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If you are staying in Torquay and like to go on long walks, you must follow the coastal path. You can join this from the harbour in the centre of Torquay and head east. The footpath is clearly marked and is therefore easy to follow. Someparts are easier to walk than others but the views you will get are absolutely stunning. Parts of the path involve walking on pavements at the side of the road where others will take you into woodland areas with views of the ocean. For those who don't like heights, don't worry, the path is secure enough and manageable for those of a nervous disposition. This walk is not for those with mobility issues as there are steep steps in places.
If heading from the town follow the headland round and you will eventually reach Meadfoot Sea Road. Turn right and follow the pavement down to Meadfoot Beach. When facing the sea, turn left and follow the pavement. At the end the road will turn to its left, but you need to turn right up the hill onto Ilsham Marine Drive. You will see a set of traffic lights controlling the traffic. Keep walking along and you will see a sign for the coastal path. You can follow this round if you wish (it will give you a closer look at Thatchers Rock) or you can stay on the main footpath. The coastal footpath will bring you back onto Ilsham Marine Drive further along the main footpath. You then have the option to go out to Hopes Nose, but you will have to come back the way you went as the path only takes you to the end of the headland and back.
Continue along Ilsham Marine Drive and take in the fantastic sea views and the large elegant houses. You will come across a path signposted "South West Coast Path". This is the one you will need to take to experience the true coastal track and the superb vistas along the way. This path will take you for some miles and you will eventually reach Oddicombe Beach and beyond. Before you get there, ensure you stop off at Anstey's Cove. There is a steep road (with some steps to the side) which will take you down to the sea, but the view you get when you reach the bottom is phenominal. A local man on the coastal path mentioned this place which may have been overlooked had he not given the information. There is an excellent cafe at the bottom of the cove providing every type of refreshment you could imagine, tables and chairs to sit at and admire the view and toilet facilities for those in need. There is a car park here next to the coatal path so it is possible to experience this facility without doing the coastal walk. Don't forget, don't eat too much as you will have to walk up the steep driveway (steps) to continue your journey.
Keep heading north along the coast (again the path is clearly marked) and you will go through woodland and have views over the cliffs. At the end of the path you will come across Babbacombe Downs which is a large open area of grassland where people exercise their dogs and take in the breathtaking views. Follow the fence around the cliffs of the downs and this will get you back onto the coastal path. Continue to follow the path which will eventually take you down to Oddicombe Beach. The Babbacombe Cliff Railway takes you to the top (£1.65 for adults) if you have had enough at this stage but the coastal path continues north of Oddicombe Beach, so if you have the stamina, keep going. Oh, and don't forget your camera.