SURF OR TURF?
You might not think that the English Riviera is the place to go if outdoor activities are you thing, but how wrong could you be! Whether your preference is for walking boots or wetsuits, adrenaline or simply admiring the view, we have something for everyone.
Torbay itself is really one big waterpark. Indeed it was the site for the watersports events of Olympics back in 1948. Sheltered from most winds it's the ideal playground for those who don't mind getting wet. For land lovers there's equal enjoyment to be found with the renowned South West Coastal Path just two minutes walk from the the hotel's front door and the wild expanses of Dartmoor a short drive away.
Look no further than Torquay marina if you want to get your feet wet! We have everything from Jet Set Go jet ski safaris which are a fabulous way to discover the bay , novices welcome! Paddleboarders love the bay's calm, clear waters and we have several operators where you can hire boards and wetsuits. The same too goes for kayakers who will find Sea Kayak Torbay the ideal guys to show you the bay a slower pace than the jet skis. The free of spirit might prefer the thrill of coasteering, out rocky coastline and clear waters are the perfect playground for fans, check out Reach Outdoors for more info. For lovers of sail maybe a visit to the Royal Torbay Yacht Club will set you up. Failing that, if your aspirations are higher still the Sunseeker office in the marina might be able to help you find the floating gin palace of your dreams!
south west coastal path
Famous the world over and right on our doorstep. The path winds its way around the South West peninsula and delivers delight at almost every turn. Here at the Bay we offer two options for walkers of all abilities and they are quite simple. Turn left or turn right! Turning left rewards the walker with a reasonably rigorous walk of around three hours with a fair bit of up and down! Along the way you can catch your breath at the cafe on Ansteys Cove and even better, reward the end of your walk with suitable refreshment at the Cary Arms on Babbacombe Beach. If you're feeling up to it you can return the way you came or call for a taxi! The bar staff will be happy to oblige. Back to option two and turning right. This is far shorter, about 40 minutes and takes you around Daddyhole Plain and the headland, passed Petit Tor Cove and then down into Torquay Marina. Though much shorter than turning left, there are still a fair amount of ups and downs. So don't expect a gentle stroll, but your effort will be rewarded by some spectacular views across the bay.
700 miles of coastline
It's hard to know where to begin with Dartmoor. A wonderful and exhilarating place, Dartmoor’s 386 square miles has so many options for getting active. Explore the highest tors on foot, tackle the steepest hills on your bike, hack over the moor on horseback, brave a cold dip while wild swimming, try out kayaking and climbing or enjoy a sedate day fishing; there are so many options for exploring the National Park! Of course when you're not out on the moor itself there's still plenty to occupy you, such as a visit to Princetown, home of the infamous Dartmoor Prison and its fascinating museum. Enough to put anybody off a life of crime! One thing to say is that if you do go walking on the moor do dress in an appropriate manner. The weather can be extremely changeable and therefore dangerous even for seasoned walkers so please be prepared. We haven't lost a guest yet and we have no intention of doing so in the future!
Set within a spectacular ancient valley, Dartmoor’s famous Becky Falls has been attracting visitors since 1903. Enjoy breath-taking woodlandwalks, taking time to explore over 50 acres of woodland and streams which are rich in wildlife. There is a choice of trails to suit all ages and abilities. Choose the Blue Trail for a more gentle walk along the Becka Brook and through the ancient oak woodland. The Red Trail is where you will discover our stunning waterfall and its dramatic 70ft drop at the heart of the park.