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Unlock the secrets of the past from many of our beautiful sites, from garrisoned forts from the 1700 at Berry Head to a Second World War look at post at Peak Tor. There are Victorian cliff garden walks now declared as Sites of Scientific Interest and County Wildlife Sites. And areas of Ancient Semi-Natural Woodland with many interesting historical features. (main image: BlueMoonPhotography)

Cockington horse and carriage

Quaint thatched village

Step back in time when you wander through Cockington whose quaint thatched village dates back to the Doomsday Book. The three lakes here are said to date back to the mediaeval period when monks from Torre Abbey used them to raise fish!

We run educational visits to many of our sites that focus on curriculum based history. What better way to learn than standing in the very spot where that point in history actually happened.

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Brunel woods

Brunel and Bishops

Isambard Kingdom Brunel once planned to retire to Watcombe, Torquay and he commissioned the design of a garden and house overlooking St Marychurch. The garden was created but sadly Brunel died before the house was ever built. The garden has since transitioned to woodland but some of the species and features of Brunel’s time survive. The wood was badly damaged in the 1990 storm. There is a network of paths to follow and great views over the Bay that we know today as Brunel Woods.

Bishops Walk was created by Henry Phillpotts, the Bishop of Exeter from 1831 until his death in 1869. He lived in a nearby mansion called Bishopstowe, which in later years became the Palace Hotel. Bishop’s Walk is a part of the Hope’s Nose to Wall’s Hill Site of Scientific Interest (SSSI) and the South West Coast Path runs through it.

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Berry Head cannon fort

Garrison Forts and Look-out Posts

At Berry Head discover two forts dating back to 1795. The Northern Forst housed 600 men plus cannons and protected Brixham Harbour from the threat of French invasion. The Southern Fort pritected the Northern Fort from land attack and contained a barracks, powder magazine, kitchen and store house.

At Peak Tor Cove, Torquay, there is a Second World War lookout post, now only a peaceful place, looking out across the tranquil water of Tor Bay to Brixham and Berry Head beyond.

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