Sightseeing In the English Riviera
Sightseeing In the English Riviera
Dartmouth is one of the most beautiful towns in England and is surrounded by many small villages such as Kingswear, Dittisham and Blackawton, and pretty coastal villages like Stoke Fleming, Strete, Slapton, Torcross, Beesands, Beeson and Stokenham.
You will find charming timeless villages by the rivers in the valleys and more by the coast that have some of the cleanest beaches in Britain, you can get leaflets for how to explore the area by public transport, by bicycle and on foot are available at the tourist office. Dartmouth is a prospering town situated on the River Dart in Devon's South Hams with its narrow streets, overhanging medieval houses and old harbours, a shelter for yachtsmen and tourists alike.
Dartmouth offers fine restaurants, galleries, marinas, antique shops and good places to stay, you can experience the unique history of seafaring by exploring streets such as Jawbones, Flagon Steps, Damnation Alley, Undercliff, Kings Quay, Old Rope Walk and Waterpool Lane. Here you can see unusual, old-fashioned buildings and an old Ship in the Dock, the Windjammer and the Floating Bridge are some of the best places to eat, drink or sleep.
Brixham is more famous as a fishing port, still active and producing a good catches daily. Originally competing with Torquay and Paignton, it eventually dominated and remained the only active port. In the 1800's as many as 250 vessels fished out of Brixham, from large trawlers to inshore boats, employing over 1,500 people.
The fishing industry all but collapsed at the end of the second world war. The old harbour originally nestled in central lower part of the town, with natural protection, has been replaced and protected by the new harbour and eventual breakwater.
Torquay is a place to relax, to soak up the atmosphere, to take in the scenery, the parks and the gardens and to enjoy the experience of a holiday in a classical English seaside resort, at all times of the year. Sporting opportunities abound and there is a complete range of accommodation to suit every taste and budget. A rich variety of evening entertainment is provided throughout the Bay, all year round. Torquay's waterfront is the focus of life in the town. Here you'll find the palm-lined promenade, seafront gardens, a lively harbour and an international marina.
The new Living Coasts attraction adds to the variety of the new waterfront and the illuminated bridge is a great backdrop to a relaxing evening drink. Yet within minutes of the town centre there are beautiful beaches easily accessible by foot, road or sea. There is an abundance of pavement cafes, pubs, restaurants and nightlife, good quality shops and a host of attractions to suit every interest. Torquay.com has created this site with the visitor in mind.
There are 22 miles of coastline, cliffs, coves and beaches and walks to rival any in the South West of England, with a climate that belongs somewhere much further south. There are opportunities for surfing, safe swimming, diving, sailing, angling and wonderful opportunities to study the natural wildlife at your leisure Stunning views are to be seen just about every where across the Bay, out over the English Channel , along the 40 miles of Lyme Bay to Portland Bill or inland towards the Tors of Dartmoor. Torquay is an ideal base from which to visit Dartmouth , Totnes, Exeter and Plymouth , all of which are only a few miles distant.
Dartmoor National Park is not just a place marked on the geography of United Kingdom; indeed it is a very special place. Faith has always been an important part of every culture, in Dartmoor National Park you will find quite a number of churches and monasteries that are both vital part of history and an important cord of faith to the present date. The Church House located in Widecombe, Devon has a very interesting past, for it played a pivotal role in the life of villages around it.
The church transformed from one phase to another according to the needs of the neighbouring villages. This Church House forms a major attraction around this area because it provides an interesting sneak in the social-culture of villages. Buckfast Abbey monastery is another jewel in the crown of Dartmoor attractions. It has fascinating architecture dating back to the era of English Medieval period. Though it is said to have been initially built around 1018 but you can also find huge a influence from Henry VIII, who reinstated the monastery.
Paignton's main visitor attractions are Paignton zoo and the Dart Valley Steam Railway. Paignton Zoo which covers 75 acres has conservation as a priority at and is committed to help in the conservation the plants and animals throughout the world.
The steam railway runs between Paignton and Kingswear, where the ferry can be taken to Dartmouth, for shopping or a trip o a pleasure boat up the Dart or back to Paignton or Torquay. Both of these make great days out.
Along the 22 miles of English Riviera coastline are 19 beaches and covers. Some, close to the town centre are wide, open stretches of sand with beach facilities such as cafes, beach huts and water sports. Many are smaller and more secluded. Several of our beaches hold coveted awards for cleanliness and water quality. Torbay is a naturally sheltered bay, creating a safe haven for ships of all shapes and sizes in stormy weather. Occasional easterly winds create our own winter storms however and this is when beachcombers make there best finds. Keep an eye on the weather pages. Also check out www.torquay.com and www.brixham.com
Stretching from the South side of Brixham to Maidencombe, the coast path around the Bay offers excellent and varied walking, with circular walks or point-to-point, with spectacular sea views and an exotic range of flora and fauna.
War Memorials have been mounted but the layout has changed very little since the 19 th century, and it is today a blissful place to enjoy a quiet lunch, overlooking the breathtaking sweep of coastline. It is worth stopping to visit Smeaton's Lighthouse, the Royal Citadel, and Plymouth Dome, all of which offer an insight into the city's history. The Dome offers a walk-through tour that covers everything from the Pilgrims' voyage to the Victorians' swimming habits (open 10-4 in the summer).
The Hoe's centrepiece is the beautifully restored Lido , a public pool situated on the very edge of the coastline, with a rocky outcrop separating it from the ocean. Created by the Victorians and restored in the last decade, the Lido is once again open for public use. You can swim between 12 and 6pm during term-time, and between 10 and 6pm in the holidays. If you don't fancy a dip in the fresh seawater, you can enjoy a drink at the Terrace Café Bar, overlooking the Lido.