A Wheelchair Walk on the English Riviera

English Riviera in Devon

On a recent trip to Dartmoor in Devon, we had a few hours to fill between activities. As you know, Bridget and I are partial to a coastal walk so we set off for a short bimble in Torquay. We knew we wouldn’t have enough time to explore properly, but the sun was out so a visit to Torquay seafront made perfect sense.

Torquay the English Riviera

Known as the English Riviera, a phrase coined by the Victorians, Torquay has a mild climate, sandy beaches and a palm tree lined, horseshoe shaped accessible bay. It is incredibly clean and feels almost European, it is not a typical seaside resort because it feels quite glamorous.

Given its proximity to Dartmoor National Park, about 40 minutes by car if you are staying in the east of the park, it’s a nice excursion if you fancy a day at the seaside.

Torquay Walk in Pictures

We parked up on the main road near to the marina, there are plenty of marked disabled parking bays along the road. If I’m honest, I can’t remember whether we paid to park, I should have made a note of it!

Disabled Parking in Torquay

What I do remember is the Torquay Bay is very accessible, it looks a bit like Monaco and is ideal for a wheelchair walk. Apparently there are 22 miles of coastal path in the area, we managed a couple of miles around the bay before we ran out of time.

Everywhere you look there are signs of Torquay’s grand past.

Fountain in Torquay

Building in Torquay

But then again, there’s still money about, just look at the amounts of boats and yachts in the marina.

Yachts in Torquay Harbour

Boats in Torquay

As for the walk, it was just pleasant and where it was inaccessible, they’ve made it accessible by installing a ramp.

Wheelchair Walk in Torquay

Accessible Garden

Bay Walks

Princess Theatre in Torquay

Princess Theatre Complex

And, to prove my point about access, just look what they’ve built on the side of a cliff. OK, before the access police start bombarding me with complaints, I’m not saying this impressive structure is for wheelchair access. Even people without mobility problems would struggle climbing that many stairs, but it would be wrong not to show you!

If this can be built up the side of a cliff then there’s no excuse for a ramp up a few steps!!!

Access up the Cliff

On with the walk …

Accessible Walk on Torquay Bay

Pier in Torquay

Elegant Torquay Promenade

Palm Trees in Torquay

The Bimblers in Torquay

Sweeping Sandy Beach

And sadly that was it, the walk was over. If you happen to be in the area and fancy a seaside walk, Torquay is a must.


Visit Devon

English Riviera

We also visited:

The Mayflower Steps in Plymouth


We stayed in:

Wilson Cottage

Barnabas House B&B

Disclaimer: We visited Devon as part of a familiarisation trip with Dartmoor Accommodation

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The Bimblers is a personal blog about living with chronic pain, invisible illness and disability. It's about travelling in a wheelchair and accessible travel. It's about picking ourselves up when we get knocked down. And, it's about what we can do, not what we can't!

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