Thursday, 10 April 2014

Bliss - Brixham again

Looking across Torbay from Berry Head
We were hoping this week would bring good weather - and it delivered. Today, now that the coastal railway's running again, we made the planned return visit to Brixham.

From Topsham, it's very easy: the hourly straight-through train to Paignton, and cross the road to the bus for Brixham. We went in December: see To Brixham. But this time, on a brighter longer day, we did the easy walk to Berry Head: you follow the quayside walk on the south side of Brixham Harbour as far as the marina, then follow the well-signposted road and path up to the flat-topped limestone promontory of Berry Head, with its fortifications and lighthouse. Starting from the harbour bus stop at Brixham, it's about 3.5 miles there and back.

I'll fill in more details later.  I particularly wanted a pleasant day's outing to set me up for tomorrow, when I have the unpleasant chore of starting chemotherapy again - and I feel very well set up. Enjoy the pictures meanwhile.

 Heading through Dawlish (pardon the murky image): the 'Orange Army' are still at work.

Brixham breakwater
Brixham breakwater
looking east to Berry Head fortifications

Inside the fortifications: the building at right is a cafe
Looking SW from Berry Head Fort - this was quite noisy; the cliffs
(centre) are stiff with seabirds perching on the limestone ledges.
Too far for a clear shot, but you get the idea
Bery Head lighthouse and radio beacon

Looking down to the former quarries

Brixham: the Jabba the Hutt of pigeons
The Clerk rock, approaching the Parson's Tunnel on the way home

Here's a map ...

... and check out the Torbay Coast & Countryside Trust's Berry Head website.

 - Ray

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