Berry Head Map

1. Main car park & Toilets

Visitor Centre & main car park

Plenty of parking including 4 disabled wide bays.

Toilets open during office hours 8:30am - 4pm Mon - Fri, 9am - 4pm Sat & Sun.

2. Southern Fort

Southern Fort

Details coming soon.

3. Northern Fort

Northern Fort

Details coming soon.

4. Visitor Centre & Café


Staffed by volunteers the visitor centre features dislays about the headland, its wildlife and history. There are children's activities, films and trails. 

The Guardhouse Cafe is open everyday (9am - 5pm). The friendly cafe is a welcoming pit stop whether you have been enjoying the history, wildlife or just walking and relaxing with friends and family. A warm, smiling welcome is gaurenteed. GOLD winners in the 2015 Devon Tourism Awards in 'best cafe/tearoom' category.

5. Artillery Store

Artillery Store

This building used to house the armaments for the 12 42-pounder canons once located at the end of the headland. Now it houses the 'Bat Beacon' an visitor information centre about the greater horseshoe bat. Find out about this wonderful creature, one of the UK's largest bat species which is resident here on the reserve. There is also information on other species that can be seen here at Berry Head. Open when the main visitor centre is open during the summer. Used for wildlife events, talks and meetings by the Trust and local community groups.

For information on the Devon Greater Horseshoe Project

6. Lighthouse


Lighting the way for sailors since 1906. This still active lighthouse can be seen for 19nmiles and holds a number of records; The shortest and highest light house in Great Britain at only 5m tall but 58m above sea level. It also used to be the deepest as prior to an electric motor being installed the light was turned by a weight falling down a 45m shaft.

7. Quarry

Whilst quarrying had taken place here at Berry Head for well over 300 years, it was in its hayday in the 1950's and 1960's. It had stopped prior to the land being transfered to Torbay Council in 1979.  The area is now a secluded place for wildflowers, insects and birds. Look out for migrating birds here in the early spring and late autumn with sparrowhawks predating on these weary travellers. Occasional peregrines with newly fledged young wheeling above in early july. If very lucky maybe a glimpse of an adder basking in early morning summer sun.

8. Bird Hide

Bird Hide

The perfect place to see the spectacle of the guillemot colony but not just guillemots; fulmars, kittiwakes, shags, herring and great black-backed gulls can be seen too. In the summer also look to the scrub below for cirl buntings and whitethroats.

Open everyday.

9. Coast Path

Coast Path

The South-West Coast Path runs through Berry Head National Nature Reserve coming south from St Mary's Bay and Sharkham Point then leaving north west to head back to Brixham harbour 

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