Breakwater Beach

Breakwater Beach

  • Rock pools
  • Good diving
  • Close to Brixham harbour
  • Highest Blue Flag rating

Breakwater is a small shingle beach adjacent to picturesque Brixham harbour. It has easy disabled access with adequate parking at the back of the beach, close to the main facilities associated with a large town resort.

The shingle beach is located near the Torbay Lifeboat Station and is popular with divers, the lovely pale turquoise water is also great for swimming in the summer and has the highest Blue Flag rating. Numerous rock pools at low tide make it perfect for exploring with a bucket and net.

Beach facilities include toilets, refreshments, beach shop and life saving equipment. There is also an open-air swimming pool at the nearby Shoalstone Beach.

Brixham is hilly, and built around the harbour which remains in use as a dock for fishing trawlers. It has a focal tourist attraction in the replica of Sir Francis Drake´s ship the Golden Hind that is permanently moored there.

In the Middle Ages, Brixham was the largest fishing port in the south west of England. Its boats helped to establish the fishing industries of Hull, Grimsby and Lowestoft. In the 1890s there were about 300 trawling vessels in Brixham, most individually owned. The trawlers can still be seen coming in and out of the harbour, followed by flocks of seagulls. The fish market is open to the public on two special days in the summer, when the finer points of catching and cooking fish are explained. So after day on Breakwater Beach you can enjoy a lovely fresh fish supper while watching the sun go down.

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