Brixham Devon it the destination for this weeks Virtual Grand Day Out….best we can do with the current restrictions, even though they are easing.
Brixham is a traditional Fishing Harbour and once a Port for sailing ships of old. Nestling under the protection of the high cliffs of Berry Head, on the wester edge of Torbay, with easy access to the English Channel.
Original Fisherman’s cottages cling to the hillside above the harbour . Fishing was the main stay industry for Brixham and still plays an important role today. It is though Tourism that has overtaken it in importance for the town. So be prepared for a busy harbour side and crowded narrow streets, but that all adds to the atmosphere.
A replica of Drakes Golden Hind is a prominent permanent feature of the harbour. Elsewhere modern Marinas are home for todays Maritime play folk. Then if you want to get away to a more peaceful space to take in the views over the town and bay, then head for Berry Head.
So here is a quick tour of Brixham and Berry Head. Boats cram the harbour, which seems crowded in by houses and dominated by the high tower of All Saints Church. Don’t miss the lighthouse on the Head, no need for a tower on this high point above the channel. The Cliff Top Fortifications are vanishing into the surrounds, built between 1794 & 1804 as defences against a possible French Invasion.
Lots to see but also take the time to just sit and take in the view…
We will be able to plan again….one day.
Please Remember ….
Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other
(C) David Oakes 2020