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!
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.
But then again, there’s still money about, just look at the amounts of boats and yachts in the marina.
As for the walk, it was just pleasant and where it was inaccessible, they’ve made it accessible by installing a ramp.
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!!!
On with the walk …
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.
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Disclaimer: We visited Devon as part of a familiarisation trip with Dartmoor Accommodation