No.1 Full day: Drive to Totnes (25 mins) and walk around this delightful bohemian market town, with its 41 independant cafes. Park at Steamer Quay and walk over the bridge into town and up the high street. Drive on to Dartmouth (25 mins) and visit this pretty town, famous for its sea-faring activites and regatta in August. Maybe have lunch and take a boat cruise on the river, or walk to the castle at the entrance to the estuary. Drive back to Torquay via the lower Ferry (small fare). On the way back, turn off the A3122 to Cornworthy/Tuckenhay (very narrow lanes) and drop in for an early evening drink (and/or meal) at The Maltsters or our favourite country pub, The Waterman's Arms, which has tables right by the river and the old historic stone bridge.
No.2 Full day: Drive to Salcombe in the South Hams district (1 hour). Parking in the village in summer may be a challenge, so park outside and walk. Enjoy the cafes and small boutiques. Maybe hire a motorboat (no license needed), or take the small boat-ferry across to the sandy beach on the other side of the estuary, or the bigger ferry to South Sands beach. Visit Salcombe Gin and Salcombe Dairy Icecream! Drive on to Bigbury-on-sea (30 mins), famous for its island and hotel that inspried Agatha Christie. Take the sea-tractor across to the island at high tide, when the island is cut off. Enjoy the beaches and views. Drive on to Richmond (15 mins) and its lovely village pub "Dolphin Inn" for a drink and a meal. Drive back to Torquay takes around 1 hour.
No.3 Full Day: Take the "round-robin" steam-train and river cruise tour. Catch the 10a.m. bus from Torquay harbour (Debenhams) and ride to Paignton, from where you take the steam train to Kingswear, just across from Dartmouth. Tae the feryy and have time in Dartmouth. Then onward to Totnes with the Dart River cruise. Return to Torquay by bus. Look for the leaflet in The Torcroft, or go to www.dartmouthrailriver.co.uk. Bear in mind that the tour may go the other way round (i.e. Totnes first). Timings of the cruise depend on the tides on the river Dart.
No. 4 Full Day: Drive to the pretty village of Shaldon (20 mins) and visit the little zoo , cafes and the lanes. Take the ferrry boat across to Teignmouth (leaves from the beach!) and enjoy the promenade and town. Return on the ferry (small fare). Drive on across the bridge via Teignmouth to Dawlish (20 mins) and visit this little town on the sea, with its river running down the centre of town. Walk some of the South West Coastal Path (here is the famous railway line built by Brunel, which was washed away in the storms.). Drive on to Dawlish Warren and take time on the sandy beach. Return to Torquay in around 40 mins, if you wish, dropping in at one of the lovely pubs in either Maidencombe (Thatched Tavern), Combeinteignhead (Wild Goose Inn) or Stokeinteignhead (Church House Inn - one of our favourites for food!).
No.5 Half Day: Drive or take the bus to Babbacombe. Walk along the famous Downs and down the very steep road to the Cary Arms, where you can take refreshments. Walk along the path by the sea to Oddicombe beach opposite on the bay, where you also have the choice of dropping in at 3 Degrees West. Take the 1920's cliff railway up to the top of the cliff and return to Torquay either by bus or car. You may also prefer to walk to Babbacombe from The Torcroft along the South West Coastal Path (about 2 hours) and return by bus. It's a stunning walk.