The Beautiful Coastline of Torbay
There is no better way of getting to know an area than through the soles of your feet. Whether you are looking for a short stroll or something a little more energetic along either the beautiful coastline of South Devon or through it’s glorious countryside, there is something for everyone here on the English Riviera.
The English Riviera is home to some of the most spectacular coastline on the South West peninsula and offers 22 miles of coastal path. It also has a unique geological heritage that spans millions of years and in September 2007 it received international recognition for it’s rich geological, historical and cultural heritage and became one of just 57 areas around the world to be endorsed by UNESCO and welcomed into both the European ans Global Geopark Networks.
Situated within the stunning, rolling hills of South Devon, the English Riviera’s geology has created the beautiful coastline of today, which fundamentally links the rich diversity of landscape with wildlife, people and culture. Please click here for further information on the geopark.
Some of the 22 mile coast path forms part os the South West Coast Path, the largest and most-loved public right of way in Britain! From Minehead on the edge of the Exmoor National Park all the way to the shores of Poole Harbour, it is simply the best way to enjoy our wonderful coastline, it’s scenery, wildlife and history. The 13 mile Brixham to Babbacombe section of the South West Coast Path runs less than a ten minute walk away from Villa Marina. For further information on this section of the coast path please see the link below:
For those looking for something a little less strenuous here are a few nearby short coastal walks:
The Beautiful Countryside
Only a mile from Torquay Seafront, the Doomesday Book Village of Cockington has hardly changed through the centuries. Explore this special village, it’s historic manor house and the 460 acres of beatiful parkland, woodland and farmland. The court is also home to a wide variety of skilled craftsmen and you can watch them as they work.
Dartmoor National Park covers an area of 368 square miles-the largest and wildest area of open country in Southern England. Throughout the year Dartmoor is an exceptionally beatiful place to visit, with deep wooded gorges, beautiful lake-like reservoirs and tumbling rocky rivers.
Situated within Dartmoor national Park, in the heart of devon’s teign Valley, Canonteign Falls is home to England’s highest waterfall, descending a staggering 220 ft. Enjoy walks through woodlands, wetlands, lakes and parklands.
No visit to devon would be complete without a day at Dartmoor’s famous becky falls, where there really is something for everyone to enjoy. Set within a spectacular ancient valley, the Falls have been attracting visitors for over 100 years and today offers a fantastic day out. Variety of different level walks.