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Discover | Paignton

The area of Torquay, Paignton and Brixham are collectively known as the English Riviera or Torbay.

This is a very popular area for scuba diving as there are plenty of wrecks to explore. With an average depth of approximately ten metres and a predominantly sandy seabed, visibility is generally good. However, it should be noted that in times of Easterly winds visibility can be significantly reduced.

The steam ship the Bretagne, a World War One wreck which sank on August 10th 1918, can be reached from a small boat launched from either Brixham, Torquay or Paignton.

Sea fishing, from the shoreline or boat, offers a wide variety of different species to be caught. Fishing trips can be arranged from the harbour at Torquay, Paignton or Brixham. If you are lucky during the Summer months you may get to see Dolphins, Sun Fish or Basking Sharks.

Coastal or countryside, there is a good range of walking and hiking in the area. If you take the coastal route, which forms part of the South West Peninsula Coast Path, you will walk one of the furthest of all the long distance paths in England.

Torbay is also a tremendous area for a variety of rock climbing with cliffs, sea stacks and the nearby National Park of Dartmoor providing its vast plateau of granite; These jutting rocks are known as tors.

Dartmoor provides some excellent walks through rugged moorland. Streams meander through the moor and the wild heather grows abundantly.

Paignton is approximately three miles from Torquay, which has lovely long sandy beaches and these provide safe swimming (however, care should always be taken and check for any warning flags). Paignton is an ideal venue for the family with many attractions for everyone of all ages to enjoy.

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