Brixham is a wholesome fishing town a stone throws away from Torquay. Built around the harbour, Brixham is a town full of heritage and places to explore, especially during the summer months. I found myself there last June and discovered what this cute coastal town has to offer.
You have two options for getting there, both of which begin with a train from Exeter to Torquay. This journey takes around 45 minutes and costs, according to Trainline, £8.40 for an open return (not including railcard discounts), giving you that flexibility for your day out. I began my trip by walking around the town of Torquay, along the sea front and down the High Street, to kill time waiting for the bus to arrive. Dependent on the weather, you have the option of either travelling onto Brixham by boat or by bus. For my day trip, the wind unfortunately meant that the ferry along the coastline was not running and we payed around £5 return for the bus to Brixham. This will more than likely be the case during the winter months but, regardless, with under £15 spent on travel, you’ve got an affordable and easily accessible day trip.
The bus dropped us off right beside the harbour in the very centre of this fishing village. We were met instantly by colourful houses and beautiful views from the waterfront promenade; Brixham is a a quintessential fishing town of the South West coast. A pirate ship was the first thing that caught my eye in the harbour. It is not your typical Pirate Ship with skull and cross bones but is colourful and fits the aesthetics of the town. Brixham has a history of pirates and smugglers so if this is something that interests you, the heritage is kept alive within the attractions of the town, including the free-to-enter Brixham Heritage Museum. My journey around the harbour however, didn’t take us to the museum but instead to a local bakery. We sat looking out onto the marina, admiring the Mayflower Garden Anchor whilst tucking in to delicious Cornish pasties for our lunch.
I would recommend heading a little further out of the town towards Berry Head. This is not a long walk but is rather hilly – in typical Devon fashion. Berry Head is a National Nature Reserve which is home to almost 20 acres of woodland to explore. My group headed out of the woods and onto the cliffs where there is incredible views across the sea. Here you can also see the lighthouse, and though not as impressive in appearance as the one found on Plymouth Hoe, this lighthouse was built in 1906 and remains active today.
If you prefer swimming to walking, there are many small coves nearby that are perfect for just that. Although it was a little too cold for me to want to swim during my day out, we wandered along the South West Coast Path and came across Fishcombe Cove, Churston Cove and Elberry Cove all of which would be perfect for a swim. Heading back to the bus, we walked amongst the small streets, lined with cottages and views that we were sad to leave behind.
The options within Brixham are endless. I had a lovely day exploring this spot of heritage, a real gem just along the coastline.
– Amie Greenhalgh
Featured Image Source: Brixham Harbour // Amie Greenhalgh