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Making the most of your stay in The English Riviera

Sarah

Making the most of your stay in The English Riviera

The English Riviera Resorts
Torquay is a traditional seaside resort with a sandy beach, harbour and international Marina. There is an array of eateries ranging from the top Michelin star restaurant, The Elephant, to a number of cafes and bars around the harbour. The town boasts some beautiful views and wonderful walks along the South West Coast Path.
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Torquay
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Torquay is a traditional seaside resort with a sandy beach, harbour and international Marina. There is an array of eateries ranging from the top Michelin star restaurant, The Elephant, to a number of cafes and bars around the harbour. The town boasts some beautiful views and wonderful walks along the South West Coast Path.
Paignton offers a long stretch of sandy beach with a promenade, traditional pier and green (which is often home to different events throughout the year). The town centre is just a short walk from the beachfront and offers a mix of traditional seaside shops, amusement arcades and some well known brands. In the older part of the town you will find the working harbour alongside a number of restaurants and cafes where you can sample some of the famous local fish.
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Paignton
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Paignton offers a long stretch of sandy beach with a promenade, traditional pier and green (which is often home to different events throughout the year). The town centre is just a short walk from the beachfront and offers a mix of traditional seaside shops, amusement arcades and some well known brands. In the older part of the town you will find the working harbour alongside a number of restaurants and cafes where you can sample some of the famous local fish.
Brixham, the fishing town of the English Riviera, is centred around the busy harbour and the famous Brixham Fish Market. The town also boasts a busy marina with a half mile long breakwater and lighthouse. On the coastline you can also find Shoalstone pool, a seawater lido popular with locals and holidaymakers alike.
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Brixham
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Brixham, the fishing town of the English Riviera, is centred around the busy harbour and the famous Brixham Fish Market. The town also boasts a busy marina with a half mile long breakwater and lighthouse. On the coastline you can also find Shoalstone pool, a seawater lido popular with locals and holidaymakers alike.
Babbacombe is much smaller than Torquay, Brixham or Paignton but it is a beautiful part of the Bay which offers great beaches, outstanding views and coastal walks, the renowned gardens at Babbacombe Downs and many eateries offering a range of foods.
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Babbacombe
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Babbacombe is much smaller than Torquay, Brixham or Paignton but it is a beautiful part of the Bay which offers great beaches, outstanding views and coastal walks, the renowned gardens at Babbacombe Downs and many eateries offering a range of foods.
Attractions close to the Apartment
www.babbacombecliffrailway.co.uk Approximately 5 minute drive or 30 minute walk from the apartment, Babbacombe Downs has the highest cliff top promenade in England, and on a clear day you can see right across Lyme Bay to Portland Bill in Dorset. The cliff promenade offers a beautiful place for a walk with plenty of open green space, seating and vantage points. The Cliff Railway is situated on the Babbacombe Downs and has been in operation since 1926, shuttling locals and holidaymakers down to the beautiful Oddicombe beach below.
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Babbacombe Cliff Railway
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www.babbacombecliffrailway.co.uk Approximately 5 minute drive or 30 minute walk from the apartment, Babbacombe Downs has the highest cliff top promenade in England, and on a clear day you can see right across Lyme Bay to Portland Bill in Dorset. The cliff promenade offers a beautiful place for a walk with plenty of open green space, seating and vantage points. The Cliff Railway is situated on the Babbacombe Downs and has been in operation since 1926, shuttling locals and holidaymakers down to the beautiful Oddicombe beach below.
www.model-village.co.uk Approximately a 5 minute drive or 30 minute walk from the apartment. Beautiful miniature landscaped gardens, village and railway. Offers something for all the family whatever the age. During certain times of the year the village also offers after dark experiences with the village illuminated by an array of lights.
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Babbacombe Model Village
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www.model-village.co.uk Approximately a 5 minute drive or 30 minute walk from the apartment. Beautiful miniature landscaped gardens, village and railway. Offers something for all the family whatever the age. During certain times of the year the village also offers after dark experiences with the village illuminated by an array of lights.
www.cockingtoncourt.org Approximately a 10 minute drive form the apartment, Cockington features a traditional Devon village with picturesque thatched cottages, a contemporary craft centre featuring local artists and the beautiful Cockington Court with its gardens and lakes to explore.
Cockington Country Park
www.cockingtoncourt.org Approximately a 10 minute drive form the apartment, Cockington features a traditional Devon village with picturesque thatched cottages, a contemporary craft centre featuring local artists and the beautiful Cockington Court with its gardens and lakes to explore.
www.kents-cavern.co.uk Approximately a 15 minutes walk from the apartment, Kents Cavern is one of the most important Stone Age sites in Europe and one of Britain's best showcaves! On your visit you'll go back to a time when the cave was home to ancient humans, sheltering from extreme weather, making fires, shaping tools and hunting Ice Age animals. As you walk through the extensive labyrinth of caverns, you'll be surrounded by 400 million year old rocks and spectacular stalagmites and stalactites. All tours around the caves are guided.
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Kents Cavern
91 Ilsham Rd
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www.kents-cavern.co.uk Approximately a 15 minutes walk from the apartment, Kents Cavern is one of the most important Stone Age sites in Europe and one of Britain's best showcaves! On your visit you'll go back to a time when the cave was home to ancient humans, sheltering from extreme weather, making fires, shaping tools and hunting Ice Age animals. As you walk through the extensive labyrinth of caverns, you'll be surrounded by 400 million year old rocks and spectacular stalagmites and stalactites. All tours around the caves are guided.
www.torquaymuseum.org Approximately a 15 minute walk from the apartment. Travel back through 400 million years of time at Torquay Museum – a hands-on family-friendly visitor attraction, with lots to see and do for children and adults alike. A wide variety of exhibitions are hosted throughout the year by the Museum, from child-friendly summer blockbusters to fascinating exhibitions about South Devon’s amazing archaeology, geology and people. Includes Britain’s only Agatha Christie gallery which is dedicated to the Queen of Crime. The mummified body of a young boy from around 600 BC (part of the Egyptian Collection at the Museum)
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Torquay Museum
529 Babbacombe Rd
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www.torquaymuseum.org Approximately a 15 minute walk from the apartment. Travel back through 400 million years of time at Torquay Museum – a hands-on family-friendly visitor attraction, with lots to see and do for children and adults alike. A wide variety of exhibitions are hosted throughout the year by the Museum, from child-friendly summer blockbusters to fascinating exhibitions about South Devon’s amazing archaeology, geology and people. Includes Britain’s only Agatha Christie gallery which is dedicated to the Queen of Crime. The mummified body of a young boy from around 600 BC (part of the Egyptian Collection at the Museum)
www.torre-abbey.org.uk Approximately a 5 minute drive from the apartment. Established in 1196, Torre Abbey is a museum of history and art housed in an Ancient Scheduled Monument with beautiful and award winning gardens. The Abbey is a centre for creativity and culture - with a seasonal programme of exhibitions, events and activities across visual arts, history and live performance.
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Torre Abbey Museum
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www.torre-abbey.org.uk Approximately a 5 minute drive from the apartment. Established in 1196, Torre Abbey is a museum of history and art housed in an Ancient Scheduled Monument with beautiful and award winning gardens. The Abbey is a centre for creativity and culture - with a seasonal programme of exhibitions, events and activities across visual arts, history and live performance.
www.torquay.wesuphq.com Approximately a 15 minute walk from the apartment, the ideal place if you are keen on watersports and fancy enjoying the delights of the Riviera by Paddleboard. WeSup Torquay is a stand up paddle board activity centre and harbourside coffee house with an enviable position. Both tuition and guided tours are available.
Wesup Paddle Boarding & Coffee House
www.torquay.wesuphq.com Approximately a 15 minute walk from the apartment, the ideal place if you are keen on watersports and fancy enjoying the delights of the Riviera by Paddleboard. WeSup Torquay is a stand up paddle board activity centre and harbourside coffee house with an enviable position. Both tuition and guided tours are available.
Attractions further afield
www.countryside-trust.org.uk/explore/berry-head Approximately a 30 minute drive from the apartment, Berryhead is a national nature reserve with an iconic lighthouse and Napoleonic Fort. The reserve offers a range of superb coastal walks and the visitor centre can provide further information about the sites history.
Berry Head
www.countryside-trust.org.uk/explore/berry-head Approximately a 30 minute drive from the apartment, Berryhead is a national nature reserve with an iconic lighthouse and Napoleonic Fort. The reserve offers a range of superb coastal walks and the visitor centre can provide further information about the sites history.
www.dartmoor.gov.uk Approximately a 1 hour drive from the apartment. We are very lucky to also have the beautiful Dartmoor National Park on our doorstep. The park covers 368 square miles and offers everything from hidden villages, granite tors, heather covered moorland and wooded river valleys. Across the park there are a number of visitor centres which offer information on how best to see the park but also local historic information. Seeing the park can be done on foot, by bike and there are also a number of visitor attractions across the park which is worth visiting. Please refer to the Dartmoor National Park website to plan your visit
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National Park Visitor Centre Haytor
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www.dartmoor.gov.uk Approximately a 1 hour drive from the apartment. We are very lucky to also have the beautiful Dartmoor National Park on our doorstep. The park covers 368 square miles and offers everything from hidden villages, granite tors, heather covered moorland and wooded river valleys. Across the park there are a number of visitor centres which offer information on how best to see the park but also local historic information. Seeing the park can be done on foot, by bike and there are also a number of visitor attractions across the park which is worth visiting. Please refer to the Dartmoor National Park website to plan your visit
www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/dartmouth-castle Approximately a 1 hour drive from the apartment, Dartmouth is a great day out. You can get there by car but there is also a Round Robin Trip combining steam train and boat to see the best Dartmouth has to offer. The Castle, although a ruin, offers some beautiful views and a chance to learn about some of the history. Throughout the year there are various events and festivals held in Dartmouth.
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Dartmouth Castle
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www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/dartmouth-castle Approximately a 1 hour drive from the apartment, Dartmouth is a great day out. You can get there by car but there is also a Round Robin Trip combining steam train and boat to see the best Dartmouth has to offer. The Castle, although a ruin, offers some beautiful views and a chance to learn about some of the history. Throughout the year there are various events and festivals held in Dartmouth.
www.nationaltrust.org.uk/greenway Approximately a 45 minute drive from the apartment, the beloved holiday home of the famous and much-loved author Agatha Christie and her family. The relaxed and atmospheric house is set in the 1950s, when Agatha and her family would spend summers and Christmases here with friends, relaxing by the river, playing croquet and clock golf, and reading her latest mystery to their guests. The family were great collectors, and the house is filled with archaeology, Tunbridgeware, silver, botanical china and books. In the garden a large and romantic woodland drifts down the hillside towards the Dart estuary. The walled gardens are home to a restored peach house and vinery, as well as an allotment cared for by local school children. A visit to Greenway isn't complete without seeing the Boathouse, scene of the crime in 'Dead Man’s Folly', and the battery complete with cannon.
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Greenway House
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www.nationaltrust.org.uk/greenway Approximately a 45 minute drive from the apartment, the beloved holiday home of the famous and much-loved author Agatha Christie and her family. The relaxed and atmospheric house is set in the 1950s, when Agatha and her family would spend summers and Christmases here with friends, relaxing by the river, playing croquet and clock golf, and reading her latest mystery to their guests. The family were great collectors, and the house is filled with archaeology, Tunbridgeware, silver, botanical china and books. In the garden a large and romantic woodland drifts down the hillside towards the Dart estuary. The walled gardens are home to a restored peach house and vinery, as well as an allotment cared for by local school children. A visit to Greenway isn't complete without seeing the Boathouse, scene of the crime in 'Dead Man’s Folly', and the battery complete with cannon.
www.forestryengland.uk/haldon-forest-park Approximately a 25 minute drive from the apartment you will find Haldon Forest. Part of Forestry England, the forest has 3500 acres of woodland. There are a number of walks marked out as well as cycle hire facility (and cycle trails for beginners through to expert) and Segway tours. Next to the car park there is also a cafe although this does get extremely busy during peak times.
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Haldon Forest Park - Forestry England
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www.forestryengland.uk/haldon-forest-park Approximately a 25 minute drive from the apartment you will find Haldon Forest. Part of Forestry England, the forest has 3500 acres of woodland. There are a number of walks marked out as well as cycle hire facility (and cycle trails for beginners through to expert) and Segway tours. Next to the car park there is also a cafe although this does get extremely busy during peak times.
www.paigntonzoo.org.uk Approximately a 20 minute drive from the apartment, Paignton Zoo is a beautiful zoo in spacious settings. There are a wide range of animals to discover including gorillas, orangutans, lions, giraffes and tigers and a number of indoor areas including a crocodile swamp and a reptile house.
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Paignton Zoo Environmental Park
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www.paigntonzoo.org.uk Approximately a 20 minute drive from the apartment, Paignton Zoo is a beautiful zoo in spacious settings. There are a wide range of animals to discover including gorillas, orangutans, lions, giraffes and tigers and a number of indoor areas including a crocodile swamp and a reptile house.
Our Top 5 favourite beaches
Approximately a 30 minute drive from the apartment, a bit further afield between Paignton and Brixham you will find the beautiful Broadsands beach. This beach is often a bit quieter than the main beaches in Torquay and Paignton and is surrounded by beautiful rural landscape. If you follow the signs up over the grassland to the right of the bay you will also discover Elberry Cove, a small shingle bay with an interesting ruin of an old bathing house.
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Broadsands Beach
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Approximately a 30 minute drive from the apartment, a bit further afield between Paignton and Brixham you will find the beautiful Broadsands beach. This beach is often a bit quieter than the main beaches in Torquay and Paignton and is surrounded by beautiful rural landscape. If you follow the signs up over the grassland to the right of the bay you will also discover Elberry Cove, a small shingle bay with an interesting ruin of an old bathing house.
Approximately a 20 minute drive from the apartment, this is probably our favourite sandy beach in the Bay. There is plenty of space for beach games, enjoying the rock pools at low tide and for having a paddle in the sea. During the summer months there is also a watersports hire centre on the beach offering kayaks and paddleboarding by the hour. Another bonus to this beach is the green on the other side of the beach and the Inn on the Quay and Cantina offering food and drink choices to enjoy either inside or out.
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Goodrington Sands
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Approximately a 20 minute drive from the apartment, this is probably our favourite sandy beach in the Bay. There is plenty of space for beach games, enjoying the rock pools at low tide and for having a paddle in the sea. During the summer months there is also a watersports hire centre on the beach offering kayaks and paddleboarding by the hour. Another bonus to this beach is the green on the other side of the beach and the Inn on the Quay and Cantina offering food and drink choices to enjoy either inside or out.
A 15 minute walk from our apartment, our closest beach offers a great place to spend many an hour, whatever the season. The beach is a shingle mix beach with plenty of pebbles and shells to discover. At low tide there are plenty of rockpool opportunities and the views out to sea and across the Bay are always special, whatever the weather. The beach is popular for paddle boarding and kayaking and you will also find a cafe serving a range of food, drinks and ice-creams.
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Meadfoot Beach
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A 15 minute walk from our apartment, our closest beach offers a great place to spend many an hour, whatever the season. The beach is a shingle mix beach with plenty of pebbles and shells to discover. At low tide there are plenty of rockpool opportunities and the views out to sea and across the Bay are always special, whatever the weather. The beach is popular for paddle boarding and kayaking and you will also find a cafe serving a range of food, drinks and ice-creams.
A 10 minute drive (45 minute walk) from the apartment, Oddicombe Beach is below the Babbacombe Downs with access via a steep road or the cliff railway. The beach itself is a mixture of sand and shingle but offers a relaxing spot for all ages. The beach is also a popular spot for watersports. The Three Degrees West restaurant sits on the edge of the beach offering a variety of food and drink in a beautiful setting.
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Oddicombe Beach
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A 10 minute drive (45 minute walk) from the apartment, Oddicombe Beach is below the Babbacombe Downs with access via a steep road or the cliff railway. The beach itself is a mixture of sand and shingle but offers a relaxing spot for all ages. The beach is also a popular spot for watersports. The Three Degrees West restaurant sits on the edge of the beach offering a variety of food and drink in a beautiful setting.
A 30 minute walk from the apartment, this is the main beach in Torquay and is an expanse of sand below the main promenade. Popular with both locals and holidaymakers it offers a great spot to enjoy the sunshine and to enjoy a paddle in the sea.
Torre Abbey Sands
A 30 minute walk from the apartment, this is the main beach in Torquay and is an expanse of sand below the main promenade. Popular with both locals and holidaymakers it offers a great spot to enjoy the sunshine and to enjoy a paddle in the sea.
Our Top 5 Walks
Ansteys Cove to Babbacombe beach and onto Odicombe beach (8Km the big one!) Step outside the apartment and turn left onto Higher Erith Road. At the end of the road turn right onto Ilsham Road and walk past CO-OP on your right. Follow the road down the hill and pass Kent’s Cavern on your right. As the road bends to the right, walk across the road and through the park until you come to Anstey’s Cove car park. Walk through the car park and down the steep hill towards Anstey’s Cove. Walk back up the hill and turn right. Follow the South West Coastal Path all the way to Babbacombe beach taking in the breath-taking views across Lyme Bay. Continue walking along the path until you get to Oddicombe beach. From here you can walk up or catch the cliff railway up to Babbacombe. Turn left and enjoy our favourite view across the ocean towards Lyme Regis and beyond. Follow the cliff top path until you reach Babbacombe Road. Turn left and follow the road back to the junction next to CO-OP. Turn right onto Higher Erith Road, your apartment is situated 400m on the right where you can sit back and have a cup of tea (or gin)!
Anstey's Cove
Ansteys Cove to Babbacombe beach and onto Odicombe beach (8Km the big one!) Step outside the apartment and turn left onto Higher Erith Road. At the end of the road turn right onto Ilsham Road and walk past CO-OP on your right. Follow the road down the hill and pass Kent’s Cavern on your right. As the road bends to the right, walk across the road and through the park until you come to Anstey’s Cove car park. Walk through the car park and down the steep hill towards Anstey’s Cove. Walk back up the hill and turn right. Follow the South West Coastal Path all the way to Babbacombe beach taking in the breath-taking views across Lyme Bay. Continue walking along the path until you get to Oddicombe beach. From here you can walk up or catch the cliff railway up to Babbacombe. Turn left and enjoy our favourite view across the ocean towards Lyme Regis and beyond. Follow the cliff top path until you reach Babbacombe Road. Turn left and follow the road back to the junction next to CO-OP. Turn right onto Higher Erith Road, your apartment is situated 400m on the right where you can sit back and have a cup of tea (or gin)!
Illsham Marine Drive to Hopes Nose (6km) Step outside the apartment and turn left onto Higher Erith Road. Follow the route to Meadfoot Green (Meadfoot beach walk). At the end of the Green turn left and start a steady incline up Illsham Marine Drive through a set of traffic lights. Take in the stunning views of Thatcher’s Rock (an island only inhabited by Guillemot) from Thatcher’s Rock Green. Continue walking up Illsham Marine Drive until you come to a righthand bend in the road. Adjacent to this you will see a footpath on your right signposted to Hopes Nose. Follow this footpath down towards Hopes Nose (an area of protruding coastline with limestone rocks, fossils and a curving bay which can only be accessed by foot). Take in the magnificent views and have a little rest before heading back to your apartment for a lovely cup of tea (or Gin)!
Hopes Nose
Illsham Marine Drive to Hopes Nose (6km) Step outside the apartment and turn left onto Higher Erith Road. Follow the route to Meadfoot Green (Meadfoot beach walk). At the end of the Green turn left and start a steady incline up Illsham Marine Drive through a set of traffic lights. Take in the stunning views of Thatcher’s Rock (an island only inhabited by Guillemot) from Thatcher’s Rock Green. Continue walking up Illsham Marine Drive until you come to a righthand bend in the road. Adjacent to this you will see a footpath on your right signposted to Hopes Nose. Follow this footpath down towards Hopes Nose (an area of protruding coastline with limestone rocks, fossils and a curving bay which can only be accessed by foot). Take in the magnificent views and have a little rest before heading back to your apartment for a lovely cup of tea (or Gin)!
A spectacular view of Torbay and ‘London Bridge’ (4km) Step outside the apartment and turn right onto Higher Erith Road. At the end of the road turn left and walk along Higher Woodfield Road. At the end of the road walk across the crossroads onto Parkhill Road. As you come to the top of this road you will gain a lovely view across the bay with Paignton Pier on the horizon. Follow the road down a steep hill and turn left as if you are going into The Imperial Hotel. As you walk past the Imperial Hotel reception you will notice a Public footpath in front of you. Follow this footpath for 3km taking in some breath-taking sights across Torbay to Brixham and Berry Head. You will also see ‘London Bridge’, Thatcher’s Rock and a lovely ramble through the woods. You will finally venture up onto Daddyhole Plain. Keeping close to the cliff edge walk across the car park and down the path towards Meadfoot beach. As you walk down the path there will be a footpath on your right leading out onto the cliff top where you can access some fantastic views across Meadfoot Beach. Follow the path down onto Meadfoot Sea Road (Meadfoot Café is just around the corner overlooking the beach and well worth a visit for a quick snack or ice cream). Afterwards follow Meadfoot Sea Road up the hill, turn right onto Higher Woodfield Road and then take the 3rd Right back onto Higher Erith Road, your apartment is situated 400m on the left where you can sit back and have a cup of tea (or gin)!
London Bridge Arch
2 Peak Tor Avenue
A spectacular view of Torbay and ‘London Bridge’ (4km) Step outside the apartment and turn right onto Higher Erith Road. At the end of the road turn left and walk along Higher Woodfield Road. At the end of the road walk across the crossroads onto Parkhill Road. As you come to the top of this road you will gain a lovely view across the bay with Paignton Pier on the horizon. Follow the road down a steep hill and turn left as if you are going into The Imperial Hotel. As you walk past the Imperial Hotel reception you will notice a Public footpath in front of you. Follow this footpath for 3km taking in some breath-taking sights across Torbay to Brixham and Berry Head. You will also see ‘London Bridge’, Thatcher’s Rock and a lovely ramble through the woods. You will finally venture up onto Daddyhole Plain. Keeping close to the cliff edge walk across the car park and down the path towards Meadfoot beach. As you walk down the path there will be a footpath on your right leading out onto the cliff top where you can access some fantastic views across Meadfoot Beach. Follow the path down onto Meadfoot Sea Road (Meadfoot Café is just around the corner overlooking the beach and well worth a visit for a quick snack or ice cream). Afterwards follow Meadfoot Sea Road up the hill, turn right onto Higher Woodfield Road and then take the 3rd Right back onto Higher Erith Road, your apartment is situated 400m on the left where you can sit back and have a cup of tea (or gin)!
Through the Kents Cavern woods to Meadfoot beach via Meadfoot Green (3.6km) Step outside the apartment and turn left onto Higher Erith Road. Walk 400m and turn right onto Kents Road. Follow Kents Road to the end and then turn right. It looks like it leads to nowhere but soon you will stumble across the entrance to Kents Woods. Follow the wooded path all the way down to Meadfoot Green / Meadfoot beach. There are several routes out of the woods and onto the green so take your pick! On the green, turn right and head towards Meadfoot Beach. Walk along Meadfoot beach and follow the road past The Osbourne Hotel. Turn right onto Higher Woodfield Road and then take the 3rd right back onto Higher Erith Road. Sit back in the comfort of the apartment and have a cup of tea (or Gin)!
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Meadfoot Beach
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Through the Kents Cavern woods to Meadfoot beach via Meadfoot Green (3.6km) Step outside the apartment and turn left onto Higher Erith Road. Walk 400m and turn right onto Kents Road. Follow Kents Road to the end and then turn right. It looks like it leads to nowhere but soon you will stumble across the entrance to Kents Woods. Follow the wooded path all the way down to Meadfoot Green / Meadfoot beach. There are several routes out of the woods and onto the green so take your pick! On the green, turn right and head towards Meadfoot Beach. Walk along Meadfoot beach and follow the road past The Osbourne Hotel. Turn right onto Higher Woodfield Road and then take the 3rd right back onto Higher Erith Road. Sit back in the comfort of the apartment and have a cup of tea (or Gin)!
The Marina Walk (5Km) Step outside the apartment and turn right onto Higher Erith Road. At the end of the road turn left and walk along Higher Woodfield Road. At the end of the road walk across the crossroads onto Parkhill Road. As you come to the top of this road you will gain a lovely view across the bay with Paignton Pier on the horizon. Follow the road down a steep hill and past The Imperial Hotel on your left. You will see Torquay harbour in front of you. As you arrive at the harbour walk across the bridge and enjoy Torquay’s harbour, Marina, Torre Abbey, shops, theatre, bars and bistros. Why not continue your walk past the Marina and along the beach promenade finishing at Corbyn Head where you can look back and see the ‘postcard’ view of Torquay. On the way back, there are lots of café’s, restaurants and ice cream shops so take your pick! Simply reverse the route to walk back to the apartment or if you would prefer a lift back up the hill, you can get on the 64 Bus outside Debenhams (overlooking the harbour) and it will drop you off right outside Russell Court. Where you can open the door to your apartment and have a cup of tea (or gin)!
Torquay Marina
The Marina Walk (5Km) Step outside the apartment and turn right onto Higher Erith Road. At the end of the road turn left and walk along Higher Woodfield Road. At the end of the road walk across the crossroads onto Parkhill Road. As you come to the top of this road you will gain a lovely view across the bay with Paignton Pier on the horizon. Follow the road down a steep hill and past The Imperial Hotel on your left. You will see Torquay harbour in front of you. As you arrive at the harbour walk across the bridge and enjoy Torquay’s harbour, Marina, Torre Abbey, shops, theatre, bars and bistros. Why not continue your walk past the Marina and along the beach promenade finishing at Corbyn Head where you can look back and see the ‘postcard’ view of Torquay. On the way back, there are lots of café’s, restaurants and ice cream shops so take your pick! Simply reverse the route to walk back to the apartment or if you would prefer a lift back up the hill, you can get on the 64 Bus outside Debenhams (overlooking the harbour) and it will drop you off right outside Russell Court. Where you can open the door to your apartment and have a cup of tea (or gin)!
Places to Eat and Drink (£££)
f you like seafood then this is a place not to miss. Serving the best fresh fish and shellfish from Brixham, the Bistro is situated overlooking the harbour.
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No 7 Fish Bistro & Wine Bar
7 Beacon Hill
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f you like seafood then this is a place not to miss. Serving the best fresh fish and shellfish from Brixham, the Bistro is situated overlooking the harbour.
Just down the road from the apartment is this small restaurant tucked away from all the buzz of the main town centre. The menu has an Austrian focus using seasonal local produce.
Old Vienna Restaurant
7 Lisburne Square
Just down the road from the apartment is this small restaurant tucked away from all the buzz of the main town centre. The menu has an Austrian focus using seasonal local produce.
If you're looking for a place to relax and unwind whilst enjoying a cocktail and a delicious meal this is the place to come. Overlooking Torre Abbey Sands it is in a great position to see the rest of the bay. Have a look at their website for specials nights.
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On The Rocks Restaurant
1 Abbey Rd
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If you're looking for a place to relax and unwind whilst enjoying a cocktail and a delicious meal this is the place to come. Overlooking Torre Abbey Sands it is in a great position to see the rest of the bay. Have a look at their website for specials nights.
The first restaurant in Torquay to be awarded a Michelin star The Elephant does not disappoint. Offering both delicious lunches and evening meals this is a great place to visit.
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The Elephant
3-4 Beacon Hill
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The first restaurant in Torquay to be awarded a Michelin star The Elephant does not disappoint. Offering both delicious lunches and evening meals this is a great place to visit.
At the end of the road in the Wellswood village The Waddling Duck Bistro offers both a good place for Sunday lunch as well as somewhere to enjoy a lovely evening meal.
The Waddling Duck Bistro
35 Ilsham Rd
At the end of the road in the Wellswood village The Waddling Duck Bistro offers both a good place for Sunday lunch as well as somewhere to enjoy a lovely evening meal.
Places to Eat and Drink (££)
Below Decks is a beautiful seafood restaurant on Beacon Quay, overlooking Torquay’s historic harbour. Baked in sunshine from sunrise to sunset, the full flavour of the fabulous harbour is available in the unique environment of Torquay harbour restaurant Below Decks.
Below Decks
4 Beacon Hill
Below Decks is a beautiful seafood restaurant on Beacon Quay, overlooking Torquay’s historic harbour. Baked in sunshine from sunrise to sunset, the full flavour of the fabulous harbour is available in the unique environment of Torquay harbour restaurant Below Decks.
Hanbury’s Famous Fish and Chips of Babbacombe have been serving fantastic fish and chips for over four decades. Hanbury’s Takeaway now has a licence to sell alcohol. Well-loved locally, people will travel several miles for a plate of Hanbury’s fish and chips. Holidaymakers also come back year on year to relish the Hanbury’s experience.
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Hanbury's Takeaway
24 Princes St
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Hanbury’s Famous Fish and Chips of Babbacombe have been serving fantastic fish and chips for over four decades. Hanbury’s Takeaway now has a licence to sell alcohol. Well-loved locally, people will travel several miles for a plate of Hanbury’s fish and chips. Holidaymakers also come back year on year to relish the Hanbury’s experience.
A good all round restaurant that offers a salad bar with all main meals. Good location on the harbour with a roof top terrace. We would advise booking if looking to visit during high season as it is a very popular choice.
Harvester Beacon Quay
A good all round restaurant that offers a salad bar with all main meals. Good location on the harbour with a roof top terrace. We would advise booking if looking to visit during high season as it is a very popular choice.
On Marine Parade opposite Torre Abbey Sands this is a great place for a tasty lunch or dinner or to enjoy a cocktail or two whilst watching the world go by.
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Las Iguanas Torquay
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On Marine Parade opposite Torre Abbey Sands this is a great place for a tasty lunch or dinner or to enjoy a cocktail or two whilst watching the world go by.
A great place to visit at any time of the day. They offer a range of breakfast and lunch options. A couple of nights a week they also offer al fresco evening dining - a great opportunity to watch the sunset with a glass of wine, enjoying some delicious food. Tables are very limited however so we would advise you book this in advance.
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Meadfoot Beach Cafe
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A great place to visit at any time of the day. They offer a range of breakfast and lunch options. A couple of nights a week they also offer al fresco evening dining - a great opportunity to watch the sunset with a glass of wine, enjoying some delicious food. Tables are very limited however so we would advise you book this in advance.
hree Degrees West offers Mediterranean flavour not only in terms of its menu but also its décor and ambience. This amazing venue opened its doors in the spring of 2015 and, for the first time on Oddicombe, provided the opportunity to dine indoors as well as out. The most fantastic location for breakfast, ideal for coffee and cake, lovely for lunches and with plenty of tempting tapas on offer this venue really does have something for everyone.
Three Degrees West
hree Degrees West offers Mediterranean flavour not only in terms of its menu but also its décor and ambience. This amazing venue opened its doors in the spring of 2015 and, for the first time on Oddicombe, provided the opportunity to dine indoors as well as out. The most fantastic location for breakfast, ideal for coffee and cake, lovely for lunches and with plenty of tempting tapas on offer this venue really does have something for everyone.
A fairly new addition to the bay but a very popular one. A great position on the harbour with a good atmosphere and some tasty tapas on offer.
Twenty1
21 Victoria Parade
A fairly new addition to the bay but a very popular one. A great position on the harbour with a good atmosphere and some tasty tapas on offer.