Discover 400 million years of history and take in some of Torbay’s finest coastal views at Berry Head Nature Reserve. Berry Head National Nature Reserve is a south Devon heritage site, and not only is it recognised for its geological significance but visitors can still see and enter some of its other historical points. Berry Head juts out at the most southern tip of Torbay, providing shelter with its sweeping cliffs and a fab vantage point to look out to sea.
With 400 million year old (yes, 400 million!) limestone at its centre, the nature reserve was quarried for many years and it’s now a peaceful home to many species of wildlife, the marks of its history and a modern day lighthouse. Fringed by cliffs of up to 200 feet this is the place to come for panoramic coastal views that will leave you speechless. The reserve is home to, all kinds of wildlife, and look out for the defences used in the Napoleonic war.
The Guardhouse Cafe is housed in a building designed to show off the views, and the Visitor Centre will teach you everything you need to know about the history of the area before you head out and explore for yourselves. The site is still used to host Napoleonic re-enactments sometimes, and if you stand still for a moment it’s easy to imagine the soldiers walking the ramparts more than two centuries ago. Oh, and the lighthouse is said to be England’s shortest!
Berry Head NNR, Gillard Road, Brixham, TQ5 9AP