Walk - Sharkham Point & Berry Head
5.8 miles (9.3 km)
Brixham - William of Orange Statue - TQ5 8AZ Brixham - William of Orange Statue
Moderate - Some steps and stiles, with several stretches of ascent and descent, but they are not steep or prolonged.
A circuit linking Brixham's two headlands, giving fine views over Tor Bay. The Royal Navy's western fleet sheltered in the bay from the southwesterlies in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, bringing a need for extensive fortifications on the coast during the Napoleonic Wars. On a good day, there are panoramic vistas right across Lyme Bay towards Portland. The rare limestone grasslands provide a good habitat for many unusual plants. In the summer the cliffs are home to thousands of 'Brixham Penguins', whose rowdy activities can be watched on CCTV in the visitor centre on Berry Head. In the autumn it is a great place for watching migrant birds, including skuas, terns, and even petrels. Look out for bottlenose dolphins, porpoises and basking sharks in the water below.
St Mary's Bay to the East of Sharkham Point is dog-friendly all year. Have a look at our Top Dog Walks on the South West Coast Path for more dog-friendly beaches and pubs.