Torquay- At a Glance

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The capital of the "English Riviera" The place for a seaside promenade. Popular as a resort since Victorian times, Torquay is now a vibrant town at the centre of 22 miles of coastline. If you're an Agatha Christie fan, visit the Torquay Museum where you'll find material relating to the famous crime writer who was born in the town.

Sea Kayak Torbay

Exploring the English Riviera by Kayak is the only way to really get to know it. What epitomises Torbay is the view from the Sea. Kieran tames the sea for young families and beginners and provides adrenaline adventures for those who want to rock hop around our world famous Geopark.

Dog Walks ~ Babbacombe Beach & Oddicombe

There are many places around Torquay to walk your dog. For those who don’t mind a steep walk up and down the Babbacombe and St Martychurch Cliffs then Oddicombe beach in the winter is great for your dog’s cardiac system (and yours) and Babbacombe beach next to the Cary Arms is open all year around to dogs but more rocky and less beach available at high tide.

Babbacombe Downs has a whole range of great pubs and places to eat. Our favourite dog friendly pub and eatery is the Buccaneer Inn.

Bayard’s Cove Fort

Picturesquely sited on the quayside at Dartmouth, this Tudor artillery fort once contained heavy guns to protect the prosperous harbour town from attack.

It was here in the estuary that the English contingent assembled in 1147 and again in 1190 to depart on crusade. Originally, the major port on the River Dart was Totnes, higher upriver, but from the 13th century the name Dartmouth was being used for the harbour town that was gradually expanding south along the waterside.

The town became the main base for the wine trade with south-west France, and despite the loss of this source of wealth following the start of the Hundred Years’ War (1337–1453), Dartmouth continued to prosper with the growth of the cloth trade.

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