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The Best Brixham Walks

Brixham is located on the South West Coast Path and, therefore, there are so many excellent walks to choose from in and around the town.  Get your walking shoes on, pack some water, and pick a route.  Whatever the weather, a good stomp is appropriate in Devon.  Be sure to say hello to all those who pass you by.  Check out our recommendations below for the best Brixham walks and try one on Your Devon Escape.


Park at Berry Head Car Park and head south out of the car park following the coast path signs.  For the short route, turn right onto Sea Lane and head back into town following Century Road and on.  For the full 5.5 miles, keep on the coast path and follow this to Sharkham Point.  From here, follow the path through the field until you reach the holiday park and onto St. Mary’s Road.  Follow this road back into town and out to Berry Head from the harbour.  Either length of this route gives you beautiful coastal views out to sea followed by a wander through the town centre and harbour.  Watch the boats sail past as you breathe in the coastal air.  Be sure to watch out for seals, dolphins, and other wildlife as you are walking.  A decision to shorten this route can be made after setting off depending on how your group is doing.


This circular walk takes you from Brixham Harbour, along the coast path and up to Berry Head.  It is the perfect short circular for stunning views of the coastline.  This is for sure one of the best Brixham walks.  Simply follow the coast path from the harbour round to the headland, passing Shoalstone.  Begin with beautiful views of the harbour, followed by a short walk along the roadside, before heading into woodland to reach berry Head.  When you get to Berry Head itself, it is a big open headland which you are free to explore and admire the stunning views.  There is also The Guardhouse Café located at the headland if you fancy a coffee or a bite to eat before walking back.  Be sure to scout the coastline for seals and dolphins.


This hike is not for the faint-hearted, with it being one of the most strenuous walks along the Exmouth to Plymouth section of the South West Coast Path.  Between the lanes and roads that you will leave or enter Brixham and Kingswear from, the in-between section of the walk (most of the walk) is made up of cliff-face paths and wooded zigzags.  This is all worth it for the beautiful views out to sea for most of the walk.  If you do not fancy the walk back, there is a frequent bus service that operates between Brixham and Kingswear to get you back to where you started.  Check out the Stagecoach website to find the schedule.  This walk can be completed with either Kingswear or Brixham as the start point.


There are a few moderately strenuous sections to this walk but, overall, it is a lovely stomp.  There are flat sections, hilly sections, woodland, and steps.  The walk begins at Berry Head and follows the coast path all the way to Paignton.  Simply keep following the signs.  After walking through the town of Brixham, you will pass the Broadsands and Goodrington Beaches before reaching Paignton.  For part of the route, you will be following the stream train line, and if you are there at the right time you might even see a steam train pass.  Be sure to wave at the passengers.  Take in the breath-taking coastline, with views out across Torbay, along one of the best Brixham walks.


This walk is usually started at Broadsands, but if you are staying in Brixham there is no reason why it cannot be started at Fiscombe Beach.  This is a circular walk with one half following the coast path and the other through the woods and lanes of the John Musgrave Trail.  If you fall in love with the coastline like we have, then feel free to just walk back along the coast path the way you came.  Head up to the campsite and onto the track signposted for Broadsands and Elberry Cove.  Follow the rocky path down to Churston Cove and the steep steps out and along the path until you reach Elberry Cove.  From here walk across the beach and across the field until you reach the car park.  From here climb Elberry Lane until you reach the footpath through the golf course.  From here follow the John Musgrave Trail until you are back to the Cove.

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