Discover | Torquay
The areas 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 10 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 Brixham, Torquay or Paignton.
Sea fishing, either 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 observe 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 longest 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 excellent walks through rugged open moorland. Streams meander through the moor and wild heather grows abundantly.
Torquay is one of England’s premier resorts, with a lively and sophisticated town centre which includes a variety of good quality shops, theatres, restaurants, night clubs and cafes.
The climate is mild, and this has helped the palm trees and gardens to flourish. These back the beach front which in turns gives the town a distinctly Mediterranean atmosphere.
The caves of Kents Cavern are situated between Torquay and Babbacombe. Here you can view some magnificent formations within the caves of stalagmites, stalactites, straws, flowstone, columns and helictites.
Torquay has a harbour and modern marina facilities that provide safe access to the sailing waters for a variety of watersports such as windsurfing, kayaking and water-skiing.