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Torquay

Torquay

Torquay, sometimes known as the English Riviera due to its pleasant climate. The town became a fashionable resort during the Victoria era and has retained its old world charm.

The town is on the east side of Torbay, and looks west out over Torbay and Lyme Bay.

The English Riviera runs from Torquay west along the beach at Paignton as far as Brixham.

The area is more British style Riviera with slot machines, crazy golf, fish and chips than French style Antibes.

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Further Reading on Wikipedia : Torquay

Paignton

Paignton

Paignton, lies just west of Torquay on Lyme Bay. The opening of the railway to London way back in the 1860s helped to develop the area as a tourist resort .

The beach front runs all the way along Paignton front.

The green space Paignton Green, behind the beach is lined with colourful changing rooms, a reminder of the areas Victorian past.

During the summer the green hosts fun fairs, ice cream stall, and other fun activities.

Another sign of the past is the pier which stretches out into the sea.

With it’s activities for kids, friendly environment, Paignton has long been a holiday destination for families.

The area has a range of accommodation to suit all requirements from hotels, B+B to self catering.

On the west side of the beach there is a small harbour which caters for the odd lobster fisherman and the sailing enthusiasts.

There are regular bus and ferries to Torquay and further along the coast.

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Further Reading on Wikipedia : Paignton

Brixham

Brixham

Just west of Paignton on a headland is the small fishing port of Brixham.

Being built on a hill, the streets can be steep as they descend towards the working harbour.

An attraction in the harbour apart from the boating activities, unloading of fresh fish onto the pier, the smell of fresh fish and chips is the replica of the Sir Francis Drake ship the Golden Hind.

From the pier you can book fishing trips, including shark and wreck fishing – off shore there are a number of wrecks which are popular with divers.

Boat trips along the coast and up the Dart river can also be booked locally.

Enjoy some great fresh fish and chips in the café along the pier.

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Further Reading on Wikipedia : Brixham

Dartmoor

Dartmoor

The River Dart rises high in the moors, as two separate rivers, the East and West Dart.

The rivers join at the aptly named Dartmeet. On the moors there is a military firing range and a prison with the interesting name of Princetown.

Through the moors there are archaeological remains dating back to the bronze age – such as stone circles and burial stones.

Sherlock Holmes has long association with the moors while investigating the hounds of the Baskerville.

Don’t be surprised by the number of places with the name or part name of warren – as rabbit rearing was once a business activity.

The moors can be particularly beautiful in August / September when the heather is in flower.

Sheep and horses wander freely about the moors as nearly half the land is commage.

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Further Reading on Wikipedia : Dartmoor

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