Brixham Breakwater Walk 

Brixham Breakwater Walk with lighthouse at the end of the pier

The Brixham breakwater is a popular, gentle walk with panoramic views of Torbay which is open all year round. Stretching for half a mile out to sea, the breakwater protects Brixham’s harbour from the ever-changing weather. 

Situated in the town of Brixham in South Devon, England, the breakwater was built to provide shelter to the boats mooring at the port, and the fishing vessels. 

It’s a lovely walk to admire the views of Torbay, where you can see Torquay right across the bay.

Not only for walkers, but the Breakwater is also a great place for a spot of fishing. You can fish on both sides of the breakwater, on the open water side, and into the harbour. 

There’s also plenty of wildlife you may spot, such as seals, which have become a popular tourist attraction in Brixham. 

The Torbay Seal Project has been set up to monitor and protect the growing number of seals, which has seen a growing number in recent years. 

Breakwater Beach in Brixham, Near Torquay, Torbay, South Devon

History of Brixham Breakwater & Lighthouse

Work began in 1843, designed by local civil engineer James Meadows Rendel, and was completed in 1916 when the lighthouse was installed at the end of the structure. 

To the left of the pier, you’ll find Brixham’s harbour and to the right, you’ll find Breakwater Beach which has won many awards, including the Breakwater Beach Blue Flag.

Toilets, Parking & Refreshments

Toilets and a car park sit at the beginning of the breakwater, and a cafe provides food and drinks. 

FAQ about Brixham Breakwater

How long is the Breakwater at Brixham?

Brixham’s breakwater stretches half a mile out to sea. 

When was Brixham Breakwater built?

The breakwater began construction in 1842 and was completed in 1916. 

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