South Devon Beaches
Along the 22 miles of the English Riviera coastline, some of which abuts the grounds of The Palace, there are many beautiful Devon beaches from wide sandy stretches to hidden rocky coves. So whether you’re after a place to lay out your towel, build sandcastles, have a gentle paddle, ramble through a rock pool or just a quiet place to sit and watch the surf, you’re sure to find a beach on our Devon coastline to suit.
Anstey’s Cove (Torquay)
A small and peaceful shingle and rocky beach located only 5 minutes' walk from the hotel. Rent a deckchair and relax, paddle in the sea, or have a bite to eat at the beach cafe. Dogs are welcome all year round.
Oddicombe Beach (Torquay)
Sand and shingle beach just below the north end of Babbacombe Downs. Parking is half a mile from the beach. Steep access but try the cliff railway (great fun). No dogs, swimming safe with care, toilets, café, beach shop, deckchair/sunbed hire.
Babbacombe Beach (Torquay)
A sand and shingle beach popular for sailing and fishing off the breakwater. Steep access from Beach Road, swimming safe with care, limited parking, dogs allowed, toilets, café, deckchair/sunbed hire.
Torre Abbey Sands / Corbyn Sands (Torquay)
A sandy beach right in the heart of Torquay’s so lots of parking nearby. Very high tides will cover the sand. Dogs banned, swimming safe with care, toilets, café, beach shop, deckchair/sunbed hire and chalet hire. Just across the road from Torre Abbey Meadows parkland.
Preston Sands (Paignton)
Long sandy beach with easy access but limited parking. Dogs banned, swimming safe with care, café, beach shop, deckchair/sunbed hire and beach hut hire.
Paignton Beach (Paignton)
Long sandy beach with easy access, large grassy green adjacent and ample parking nearby. Lots of kiosks and cafes by the beach and amusements on the pier. Dogs are banned, swimming safe with care, toilets, deckchair/sunbed hire, pedaloes and family bikes.
WALKS - A stretch of green and pleasant coast and countryside is never far away in Torbay.
Torbay is blessed with a superb array of natural features along its 22 miles of coastline; the steep slopes that tumble down to the broad sweep of the bay; the cliffs and headlands that punctuate the Devon coastline; the green valleys that cut down to the sea; and the Victorian gardens and landscape planting that set off these natural contours. There are over 100 miles of footpaths and horse-riding routes which criss-cross Torbay. Some of the most popular walks include:
Walls Hill Walk - 5km/3 miles (accessible via the hotel's grounds)
The route follows two of Torbay's ribbon woodlands, up from sea level to the boundary of Torbay, and back down. On the way you will discover drystone walls overgown with ferns and trees, ancient wood-banks overhung with huge boundary trees and hazel coppice, flush with bluebells in spring.
Bishop's Walk - 4.5 km/3 miles (accessible via the hotel's grounds)
An ever-changing coastal stroll along generally level ground, visiting Torbay's "other" limestone headland, Hope's Nose, the drama of Thatcher Rock and the hidden footpaths through Lincombe Woods to Kent's Cavern - ancient caves with signs of early human remains.
The main route is part of the South West Coast Path which hugs close to the cliff-tops for much of the way. There are a number of alternative paths following old lanes or field edges. Make up your own circuit to suit yourself - whichever paths you take you are guaranteed superb views along this dramatic coastline adjoining the farmland.
Scadson Woods Walk - 5km/3 m
The route follows two of Torbay's ribbon woodlands, up from sea level to the boundary of Torbay, and back down. On the way you will discover more beautiful drystone walls, old dams, leats and pumping systems deep in the woods.