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Torquay Walks

exploring the English Riviera
1 hour walks
Walk 1 (1.4 m)Walk 2 (2.3 m)Walk 3 (3 m)Walk 4 (3.8 m)Walk 5 (2.2 m)
Harbour TrailTown WalkKent's Cavern & East Coast CockingtonTorre Abbey

The quay, it is believed, was built by monks who lived in a monastery near a Tor (craggy peak) - see Torre Abbey below.

  • After the battle of Waterloo Napoleon on his way to Elba became an unexpected tourist attraction when people hired boats to see him basking on HMS Bellerophon!
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Point of InterestWhat to explore?
  • Torre Abbey

  • Kent's Cavern

  • Coastline
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parkingBeacon Quay SATNAV Postcode:TQ1 2BG

Walk 1 Torquay Harbour Trail (1.4 miles)

torquay harbour


starting PointStart : Harbour, Torwood Street

A delightful trail to explore the English Riviera’s coast with all it's glamour.

Torquay Harbour has almost 1, 000 berths for boats and offers access to some of the best facilities in the Southwest.

It is also a commercial port that hosts various maritime events throughout the year.

The harbour is surrounded by shops, restaurants and bars, and is close to other attractions such as Beacon Cove and Torquay Marina .

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Map of Walk 1


torquay coast

Walk 2 Views of Torbay (2.3 miles)


A great circular walk exploring Torquay's , magnificent coast line - allow 1.5 hours.

starting PointStart : Torquay Harbour, Torwood St

The Walk

A The walk starts at Torquay Harbour.
Walk up Tor street for 100m then turn right into Parkhill Road.Turn 2nd left into Meadford Road.

B After Park Court Hotel on right turn left into Hesketh Road. Continue past some steps on either side. The road becomes unpaved and eventually zigzags to Meadford Beach - ignore any tracks on left.

C Turn right and follow the South West Coast Footpath (symbol is an acorn).
There is a cafe at Meadord Beach , but is not directly on your route.

D Soon the path branches left from Daddyhole Road. Part of this stretch can be quite narrow.

E Enjoy extensive views of the bay.
Follow the path back to Torquay harbour.


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Tor Abbey Cafe
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Torquay to Cockington walk

Map of Walk 2


 Walks near Torquay
Enjoy a great pub walk to the Babbacombe Cliff Railway, Oddicombe Beach and the Cary Arms overlooking the harbour & bay.
Two pleasant walks through this most enchanting village, known for its gift shops, craft centre, tea gardens and Drum Inn, designed by Lutyens.
A thriving fish market town with a picturesque harbour provides a popular centre for exploring a beautiful coastline with extensive views of Tor Bay.
This delightful walk takes you past Paignton's pier and its charming harbour.
This idyllic village with its famous pub attracts many tourists .
The tranquility and beauty of this estate gave Agatha Christie the inspiration for many a plot.
Two varied and most scenic walks.

Walk 3 Kent's Cavern & East Coast (3 miles)


torquay coastline

This delightful walk combines the beautiful English Riviera with Kents Cavern following many footpaths ; .

Some sections along the coast include some climbs and descents.

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starting PointStart :Car Park bottom of Ilsham Road
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torquay circular walk

Map of Walk 3

Walk 4 to Cockington (1.9 miles)



starting PointStart : Torquay Harbour or Cockington

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Combine this with one of the Cockington walks, enjoy some tea in the gardens and return refreshed to Torquay!

parkingBeacon Quay Long Stay

An interesting 'culture' walk

Torquay to Cockington walk

Map of Walk 4

Walk 5 Torre Abbey (1.1 miles x 2 )

torquay harbour


starting PointStart : Harbour, Torwood Street

A varied Town walk combining the harbour with Torre Abbey dating back to 1196.

The abbey was built near a Saxon hamlet .
The monks established the first quay.

Lots of cafe's en route and at destination!

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Map of Walk 5