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Three of the best walks near Torquay

Published: 2nd Apr 2015

Here at Lincombe Hall we’re blessed to be located in the midst of the beautiful English Riviera.

Torquay is surrounded by beautiful open countryside and we love nothing more than heading out for a stroll around and admiring the scenery – it is an absolute pleasure at all times of the year.

So with spring finally here we thought it was the perfect time to take a look at three of our favourite walks within easy reach of Torquay Hotels.

 

Salcombe to Hope Cove

Distance: 4.5 miles 

Start: East Soar car park

In the middle of summer this is probably one walk not to take, simply because it becomes so busy around beautiful Salcombe’s beaches.

That makes sense because the area is stunning, but the sheer number of people in the area can detract from the outstanding charm of the place.

However, it doesn't take much time to leave the crowds behind. The headlands on each side of the Salcombe estuary make for excellent walks and if you take the ferry from Salcombe it’s easy to walk directly along the length of the beautiful valley at Mill Bay.

Across the river, there’s a route between Bolt Head and Bolt Tail which gives walkers amazing views out to sea while you can also make the stunning walk from Salcombe to Overbecks.

River Dart and the Kingswear peninsula

Distance: 4.5 miles 

Start: Greenway Quay

The Dart estuary offers dozens of great walks thanks to its extensive system of ferries – which give plenty of chances to cross the river or travel further up it.

One of the best walks in this area leads from Greenway, Agatha Christie's old house, all the way to Coleton Fishacre, which is at the end of the peninsula. 

Making the walk through through Long Wood to join the Dart Valley Trail is a delight, and you can catch sight of trains on the steam railway which runs alongside the walk. Once past Kingswear the walk links up with the South West Coast Path and the surroundings become more open and bracing.

Ringmore to Ayrmer Cove

Distance: 3 miles 

Start: Ayrmer Cove car park

This route is a local secret, and leads through a beautiful valley to a tucked away beach. The walk downwards to the cove takes you through old sunken lanes, which were used by smugglers in the 1800s according to legend. 

The area is also known for its wildlife and in the summer you can often see reptiles basking in the sun. The cove itself also gives you a chance to encounter wildlife, because when the tide goes out hundreds of rock pools are left behind, teeming with sea life.

 

Image credit: Susanne Nilsson under Creative Commons.

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