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Explore our Stunning Coastline by Foot

6 March 2023

There are plenty of things to do in and around Torbay all year round, but the cool weather and crisp air, lends itself to some great outdoor walking. There are over 100 miles of footpaths and permissive routes around Torbay and its amazing coastline, so why not get to grips with the English Riviera on foot and explore our stunning coastline.

Walking the South West Coast Path

The English Riviera has a total of 22 miles of coastline – all of which can be discovered on the South West Coast Path, which runs along South Devon’s beautiful bay between Maidencombe in the north to Sharkham Point beyond Brixham in the south. Small chunks of the route can be undertaken at your leisure and you’ll get to see wonderful Geopark highlights such as Berry Head National Nature Reserve, ancient woodlands, beaches and amazing sea views. Keep an eye out for the Bronze Acorns on the pavement!

You can visit their website to find out more information and to start your journey!

Free coastline walks with Torbay Bay Walks

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!

Progression walks are aimed at those who require something a little more challenging. These walks include rugged, undulating terrain, steep slopes, steps and stiles. They are a great opportunity for anyone looking to progress their walking and although they may not be shown on the calendar, they are able to be viewed on the timetable.

More information on Torbay Bay Walks can be found on their website.

roundham map walking in Torbay.

Walk the Agatha Christie Mile

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.

Agatha Christie Mile - Walking in Torquay

South Devon AONB

If you’re feeling a bit more energetic, why not visit South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Designated by government in 1960, it covers 60 glorious miles of coastline, estuaries and countryside between Plymouth and Torbay.

Diane Lethbridge AONB Communications Officer says “You really are spoilt for choice when it comes to walking in  the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the coastline, countryside and estuaries are stunning with some amazing views and lots of opportunities to see wildlife and find out more about the history and archaeology of this special landscape.”

There are over 40 walks across South Devon AONB to download for free. They range in length from 2 to 12 miles and include a map, details of facilities and access as well as information on wildlife, archaeology and history. See a full range of walks on their website.

We have some great offers on stays so why not combine some of these amazing walks with a short break at TLH Leisure Resort.

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