A stretch of green and pleasant coast and countryside is never far away in Torbay. There are over 100 miles of footpaths, permissive routes and horse-riding routes criss-crossing Torbay.

Bay Walks  Opens in a new window is a programme of regular led walks aimed to improve health in the Bay.

If you are looking to improve your health, or would like to meet new people, then Bay Walks could be for you! It’s fun and sociable to walk with others, and in the process you will discover interesting and beautiful parts of the Bay, enjoy the view and feel healthier in all ways.

All walks are led by trained volunteers, are free and open to everyone. All walks are graded to allow you to choose the most suitable one for you. Short walks are recommended for beginners or those recovering from surgery or for those with mobility limitations. Most walks have two walk leaders to cater for all different abilities.

For more information regarding the routes, becoming a volunteer and how to get started please visit the  Bay Walks  Opens in a new window  website.

The walks were devised several years ago by the Brixham Buccaneers  Opens in a new window , a local charitable organisation which presents popular events during the spring and summer, including a series of eight Pirate Days in July, August and early September.

The full colour leaflets act as guides to the town and its history, as well as providing information about a family treasure trail and discount offers for people who complete the trail.

Both walks, which are also supported by Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust  Opens in a new window , Brixham Community Partnership and Brixham Chamber of Trade, start and finish at the Prince William of Orange statue on the Quay.

Blackbeard's Trail is described as a lovely, moderate, circular walk of about 2.5 miles, overlooking the town, harbour and sea from the northern side.

Buccaneers Way is a moderate circular walk of about two miles, offering wonderful views.

Blackbeard's Trail
Leaflet fo Blackbeard's Trail, a lovely, moderate, circular walk of about 2.5 miles, overlooking the town, harbour and sea from the northern side.
Buccaneers Way
Leaflet for Buccaneers Way, a moderate circular walk of about two miles, offering wonderful views.

The English Riviera Tourist Board have published a booklet promoting 16 walks in Torbay and the surrounding area. The booklet is available from the Tourist office. However, the English Riviera walks leaflet (see Related Documents) contains some of the walks that use a significant part of the PROW network.

Churston and Broadsands
A map of the circular walk for Churston and Broadsands.
Paignton Harbour and Roundham Head
A map of the circular walk for Paignton Harbour and Roundham Head.

The coastline of the English Riviera has been designated a national Geopark.

You'll discover 400 Million years of unique geology all within the 22 miles of coastline, from Berry Head to Hopes Nose and beyond.

For details on suggested itineraries for all abilities and interests, visit the official English Riviera Geopark  Opens in a new window  website via the link above. You'll also find more information on the geology behind this popular seaside resort and why it makes the site so special.

The Greenway Walk is a six mile trail around the estate of the Queen of Crime, Agatha Christie. This walk leads you to the National Trust’s historic Greenway  Opens in a new window from Torbay, following green lanes through the countryside of the South Devon area towards the Dart estuary and back through the village of Galmpton.

The John Musgrave Heritage Trail is a 35 mile trail which takes in a large section of South Devon’s wonderfully unique and varied landscape.

The trail is split into four sections:

  • Maidencombe to Cockington
  • Cockington to Totnes
  • Totnes to Dittisham
  • Greenway to Brixham

A large part of the trail is in Torbay. Details are available from the South Devon Ramblers Association  Opens in a new window .

This is a long distance route of 630 miles which follows the coast along the south west peninsula from Minehead to Dorset Poole Harbour. The Torbay section runs along the coast from Sharkham Point to Maidencombe.

Visit the South West Coast Path  Opens in a new window website for further information.