Favorite thing: The Gamekeeper's Cottage is at the entrance to the woodland walk. The cottage nestles in the shadow of Manscombe Woods. The earliest record of the cottage is 1517, and the last gamekeeper to live here was in the early 1900s. The intriguing slatted area, just beneath the roof, was used to hang pheasants after a shoot!
Living Coasts allows the visitor to see above and below the waves where the sea meets the shore. There are waddling penguins, playful fur seals, colourful tufted puffins, sea ducks, terns, wading birds and much more. These are all housed in their own coastal environment surrounded by colourful plant life beneath a huge meshed canopy allowing the birds to fly freely. They're all at home in this amazing new environment.
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Rock Walk to a short walk between the Palm Court Hotel at the end of the Torre Abbey Sands and the Princess Theatre which is next to the Marina.
This is shown on the picture below!
Best walked at night (but not alone!), when the coloured lights make this a beautiful sight.
Rock Walk is also know as the Royal Terrace Gardens.
Between Torre Abbey Sands and Corbyn's Head Beach there lies a group of rocks and rock pools.
It's good fun to go walking, jumping or hopping around the rocks and looking for crabs or other sea life in the rock pools.
Be careful not be cut off by the tide!
During World War II, as part of the Operation Overlord plan to retake Europe from Nazi Germany, a total of 68 sets of concrete slipways were built at various English south coast towns between Falmouth and Felixstowe. These were known as "Hards" and were built to facilitate the loading of landing craft by troops and tanks for the initial amphibious phase, Operation Neptune, of the invasion on the beaches of Normandy.
Normally the hards were simple concrete ramps but here at Torquay the slipways were designed to take four troop carrying craft (Landing Craft Troop - LCT's to give them their proper names) simultaneously and were fully reinforced to cope with the volume.
Disembarkation began on the night before D-day, June 6th 1944, with the Torquay based troops of the US Army's 4th division bound for Utah Beach. During that assualt well over 23,000 men left the shore here - not quite the Pilgrim Fathers - just good ol' boys who wanted to give us the world in which we now live.
Bizarrely when the Borough Council were approached a few years ago with plans to commercially develop the harbour and turn it into a posh marina the council supported the plans which involved demolition of this historically-important construction.
To quote the World At War website - "...happily their attempted vandalism was thwarted by local residents and veterans..." The council shamefacedly about-turned and as well as keeping the hards commissioned a memorial which is sited on the wall of the new harbour offices.
Favorite thing: Torquay was a perfect town to study in, I had never been to England before and was really suprised to see palm trees and long, nice beaches! And to have nice weather all summer, I was prepared for rain :)
Favorite thing: At Torquay’s “Kents Caves” were found the first modern human remains although there is little evidence of any permanent occupation until the eleventh century records in the Domesday Book, but it is known that visits were made by Roman soldiers and there was a small Saxon settlement here called 'Torre'. In 1196 Torre Abbey was founded here and by the time of its dissolution in 1539 the abbey had become the richest Premonstratensian Monastery in England.
Favorite thing: Many of the old thatched houses are still owned and lived in by locals - so please remember they still enjoy some privacy!