Paignton has possiby the best beaches on the English Riviera and also some of the best coastal views.
Harbour Lodge is ideally placed to explore on foot. Take a stroll around Roundham Head, with panoramic views of Torquay and Brixham, explore the small picturesque harbour where ferries to Torquay and Brixham, fishing trips and other leisure craft operate. Discover the secluded Fairy Cove nestling beneath Roundham Head.
Wind your way down the Cliff gardens to the beaches and Youngs park at Goodrington.These popular deep sandy beaches feature a wide promenade backed by beach huts sheltered by the embankment of the steam railway line. Where else can you sit on the beach and wave to the passengers in a passing steam train?
But the views and surprises don't end there, continue along the coast path next to the steam railway line and find the secluded coves and the many spectacular views across the Bay.
Paigntons attractions include:-
Then there is history and heritage. Before the arrival of the railway the main town of Paignton was situated inland and most of the area on the seaward side of the railway line was marshland. The harbour was a working harbour, the main activities being fishing and the transportation of the areas main products, clay and cabbages. There is still evidence of those days around the harbour and up in the Palace Avenue area of the town.
Paignton is located within a few miles of the Dart valley and is an ideal base to explore the wider south Devon area, designated an area of outstanding natural beauty (ANOB) . Take a scenic 5 mile trip through typical Devon countryside to Kingswear and take one of the unusual ferries across the river Dart to Dartmouth where there are many river trips available. Further upstream explore the ancient maket town of Totnes with it's interesting range of shops. How about a visit to one of the unspoilt villages along the Dart Valley such as Stoke Gabriel or Dittisham.
The National Trust houses and gardens of Greenway (The Agatha Christie holiday home), Coleton Fishacre and Compton Castle as well as English heritage castles all within a 5 mile drive.
Paignton gives easy access to the ruggedness and villages of Dartmoor, The cities of Plymouth and Exeter are both easily accessable by public transport.
All make a fantastic day out, a change from the seaside.