6 Spring Activities not to be Missed in Torquay
The sight of sunny, yellow daffodils are a wonderful sign that spring has arrived! With the mild climate and the lighter nights, the English Riviera is the perfect place to take a short break. If you’re looking for spring activities within walking distance of TLH, we’ve listed a few of our favourites things to do for anyone visiting Torquay and South Devon.
Just a mile from Torquay seafront, step back in time in this 2500 year old thatched village. A truly picturesque quintessentially English village, there has been a settlement at Cockington since Saxon times, with the earliest record being from 1086 in the Domesday Book. There are wild woodlands and formal landscaped areas, such as the beautiful rose garden, arboretum and ornamental ponds. Take a leisurely stroll through the award winning country park, past the cricket pavilion and visit the 11th century church. Take a look at their Visitor Centre, galleries and tea room which is situated within the 16th Century manor house.
Torbay Coast and Countryside Trust have now completed the last stage of extensive restoration work. The paths around the Lakes have transformed ensuring closer and safer access to the waters’ edge. The three ponds have been and the cascades that flow from one pond to another have been repaired.
Built in 1926, the Babbacombe Cliff Railway has shuttled hundreds of thousands of people to and from Oddicombe Beach in over 84 years of service. Surrounded by some of the most breathtaking scenery to be found in the UK, the Cliff Railway provides a vital and non-exhausting way for everyone to soak up the peaceful atmosphere and take in the amazing views as they travel to and from the waters edge. This may not be something you would consider as one of your must-do spring activities but it does offer some fantastic coastal views.
With an extensive overhaul & refurbishment now completed, the railway is ready to serve thousands more passengers as they venture down to enjoy a day relaxing in the beautiful Devon sun. As you alight from the railway, you arrive at Babbacombe Bay which incorporates Oddicombe and Babbacombe beaches. Access to both is via a walkway. For full information of prices and opening times, visit their website.
For many, a holiday in Torquay means a visit to the beach. Torquay and the surrounding area has a number of great beaches to suit all tastes. Some of the best beaches in Torquay are just a short drive or walk away from TLH Leisure Resort.
From rocky beaches to flat, fine sandy beaches, there’s some great beaches to chose from. Let’s take a look at just a few of the main beaches in Torquay within easy reach of TLH Leisure Resort. See our blog on which beaches we think are the best in Torquay.
Bay Walks is a programme of regular led walks in Torquay, Paignton and Brixham and range in distance and difficulty. All walks are led by volunteers, are free and are open to everyone.
Health Walks are affiliated to the Walking for Health scheme and are recommended for beginners and light walkers. Short walks last no more than half an hour and longer walks can take up to 90 minutes. The terrain can vary but most of the walks are flat and use the pavements but you will find markers on the map to indicate any steps, stiles or slopes. These are only found on a limited number of walks though. You’ll discover interesting and beautiful parts of the Bay, you’ll enjoy the view… and feel much healthier!
Agatha Mary Clarissa Miller was born on 15 September 1890 in Torquay, Devon. In the English Riviera, you can retrace the steps of the world’s best-selling author along Torquay’s seafront beginning just a few minutes walk from TLH Leisure Resort. The Agatha Christie Mile takes you to some of the places that were inspirational in her life and works and includes seven unique plaques to find along way.
View the coast by rail on the Riviera Line
The Riviera Line offers great scenic train journeys along the South Devon coast between Paignton and Exeter. You can start your journey at Torquay station and enjoy the ride as the train hugs the coastline, offering amazing views. It calls at seaside beauty spots like Dawlish and Teignmouth and then on into the vibrant city of Exeter. Its fascinating visitor attractions include the mysterious underground passages, award-winning Royal Albert Memorial Museum, magnificent Exeter Cathedral, Roman wall and historic quayside.
You can also stop off at the seaside resort of Dawlish which has special charm and character, and has been a popular seaside resort since the 18th century. There’s also Teignmouth which is best described as a classic and traditional Devon seaside resort with long promenade and Victorian pier, Teignmouth is a fascinating place to explore. Their website has lots more information including prices and times.
Torquay and south Devon is certainly the ideal place to visit now the weather is warming up. If you’re considering what to do this spring, we are the perfect choice for a spring getaway. Treat yourself to a weekend away with some of our special offers this year.