Despite being regarded as a family friendly traditional holiday seaside town, Paignton has a number of attractive coastal walks that can be enjoyed for free.
As the town is in the centre of Tor Bay there are sea views across to Torquay and in the other direction, Brixham. And a walk up to Roundham Head is an ideal spot to enjoy these views from. From the centre of town, this walk takes you past Paignton’s picturesque harbour up to the cliff top where uninterrupted sea views can be enjoyed. It’s a great spot for watching the wide variety of boats on the water from leisure craft to ferries crossing the bay to trawlers and the occasional visiting tanker, cruise ship or naval vessel.
On the far side of Roundham Head, the landscaped Goodrington Cliff Gardens lead down to the beach and park, which are illuminated on an evening. And for the really energetic, you can continue the coastal walk to Broadsands Beach and Elberry Cove where more viewpoints and photo opportunities can be discovered.
Paignton is predominantly on the level, so a seafront stroll is a perfect way to relax on holiday for all levels of mobility. From the main town beach along to Preston sands or onto Paignton Pier, access is easy at any time of day. Early in the morning, the sea is typically very calm and relaxing, so why not do as the Victorian forebearers and take in the sea air, or for the brave a dip in the sea?
Oldway Mansion is around ½ a mile from the centre and home to 17 acres of gardens, modelled on an Italian design – well worth a visit for keen gardeners.