Spectacular views from Buccaneer's Way walk

Torbay Weekly

Like the recently featured Blackbeard's Trail, Brixham’s Buccaneer’s Way begins and ends at King Billy's statue on the quayside but explores the opposite side of the harbour.

Take the narrow New Quay Lane to King Street and ahead of you is the distinctive Coffin House.

According to local legend a father disapproved so strongly of the young man wishing to marry his daughter that he said he’d rather see her in a coffin first, so the young man built the house in the shape of a coffin, the couple married and lived there happily ever after!

Walk downhill and turn left into Fore Street. The main shopping area is buzzing with tourists at this time of year and presents a colourful scene with its floral displays, pavement cafes and street entertainers.

At the top of Fore Street is Bolton Cross with the town hall, opened in 1866, on the corner.

It houses the theatre and older readers - and Everton fans - will be familiar with the TV series ‘Z Cars’  which starred John Slater who had a long association with productions here.

Turn left along Bolton Street to Mount Pleasant Road where you will begin a steady climb, passing 107 which marks the entrance to Brixham Cavern, closed to the public in 1977.

The caves, 135ft long from north to south, were discovered by a workman retrieving from a tool down a fissure in the rock.

Continue to North View Road with splendid views over the harbour and take Ranscombe Steps to descend into Ranscombe Road, turning left to pick up Berry Head Road.

Turn right, passing Grenville House Outdoor Activity Centre, formerly the British Seamen’s Boys' Home whose band performed at Torquay United’s home matches through the 1950s and 1960s.

Just past the war memorial, take the road to the left which emerges at Breakwater Hard and it's worth sparing time to take a stroll past the lifeboat station to Breakwater Beach and its excellent cafe.

The walk back to the statue along the 3,000ft-long Breakwater is a delight with its eye-catching landscaping provided by the Pride in Brixham group and views across the harbour to the fish market and beyond.

The walk is about two miles long and to get the most from it you need to download the Buccaneer’s Way  guide from the Torbay Council website.

To keep younger walkers entertained there is a checklist to spot 11 tiled name signs along the way.