Walks around Torquay

At the northern end of the English Riviera lies Torquay with its magnificent horseshoe-shaped bay, swaying palm trees, elegant Victorian villas, pretty marina, sweeping sandy beach and its fascinating Agatha Christie connections. Stunning headland and countryside views await you in all directions from Torquay.

With a range of walks from easy to challenging there is something for everyone. A particular favourite starts in Torbay and heads inland to the River Dart, taking in one of Isambard Kingdom Brunel's viaduct along the way. Enjoy this selection of walks around the local area.

  • Daddyhole Plain - 1.9 miles (3.0 km)

    Silhouetted figure and funfair at Torquay. Photographer Michael Bond, Devon.
    Moderate

    This walk around one of Torbay's three limestone plateaux gives great views of the Bay and the harbour. It travels through an area once formally cultivated by Victorian gardeners but now preserved as a wildlife conservation area, rich in rare plants and with its own colony of the nationally endangered horseshoe bats in a former wartime lookout post. Children will love the dramatic outlook over the cliffs and the London Bridge rock arch, as well as the adventure playground feel of the route. Watch...

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  • Greenway, Broadsands & Galmpton Creek - 6.8 miles (11.0 km)

    Elberry Cove. Photographer Jennifer Rowlandson, Tiverton
    Challenging

    A town and country walk with breathtaking views over Galmpton Creek and out across Tor Bay. And who can resist Agatha's Christie's house at Greenway, the River Dart from high above at Maypool, or Isambard Kingdom Brunel's railway viaduct? A good walk in autumn, when the trees are turning and birds and small mammals are busy rummaging through the leaves below, laying in supplies for the winter.

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  • Labrador Bay - 4.3 miles (7.0 km)

    Teignmouth and Shaldon from the Bridge Photographer Rosie Spooner (2012 Photo Competition entry)
    Challenging

    This high-level walk has a lot of ascent and descent, some of which is steep and can be slippery, but the stunning coastal views in all directions make it worth the effort. Starting at the Ness headland, planted to mark Queen Victoria's coronation, it loops through the RSPB Nature Reserve at Labrador Bay. Look out for the rare cirl bunting or a shy roe deer. 

    A good walk in springtime, when the rattling call of the RSPB reserve's cirl buntings can be heard...

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  • Maidencombe Circular - 3.3 miles (5.2 km)

    Blackaller's Cove  Photographer Simon J Kyte (2012 Photo Competition entry)
    Moderate

    A moderate walk with a few short stretches of steep ascent and descent, including steps, this adventurous route passes through woodland dotted with glimpses of the red rocks of a one-time equatorial desert landscape, into the picturesque thatched village of Maidencombe, with its medieval courthouse and the famous Judas Tree. Visit in springtime to see the ancient tree in bloom. Children will love the spectacular rocks and stunning sea views of the several sheltered coves en route, and the prehistoric-jungle atmosphere of the woods with...

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  • Roundham Head - 0.9 miles (1.4 km)

    View of Goodrington from the coast path. Photographer Rosie Spooner.
    Easy

    A wheelchair-friendly walk around Paignton's Roundham Head, the hub of the town's sixteenth-century fishing industry. The headland's rocky red layered cliffs are topped with pines and sycamores, and there are extensive views, across Tor Bay to Torquay to the north and over Goodrington Sands to Brixham in the south. On a good day you can even see across Lyme Bay to Portland; but this is an equally captivating walk in poor weather, when the waves are dashed against the rocks and send...

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  • The Wildlife & Forts of Berry Head NNR - 1.6 miles (2.6 km)

    St Mary's Bay, Brixham Photographer Sue Collyer
    Easy

    Berry Head National Nature Reserve is Torbay's most important wildlife site, with many rare plants dependent upon the thin soils, mild climate and exposed conditions of the headland.

    This walk is part of our "Summer Strolls". Although there are no beaches en route (Torbay and all its amenities are close by!) this is a walk to be enjoyed by everyone on a summer's day. It is also good in autumn, when the many migrant birds that gather can sometimes include rare breeds, such...

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