My approach to the famous seaside town on Torquay was on foot. I was in neighbouring Paignton and it didn’t look too far around the sands of Torbay. This was my first close encounter with the red cliffs that characterise the area. As an Australian I have seen my fair share of red dirt, but I didn’t expect to see it on the English coastline.
Famed for being the home of Agatha Christie, Torquay has been dubbed the English Riviera for its warmer climate and beach lifestyle.
Tourists can enjoy the shops and restaurants that line the waterfront.
You can even go for a ride on the famous red train.
Small boats take shelter in Torquay Harbour near the bustling centre of the town.
Yachties from the UK and beyond find shelter in the large marina at North Quay.
Despite all this fun and relaxation, Torquay is also a working port, as this jumble of nets on the harbour walls testify.
Those last two images contributed to the Fishing Boats of Devon and Cornwall Greeting Card series.
After a full day of sightseeing and photography it was time to leave Torquay and get the bus back to my accommodation in the town of Totnes. At this point I realised I had left my jacket somewhere. Retracing the walk back to Paignton did not seem so appealing in the late afternoon, but I was reluctant to give up on the only warm jacket I had with me. These are the extra little moments that make travel interesting. Fortunately I found the jacket in a park where I had sat briefly to make a phone call and was able to get the bus as planned.