We (Peter and Helen, the owners of The Somerville), are avid Coastal Path walkers. Indeed, in recent times we have just about completed the South Devon stretch. With that background, we like to think we're in a good position to advise our guests about routes - whether you are keen on an easy stroll or a lengthy hike!
On this page are just three of the many walks we do in the nearby area. Do feel free to ask for more suggestions and ideas.
1. Torquay marina to Babbacombe along the South West coastal path. This is five miles and all uphill but the effort's made worthwhile by delightful views of the bay as well as taking in Ansteys Cove and the views from Babbacombe Downs. It's just a bus ride back down the hill to The Somerville, but that's after a well-deserved pint at the Babbacombe Inn or, if you are brave enough, the Cary Arms. We should mention that the walk to the Cary Arms includes a steep decline but it's a wonderful setting, where you can often see the fishermen feeding the seals.
2. Ferry to Brixham (£3 return ), then a 40 minute walk up to Berry Head with its outstanding views of the whole bay. There's a great café at the top, so stop for crab sandwich and coffee, then walk back down to the harbour to take the ferry back. The ferry takes 30 minutes with a commentary of the bay included - it's really great value.
3. Labrador Bay to Maidencombe - which is only four miles and a circular walk but it's really not for the faint hearted as there are some VERY steep hills to climb. If you are up for it, it's worth it for the spectacular views. As always, if we can recommend some refreshment along the way we will - and this walk goes by the Thatched Tavern pub - a convenient half way round.