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Southwest Coastal Path is a great hike if you plan to stay in Torquay. The views are spectacular! Entered the path just north of the harbor and headed north for several miles. This hike would be considered of average difficulty to most people, as there are many areas will stairs and inclines. Highly recommend.
The walk is a lovely shortish walk of about five miles, with beutiful cliff walks and very little road walking. From just beyond the Imperial Hotel, the coast path immediately takes you along the cliffs to Daddyhole Plain and then down to Meadfoot Bay. Continue along the bay, up the hill into Ilsham Marine Drive for a few hundred yards, then leave the road and turn right along the footpath towards Thatcher Point and Thatcher Rock, diverting down to overlook the rock. Carry on and rejoin the road for a few hundred yards more, then follow a footpath around Ilsham Marine Drive until the path goes to the right behind a couple of houses. That is Bishops walk and will take you to Ansteys Cove. Do drop down to the cove - theres a cafe there, and if its not high tide you can walk across rocks at the north end of the cove onto the beach, at the far end of which is a walk back up the cliffs. Eventually the path will take you down through woods to the Cary Arms if you always keep to the right and stay at the edge of the cliffs (there is a fence where its dangerous). At the Cary Arms if you can, sit at the Captains table outside for a beer and look out for dolphins in the bay.You can either then take the funicular cliff railway back up and get a bus back to Torquay, or just phone a taxi! Exceelent walk, 5 miles and about 4 hours with a couple of stops thrown in (the Ansteys Cove cafe serves beer!).