By Chris & Bridget Bowring, owners of The Quayside Hotel.
A lovely day for a walk, trainers on and off we go!
First down to the Harbour, past the walkers with their dogs, the sitters on the seats and the crabbers leaning over the wall. Down below the lads are enthusiastically paddling their canoes and across the Harbour a queue is forming for the ferries to Torquay, (£2 return!) Past the smart Marine town-houses and on to the Marina. Lovely – boats bobbing and clanging and the Heritage Trawlers looking impressive. Brixham had 300 such Trawlers at their height around the early 1900 ‘s, what a sight that must have been!
Now at the pebbly beach and can smell the seaweed! Children clambering over the rocks and paddling in the sea. Divers emerging from the waters and disappearing again. The sea crystal clear and inviting.
Over the beach and up the steps, always an effort! At the top – along the road, down to the coastal path, past the outdoor Shoalstone pool now saved and open, and onwards past the Fishermans cottages and around to the path leading up to the Berry Head. Through the gate, more steps and an upward path through a shady wood to the top. Then a welcome seat and a breathtaking view, all worth the effort!
Looking across to Torquay, trying to name the landmarks and admiring the array of boats in the bay, Merchant vessals anchored, motor boats trundling to Dartmouth and little sailing boats concentrating on their race. And on the waves the red bobbing bouys marking the lobster and crab pots beneath.
Rest over, now to the Guard House! A visitor centre with lots of facts on the Berry Head 400 million years in the making! A brilliant cafe welcoming all including happy dogs. Finally a trip to the Guillemots viewing centre before our return, now down hill and just as beautiful!