Although the South Devon, English Riviera coast may lack the dramatic wildness of the North Devon Coast and is comparatively developed, there are still stretches of coastline that are stunningly beautiful at any time of the year and well worth exploring on walk. And there are fantastic walks for all ages and abilities. The South West Coastal Path passes through the area.
Because of their central locations all of our self catering accommodation make great bases from which to explore the area on foot.
Torquay offers a unique opportunity to walk around areas such as The Lincombes, Meadfoot and The Warberries to take in the rich architectural legacy left by the Victorians. You get to peep into the past into a time when Torquay was the playground of the super rich and their Italianate Mansions dominated the leady hills surrounding the town.
For fans of Agatha Christie, there is the Agatha Christie Mile.
There are also some wonderful stretches of coastline that deliver truly beautiful scenery. An example of this is the walk from Ansty's Cove car park along Bishp's Walk to Meadfoot Bay and back again via Ilsham Green.
in 2022 a new event was added to the calendar - The English Riviera Walking Festival. It took place between 15th and 22nd October and featured a whole host of exciting and interesting guided walks for all abilities.Because of the success of the event, in 2023, there will be a Spring Walking Festival (22nd to 29th April and An Autumn Walking Festival (23rd to 30th September).
Driving a short distance from The English Riviera towns of Torquay, Paignton and Brixham opens up a whole host of new walking opportunities.
An example of this is the stretch of coastline between Berry Head and Kingswear. Froward Point has the added interest of the Brownstone Battery from which the brave volunteers of the home guard stood ready in the event of a Nazi invasion in the dark days of World War II.
In the opposite direction there is the coastline between Maidencombe (on the outskirts of Torquay) and the pretty village of Shaldon near Teignmouth.
Moving inland is the Dartington Estate with a wonderful walk through the tranquil Deer Park alongside the River Dart.
The brooding presence of Dartmoor is not far from The English Riviera and from many places in Torquay you can see the distant Tors.
Dartmoor offers a spectacular variety of landscapes. You will find the rugged moorlands with the Tors (hills) and there are countless walks that enable you to explore these.
There are also unexpected areas of Dartmoor such as the reservoirs and the dams such as The Avon Dam.
There are also remnants of an industrial past.
The weather on Dartmoor can change very suddenly and it is always best to plan ahead. Check weather forecasts, make sure you have appropriate footwear and clothing. Take a warm drink with you in winter and water with you in summer. Make sure your mobile is fully charged!