English Riviera Walk – Easy summer strolling…

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English Riviera Walk – Easy summer strolling…

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Distance: 2 miles
Exertion: Easy
Time: Allow 1.5 hours
Terrain: Pathways and pavements. Suitable for pushchairs and mobility scooters.
Dogs: On leads in roads.
Refreshments: Various Paignton Harbour & Torbay Road

In our recent reader survey many readers asked for walks that were accessible to all – pushchairs, mobility scooters and those who couldn’t walk too far. So this issue we’re walking from Paignton train station to the harbour and around Roundham Head. We take in the busy town and get the feel for holidaying in the Bay and what makes the local economy tick with the throngs on Torbay Road and Paignton’s pretty seafront. There’s plenty to see and do and history to discover as well as some of best views in the Bay.


1 From the train station turn right into Torbay Road, passing the old, soon to be reopened, Paignton Picture House and continue towards the seafront taking the third turning right into Queens Road then left into Torbay Park. At the seafront, cross the road and join up with the coastpath as it heads toward the harbour. See the children’s Geoplay Park and Pirate Golf if you’ve got youngsters along for the walk!

2 Follow the coastline under the arch to the harbour. The harbour was established in 1838 in its current form and was an important port for exporting local goods, most notably cider and giant cabbages. Today it’s home to a crab processing plant that distributes locally caught fare across the country. As you walk up the slope to skirt the harbour, you’ll see the small building on the left, which was formerly the Preventatives Station, more commonly known as the coastguard.

3 At the far side of the harbour either choose to stroll down to the outer sea wall, climb the steps and drop down to the popular Fairy Cove. From here you can climb the steps at the rear of the beach and turn left into the Burma Star Garden, which leads out to Cliff Road. Otherwise, carry on up the hill and turn left into Cliff Road to avoid the steps and pick up the route again in the Burma Star Memorial Garden adjacent to the Sea Anglers Club.

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Fairy Cove

4 Roundham Head is accessed another 75 metres along  Cliff Road. Looking out over the red sandstone cliffs, known as the Paignton Ledges, where in 1804 the warship Venerable was wrecked, offers fabulous views over the Bay towards Torquay and makes a great viewing point for nautical activities. As you walk through the park, pause at the memorial stone and plaque to the left of the pathway that tells the story of Torquay-born Lieutenant Commander Arthur Leyland Harrison VC whose heroic actions were notable during WW1.

5 At the top of the hill you will be standing above a magnificent rock walk planted with an array of spectacular semi-tropical plants that were supplied by Paignton Zoo’s founder Herbert Whitley. This area was constructed in the 1930s by Welsh miners as part of a work creation scheme during the Great Depression. More spectacular views towards the south stretch out over Goodrington and Brixham and complete the Bay panorama.

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