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brixham-marina Brixham Fishing Inner Harbour- boats always built and todays fishing industry began in medieval times. Narrow streets, inns, art galleries, craft shops, a friendly and relaxed atmosphere today. In 1688 William of Orange landed here to take the crown of England, marked by a statue in the Harbour. Up until the 1920's the port of Brixham had a thriving wooden sailing trawler fleet with hundreds of boats. putting to sea on an outgoing tide their distinctive red brown sails unfurled to catch the wind.. . Today Brixham is still at the forefront of Britain's Fishing Industry, sheltered by walls of the Outer Harbour, providing a safe anchor for the yachts in the marina. Oxen Cove popular launch point for dinghy's and a pleasant walk from the harbour.

beam-trawlers Brixham Heritage Museum provides a fascinating insight into life a hundred years ago or more, with a superb collection of old photographs as well as exhibits on trawling and associated industries such as boat building, chandlery and cooperage maritime trading. Admire the distinctive shape of Ye Olde Coffin House , now an antique shop.

golden-hinde In Season why not take a boat trip to nearby Dartmouth aboard the Brixham Belle or across Tor Bay to Torquay or Paignton or take a Evening Illumination Cruise ? Alongside the Quay is the Golden Hind a full size replica the ship that of Sir Francis Drake's sailed around the World in the late 16th century. Admission charge payable Fancy a walk, Berry Head with its Napoleonic Fort on a clear day offers good views up and down the Coast.

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Berry Head, berry-head now famous for its flora and fauna , particularly its colonies of guillemots and kittiwakes, In the 19th century its Napoleonic Fort played a key role in the defence of the Country when France had declared war on England and it was feared Napoleon was about to invade. In the Museum there are rifle bullets, found by builders, from the 1850s target practice. Berry Head was also where the Reverand Henry Francis Lyte, who wrote the hymn 'Abide with me' amongst others-the bells of All Saints Church ring out to the tune to this day.

coleton-fishacre Coleton Fishacre a few miles along the coast is this real gem of a gentlemen's residence with a sun trap of a garden.

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