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Devon Beaches and the Devon Coastline Along the 22 miles of the English Riviera coastline, some of which abuts the grounds of The Palace, there are many beautiful Devon beaches from wide sandy stretches to hidden rocky coves. So whether you're after a place to lay out your towel, build sandcastles, have a gentle paddle, ramble through a rock pool or just a quiet place to sit and watch the surf, you're sure to find a beach on our Devon coastline to suit.

Oddicombe Beach (Torquay) This is a sand and shingle beach just below the north end of Babbacombe Downs. Parking is half a mile from the beach. Steep access but try the cliff railway (great fun). No dogs, swimming safe with care, toilets, café, beach shop, deckchair/sunbed hire.

Babbacombe Beach (Torquay) A sand and shingle beach popular for sailing and fishing off the breakwater. Steep access from Beach Road, swimming safe with care, limited parking, dogs allowed, toilets, café, deckchair/sunbed hire.

Preston Sands (Paignton) Another long sandy beach with easy access but limited parking. Dogs banned, swimming safe with care, café, beach shop, deckchair/sunbed hire and beach hut hire.

Paignton Beach (Paignton) Long sandy beach with easy access, large grassy green adjacent and ample parking nearby. Lots of kiosks and cafes by the beach and amusements on the pier. Dogs are banned, swimming safe with care, toilets, deckchair/sunbed hire, pedaloes and family bikes. WALKS - A stretch of green and pleasant coast and countryside is never far away in Torbay. Torbay is blessed with a superb array of natural features along its 22 miles of coastline; the steep slopes that tumble down to the broad sweep of the bay; the cliffs and headlands that punctuate the Devon coastline; the green valleys that cut down to the sea; and the Victorian gardens and landscape planting that set off these natural contours. There are over 100 miles of footpaths and horse-riding routes which criss-cross Torbay. Some of the most popular walks include:

Walls Hill Walk 5km/3 miles (accessible via the hotel's grounds) This route follows two of Torbay's ribbon woodlands, up from sea level to the boundary of Torbay, and back down. On the way you will discover drystone walls overgown with ferns and trees, ancient wood-banks overhung with huge boundary trees and hazel coppice, flush with bluebells in spring. Bishop's Walk 4.5 km/3 miles (accessible via the hotel's grounds) An ever-changing coastal stroll along generally level ground, visiting Torbay's "other" limestone headland, Hope's Nose, the drama of Thatcher Rock and the hidden footpaths through Lincombe Woods to Kent's Cavern - ancient caves with signs of early human remains. Scadson Woods Walk 5km/3 m The route follows two of Torbay's ribbon woodlands, from sea level to the boundary of Torbay, and back down. On the way you will discover more beautiful drystone walls, old dams, leats and pumping systems deep in the woods.

South Devon AONB Events Programme

The South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty have made their own events programme for 2008. The AONB encourages enjoyment and exploration of this special place through a whole range of events as diverse as canoeing on the Dart by moonlight, survival woodland games, rockpool rambles and tasting fresh farm produce

Among the manys pretty villages and hamlets, South Devon features thirteen historic market towns surrounded by coasts and countryside and each boasts a rich and ancient heritage. You can visit all of these towns by public transport, so it is easier to plan your next route to a South Devon town.

Ashburton owns a rich heritage mixed with galleries and eateries. Bovey Tracey has a pretty cob and Dartmoor-granite market town. Buckfastleigh is a small market town with huge heritage. Chudleigh is a market and wool town just off the A38 Exeter to Plymouth road.

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