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Enjoy a stroll in the countryside, a wander in a woodland or a march across the cliff tops. What ever your pace we have a walk for you to enjoy with friends, with family or simply by yourself.

Berry Head cliff top view

South West Coast Path

The South West Coast Path is over 600 miles long and is England’s longest long-distance trail, stretching from Minehead in Somerset to Poole Harbour in Dorset. The Trust is responsible for the cutting and maintenance of the SWCP throughout Torbay. The 22 miles of Coastpath that runs through Torbay is a great way to experience the Bay’s dramatic geoplogy, amazing views and scenery and is the best way to experience the English Riviera Geopark. There are many points at which to start or finish your walk and you can use public buses to return to your starting point. Find out more about the South West Coast Path.

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Berry Head teenager sitting on cliff top

Berry Head

Walk around the headland and across the reserve taking in the breathtaking scenery, historic Napoleonic forts and the highest and deepest working lighthouse in the UK. Approximately 1.6 miles.

Why not try walking from Berry Head to Sharkham.

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Berry Head man with dog

Accessible Berry Head

There are a network of tarmac or laid paths into both the North and South Forts and there are two mobility scooters available to hire on site which can be picked up from the car park on arrival.

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Torquay from above

Walls Hill

A SSSI (for its geology and flora) and Ancient Monument (for its Bronze-Age field system), the steep cliffs offer great coastal views as well as woodlands at Bishop’s Walk. Try the Hopes Nose to Walls Hill walk, approximately 3.7 miles (6.0 km)

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Fields and sea

WOODLAND WALKS

Occombe, Scadson and Cockington Valley Woods include areas of Ancient Semi-Natural Woodland and many interesting historical features. Designated Local Nature Reserves, the woodlands connect Occombe Farm and Cockington offering walking and cycling routes. Start at Occombe Farm or Cockington and follow the way-marked route signs.

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Brunel Woods

Isambard Kingdom Brunel commissioned the design of a garden and house overlooking St Marychurch. He sadly died before the house was built and the garden become woodland but many of the species and features of Brunel’s time survived. There is a sculpture (know as Brunel’s Dance) in memory of the 1990 storms when the woodland was badly damaged and a network of paths to follow and great views over the Bay. There is a network of paths and some impressive views to admire.

 

Looking out to sea

Bishop's Walk

Bishop’s 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. This walk forms a section of the South West Coast Path and is a part of the English Riviera UNESCO Global Geopark. Bishop’s Walk is a part of the Hope’s Nose to Wall’s Hill Site of Scientific Interest (SSSI).

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Cockington

Occombe Farm Nature Trail

This 2km nature trail follows a short route through a mixture of woodlands and meadow. The Nature Trail is designed to be wheelchair and pushchair accessible using boardwalk and crushed stone. The first part of the trail from the Centre zig zags down a sloping field.

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Cockington

Cockington Estate Walks

Cockington Country Park has five walking routes that vary in distance. Stroll comfortably around the lakes, take a relaxed walk around Manscombe Woods or hike around the entire countryside estate! Pick up a walking map from our Visitor Centre.

You can folllow the Cockington Estate walk on a Tramper, an electric all-terrain mobility scooter designed specifically to cover rough ground, mud and grass safely. They can handle steep slopes and bumpy terrain with ease. Supplied by Heritage Ability, a Heritage Lottery funded project to make heritage sites more accessible. You can hire the tramper for use within Cockington Country Park, at the Cockington Visitor Centre.

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Cockington lakes

Tremendous Tree Trail

Walk around our historic Cockington Country Park and take part in our Cockington Tremendous Tree Trail. Enjoy Cockington Country Park with a walk around the estate, from Cockington Court and park trees to the special lakeside trees. See if you can find one of the tallest tree in Torbay or the Jamaican fiddlewood! We’ve a leaflet to guide you around the trail and to help you spot all the varieties.

Pick up a copy from our Visitor Centre

Roundham Head

A easy stroll around this headland in Paignton, offering stunning views out towards Brixham and across Torquay.

There are surfaced paths and pavements and the option to follow the path and steps on down to Goodrington Sands. The main route around the headland is accessible to wheelchair users and mainly flat. Approximately 0.9 miles (1.4km).

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Daddyhole Plain Walk

This short walk around Daddyhole Plain to Rock Walk offers great views of the Bay and the harbour. Stroll through an area once cared for by Victorian gardeners but that’s now preserved as a wildlife conservation area. Its rich in rare plants and with its own colony of the nationally endangered horseshoe bats in a former wartime lookout post. You will love the dramatic outlook over the cliffs and look out for the “London Bridge” rock arch. 1.9 miles (3.0 km)

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