor campsite. Carry on downhill around a right hand bend. At a junction with a big tree turn right onto Castor Road. Follow this until the crossroads.

(5) At the crossroads, turn right onto Greenswood Road, past the hospital. Cross straight over the traffic lights onto Bolton Road. Follow this to the crossroads and traffic lights by the Town Hall.

(6) Bear left towards the Harbour then right at the road sign for Berry Head. Pass the William of Orange statue and continue around the harbour walking up towards Breakwater beach. (Keep following the acorn symbols as you see them)

(7) Turn right up the hill, then left onto Berry Head Road. If the tide is out, you can walk along the beach and up the steps on the other side, to join the road.

(8) Turn left to follow the path around Shoalstone pool, then left at the end to rejoin the road. Remain on Berry Head Road as it curves around past the hotel entrance.

(9) Take the footpath on the left, just past the Hotel entrance. Follow the path up the steps and through the woods to Berry Head Country Park.

(10) Take a detour down through the fort, to the tip of the headland to see the lighthouse and enjoy the views, before returning to follow the path back to the car park.(D/A)

Waypoints :
D/A : mi 0 - alt. 157ft - Berry head car park
1 : mi 0.7 - alt. 89ft - Shorter route
2 : mi 0.86 - alt. 131ft - Coast path
3 : mi 1.8 - alt. 164ft - Gate
4 : mi 2.42 - alt. 197ft - St Mary’s Road
5 : mi 3.01 - alt. 72ft - Crossroad
6 : mi 3.58 - alt. 33ft - Harbour
7 : mi 4 - alt. 16ft - Hill
8 : mi 4.32 - alt. 0ft - Shoalstone pool
9 : mi 4.54 - alt. 0ft - Footpath
10 : mi 4.99 - alt. 0ft - Detour to the fort
D/A : mi 5.85 - alt. 0ft - Berry head car park

Useful Information

Start : Berry head car park – pay & display.
Terrain : Route fairly even underfoot. Coastal footpath and field footpaths with occasional mud in wet weather; surfaced road.
Parking : Berry Head car park – pay & display.
Public transport : See www.travelinesw.com
Refreshments : Café at Berry Head or in Brixham.
Toilets : Berry Head and Brixham.

Visorando and this author cannot be held responsible in the case of accidents or problems occuring on this walk.

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