Guillemots at Berry Head — Birdwatching by bike in Devon
Bike Touring Highlight (Segment)
Bike Touring Highlight
Katherine Moore planned a bike ride.
October 12, 2020
Would you like to meet the south coast’s largest breeding colony of guillemots? Berry Head National Nature Reserve’s high cliffs are well-known for these charismatic sea birds which number around 1,400 over the season. But, you also might see cirl buntings, razorbills, sparrowhawks and even eider ducks too!Time your visit between October and July for a chance of seeing the Guillemot colony.This Tour is an easily accessible loop from Newton Abbot train station. It takes in some spectacular coastal views as you make your way along the English Riviera from Torquay to Paignton and then Berry Head at Brixham, home to one of the largest fishing fleets in the UK.Isham Marine Drive is bound to be a highlight as you ride through Torquay, with wonderful seascapes out to Thatcher’s Rock and the English Channel beyond. If you’re looking for a relatively flat Tour, this coastal cycle won’t be the one for you. With 3,117 feet (950 m) of relentless hills, make sure you pack your climbing legs! The second half of the Tour, after you’ve jollied down the coast and marveled at the guillemots at Berry Head, takes you inland on much quieter lanes. You’ll skirt around the charming town of Totnes, which could make a great detour, before heading north through Ipplepen to complete the loop back to Newton Abbot.
October 16, 2020