Brixham Headlands – 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.
Berry head car park – pay & display (It is also possible to start and finish at Brixham harbour – go straight to point 8)
5.5 miles (shorter route 3 miles)
Moderate. Some steps and stiles, short inclines but not too steep
Route fairly even underfoot. Coastal footpath and field footpaths with occasional mud in wet weather; surfaced road.
Berry Head car park – pay & display
SX 903 510
Café at Berry Head or in Brixham
Berry Head and Brixham
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.
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 at point 8.
Bear left to remain on the coast path and follow this around Sharkham Point.
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.
Carry straight on into St Mary’s Road
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.
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.
Bear right towards the Harbour then right again 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)
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.
Turn left to follow the path around Shoalstone pool, then left at the end to rejoin the road. Remain on Berry Head Rd as it curves around past the hotel entrance.
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.