The English Riviera is widely recognised as one of the most beautiful places in the UK. It sits in Torbay and along the South Devon Coast, making it an ideal place to take a stroll or test out your new hiking boots. There are so many walks, both big and small, that allow you to do just this. But where are the best ones? And which walk should take precedence when you’re planning the next family holiday? This blog post will give you 10 of the best walks – ones that simply cannot be missed.
Just 4 miles in length, this beautiful walk features striking coastal views throughout. It looks out towards Dartmouth and is the perfect place to spot native birds, grasshoppers and butterflies.
Short and sweet, this stroll will take you along Daddyhole Plain, also known as the Rock Walk. If you’re looking for the best views of the bay, this is one to put at the top of your list.
3. Torre Abbey Sands to Cockington
Nestled in woodlands, this adorable walk leads to the truly beautiful thatched village of Cockington. You’ll pass a gate leading into the water meadows – sure to spark magic for your littlest holidayers.
4. Brixham Harbour to Berry Head
Starting off in the adorable fishing harbour of Brixham, this walk leads past a lighthouse and straight to the outdoor seawater swimming pool of Shoalstone Pool. Take in the Napoleonic Fort and famous Guardhouse Cafe.
5. Ansteys Cove Circular
Stroll through the beautiful woodlands and arrive at Meadfoot Beach where you’ll be able to take in the views of the bay and Thatcher’s Rock – an island solely inhabited by guillemot birds.
If you’re a fan of the world-famous writer, this heritage walk is for you. Discover many of her favourite places in the local area including Beacon Cove, originally known as Ladies Bathing Cove.
Take in the local heritage and culture with this walk which takes in coasts, creeks, castles and countryside. It is 35 miles in total and can be approached in total or split over a series of days.
This one-mile walk takes place on the National Trust site of Greenway and leads you through some of the most secluded areas including the North Walled Garden and Bird Pond.
9. Brunel Woods
Rich in history, this charming woodland is managed by Torbay Coast and Countryside Trust. The main sights include a 58ft commemorative totem sculpture and the Thatched Tavern which dates back to the 17th century.
Our final walk is for the most hardcore ramblers. 630 miles in length, it was originally created by coastguards looking out for smugglers. Today, it is the UK’s longest marked footpath and has been broken up into 17 smaller walks, strolls and long distance hikes.