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Torbay Coastline

If you are staying in a Holiday Park in Torbay or Brixham and feeling active why not take the chance to explore this coastline in more detail. South Devon has one of the finest stretches of coast line in the country. The coast is south facing and sheltered from the prevailing winds by Dartmoor. This means it often has great weather and is the reason the area has been dubbed the ‘English Riviera’.

Following the coast path leads you through quaint villages and resort towns, with amble opportunity for refreshment. And with award winning beaches, the views are never less than stunning. This walk takes you through both sides of the area’s character. The first half is rural in nature, with some sections of the path feeling quite remote. The second half takes you through the big resort of Torquay and has a more built-up ‘bucket & spade’ style of scenery.

Start by taking the bus to Maidencombe via Torquay. You are now 14 miles from the end of the walk and a well deserved drink! Follow the coast path to Torquay. This will take you above and around the small coves, notorious for their use by smugglers to land their contraband. As you head through Babbacombe you will pass by the world famous model village, which is well worth a visit.

From here head around Hope’s Nose, a popular Victorian bathing spot and continue onto Anstey’s Cove. Here a system of tunnels and caves are open for visiting. Visitors before you include sabre-tooth tigers and woolly mammoths who made this area their home in prehistoric times. Follow on to Meadfoot beach then join Rock End walk to descend into Torquay for lunch.

Torquay is the half-way point and is a grand resort town to visit when on a Devon Holiday that retains much of it’s elegance. As you walk along the beach promenade there is amble opportunity to enjoy the splendour of the stucco-houses and mature palm-trees. At the end of the promenade follow the sea front road to Paignton and onto Goodrington, well known for it’s extensive gardens. Follow the path next to the Paignton to Dartmouth railway and follow it’s course to Torbay’s southern cliffs. A short climb over the cliffs takes you down into Brixham, a historic fishing town with a lovely marina.

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