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The area around Torquay has often been described as the English Riviera, on a sunny summers day it's not hard to see why. While in South Devon visit Exter - spend some time visiting its cathedral or stroll along the riverside. Paignton with its long south facing beach, brilliantly coloured cabins, pier and harbour has long been favourite with families. Visit Brixham to see a replica of Francis Drake's Golden Hind.





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Exeter City

Explore the historic and modern quarters of the city on the River Exe

The Waterfont

Exeter City

The docklands area has been rejuvenated and its pleasant to walk along the river bank or down by the old canals and docks.

The river is navigable for small craft, and you can hire canoes and other boats close by.

The area around the cathedral is great for just hanging out and relaxing on a fine day, though even if the weather is inclement there are a range of restaurants and pubs close by.

The area around the cathedral is great for just hanging out and relaxing on a fine day, though even if the weather is inclement there are a range of restaurants and pubs close by.

Exeter City

Exeter City

Exeter lies on the River Exe about 15km inland.
In Roman times, the empire in Britain stretched as far west as Exeter, and remains of their civilisation can be seen in the city.

The city which was established on a dry ridge overlooking a very navigable river which had a ready supply of fished to help sustain the early inhabitants, was already in existence before the arrival of the Romans.

Exeter is a good base for exploring South Devon including Dartmoor and further east into Somerset and Dorset.

The M5 takes you pretty much all the way to Bristol Airport and of course further east across England.

Exeter is a good base for exploring South Devon including Dartmoor and further east into Somerset and Dorset.

The M5 takes you pretty much all the way to Bristol Airport and of course further east across England.

Cathedral

Exeter City

The present day Exeter Cathedral was construct at the start of the 15th century, and boasts of the longest (uninterrupted) vaulted ceiling in England, though there has been a cathedral close to the site since the 11th century.

Over the course of a number of centuries from the 11th to the 15th a number of attempts were made at constructing a cathedral which would last the course of time. So today we see a cathedral with features from various architectural styles.

During WWII, in 1942, the cathedral suffered severe damaged as it was directly struck by a bombs.

Though in anticipation of an attack many of the important works and documents had been removed.

Interestingly, after the war during the reconstruction phase remains from the Roman period and original cathedral were found.


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Exemouth

Located on the mouth of the river Exe, this small seaside town, with it's long beach, is busy with visitors in the summer.

Exemouth Town

Exemouth

Exmouth is a small town overlooking the sea at the point where the River Exe joins the English Channel – hence the name Exmouth.

Along the water facing side of the town, a beach with soft sand and backed by dunes runs for nearly 3km.

The seaside looks South and west and gets a fair share of sunshine.

>Kite and wind surfing and other water sports are popular and keep the beach visitors occupied as they laze about watching the colourful sails.

The town is a good base for exploring the Jurassic Coast further to the east.

Exemouth's Waterfront

Exemouth

Close to the town is a nature reserve close point which protects the over wintering and summer migratory birds.

The town proper just up a few streets form the sea has excellent range of restaurants, cafes and bars.

Because the town is located downstream from Exeter and off the main motorway it can be a quieter place with less through traffic.

From the Dock or Harbour small river craft bring tourist upstream and along the coast to Torquay , during the early summer to autumn the boats leave regularly throughout the day.

A ferry also operates across the bay.


Further Reading on Wikipedia : Exemouth

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Torquay Riviera

Visit Torquay and the beaches around Paignton, explore the small harbour town of Brixham

Torquay

Torquay Riviera

Torquay, sometimes known as the English Riviera due to its pleasant climate. The town became a fashionable resort during the Victoria era and has retained its old world charm.

The town is on the east side of Torbay, and looks west out over Torbay and Lyme Bay.

The English Riviera runs from Torquay west along the beach at Paignton as far as Brixham.

The area is more British style Riviera with slot machines, crazy golf, fish and chips than French style Antibes.

Paignton

Torquay Riviera

Paignton, lies just west of Torquay on Lyme Bay. The opening of the railway to London way back in the 1860s helped to develop the area as a tourist resort .

The beach front runs all the way along Paignton front.

The green space Paignton Green, behind the beach is lined with colourful changing rooms, a reminder of the areas Victorian past.

During the summer the green hosts fun fairs, ice cream stall, and other fun activities.

Another sign of the past is the pier which stretches out into the sea.

With it’s activities for kids, friendly environment, Paignton has long been a holiday destination for families.

The area has a range of accommodation to suit all requirements from hotels, B+B to self catering.

On the west side of the beach there is a small harbour which caters for the odd lobster fisherman and the sailing enthusiasts.

There are regular bus and ferries to Torquay and further along the coast.

Brixham

Torquay Riviera

Just west of Paignton on a headland is the small fishing port of Brixham.

Being built on a hill, the streets can be steep as they descend towards the working harbour.

An attraction in the harbour apart from the boating activities, unloading of fresh fish onto the pier, the smell of fresh fish and chips is the replica of the Sir Francis Drake ship the Golden Hind.

From the pier you can book fishing trips, including shark and wreck fishing – off shore there are a number of wrecks which are popular with divers.

Boat trips along the coast and up the Dart river can also be booked locally.

Enjoy some great fresh fish and chips in the café along the pier.

Dartmoor

Torquay Riviera

The River Dart rises high in the moors, as two separate rivers, the East and West Dart.

The rivers join at the aptly named Dartmeet. On the moors there is a military firing range and a prison with the interesting name of Princetown.

Through the moors there are archaeological remains dating back to the bronze age – such as stone circles and burial stones.

Sherlock Holmes has long association with the moors while investigating the hounds of the Baskerville.

Don’t be surprised by the number of places with the name or part name of warren – as rabbit rearing was once a business activity.

The moors can be particularly beautiful in August / September when the heather is in flower.

Sheep and horses wander freely about the moors as nearly half the land is commage.


Further Reading on Wikipedia : Torquay

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Plymouth

The town of Plymouth is on the western edge of Devon, crossing the river by ferry takes you into Cornwall.

Plymouth Harbour

Plymouth

Plymouth is situated on the mouth of the River Plym.

Together with the River Tamar to the west, this water course, separates Devon from Cornwall.

The harbour and estuary is one of the world’s best natural harbours.

The town dates back to the bronze age and in Roman times it was a trading village at the westerly edge of the Roman empire.

The original town known as Sutton, at the turn of the 20th century was amalgamated with other towns close by into the city of Plymouth.

The town has a long naval history dating back over many centuries.

Barbican

Plymouth

Barbican has retained an olde worlde charm, while the rest of Plymouth was reconstructed after WWII in concrete.

The Barbican or the west and north sides of the old harbour still has a few streets with half timbered houses, Tudor style homes, narrow cobbled streets and lanes.

The term barbican refers to a fortified gate – probably the one leading to medieval fortress at Cattewater.

The city’s fish market was formerly located in the Barbican, though it has been moved to the opposite side of the town.

Torpoint Ferry

Plymouth

Torpoint Car Ferry crosses the River Tamar at Devonport (Plymouth side ) to Torpoint in Cornwall.

The service dates back to the early 19th century. The ferries drive themselves across the river by pulling on chains laid in the river bed.

Ferries run regularly every ten minutes at peak time and run 24/7.


Further Reading on Wikipedia : Plymouth


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