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Dog walking in Devon on Berry Head

You might not think you could get up close to a lighthouse, 500ft above sea level every day, but at Berry Head in Brixham that’s exactly what you can do. Berry Head lighthouse is within the historical ruins of a most impressive fortress, which has survived from the time of the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars. Built in 1906 and part of a chain of south coast beacons, it is enclosed behind iron railings, which only partly extend along the cliff top. I wouldn’t recommend ball throwing here, unless you want your dog to go for a very long sky dive and swim...

There is some fabulous scenery to be taken in and today is a beautiful day. I can see all around the coast, taking in East Budleigh, Exmouth, Sidmouth, and Lyme Regis, right round to Portland Bill. In the other direction, and just a few nautical miles away, is the entrance to the River Dart. There are a whole host of walks here around the stunning headland, with plenty of room for ball throwing and running about, which also allows you to take in an awesome 800 square miles of sea view.

Fortress on the cliffs at Berry Head

It is dog heaven – in a metaphorical sense. Yes, we are talking rabbits, dog walkers, bird watchers, picnic lovers, historical researchers; and of course not forgetting the Guardhouse Cafe, on the Berry Head Nature Reserve, which serves up delicious breakfasts, lunches, and munches, from dawn ‘til  - quite late! It is very dog-friendly – there are four bowls of fresh drinking water outside, plus they give away little dog treats. There are tables outside the cafe if you want to lap up the sunshine al fresco, or plenty of tables inside, and a children’s play-area. If that’s not enough, there is also a bird hide just across the way from the cafe, which allows you to take some terrific photographs.

There are a few things to be wary of - the cliff edge, sheer drops, the dyke surrounding part of the fortification, and a couple of metal grids across the  path, however, access is provided by side gates. I saw a dog stop at the edge of the grid, but I had the feeling Bailey wouldn’t be that sensible...

Car parking is easy, however it can get very busy on bank holidays and during the summer months, but it is well worth getting there early. There is so much to see, and there is a nature trail to follow and guide maps along the way. Toilet facilities are situated at the entrance to the car park.

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