Updated, April 2014: If I was going back home for a short break in or around south Devon, I’d do any of the following:
- Visit the prehistoric caves of Kents Cavern in Wellswood, Torquay, then down to the harbour and along the pier, finishing up at The Grand Hotel for a clotted cream tea looking across Tor Bay.
- Take a stroll around Cockington country park and onto Cockington Court for tea and/or cake, a hidden gem near Torquay’s seafront.
- Take a ferry trip from Torquay pier across to the famous fishing town of Brixham, approximately 35 mins, £2 return ticket was cheapest we found, at Pier ticket office. Stroll around the the harbour and marina, see the Golden Hind replica, Shoalstone freshwater pool and pick up a fresh crab sandwich.
- Optionally take a walk out past Brixham to Berry Head – a National Nature Reserve, sitting at the southern end of Tor Bay, a haven for wildlife -and take in the views across the south Devon coast.
- Take in the views up on Babbacombe Downs, Torquay with some fish and chips from Hanbury’s award-winning fish and chip shop.
Slightly further afield, but with a short drive of south Devon:
- Take a relaxing stroll along Teignmouth’s golden sandy beach with views of the Ness at Shaldon.
- Make your way up to Haytor Rocks to take in the views across Dartmoor and continue on to the picturesque village of Widecombe-in-the-Moor.
- Pay a visit to chilled out Totnes and on to the shops and cafe at Cider Press Centre in Dartington.
- Stop off in Paignton, get the steam train down to Kingswear and the ferry across to Dartmouth for an afternoon before taking the return journey.