Torquay at War
Torquay at War
This circular walk meets outside The English Riviera Tourist Information Office in Vaughan Parade, Torquay TQ2 5JG. See photo
The walk takes us past the Pavilion, along Princess Gardens and Princess Pier, towards The Grand Hotel and Torquay station, before returning via Torre Abbey, over Rock Walk, around the harbour, finishing at Haldon Pier.
For every walker that join us, £1.00 will be donated to the South West Coast Path in support of their efforts in maintaining this wonderful route.
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I booked on the "Hidden Harbour" walking tour with Graham Kerr in early September. The walk was around 2.5 hours and covered so much it is hard to... read more remember everything! Just a few of the topics included historical events, famous people, local architecture, geography, and of course, Agatha Christie. Graham presented the information in a very entertaining, interesting and fun way. His knowledge of the local area is incredible! It was one of the best walks I have been on and I would certainly recommend this tour to anyone visiting Torquay.
1st September 2021
Our tour, called 'Timeless Torquay', took us along the beautiful Torquay coastline, taking just under a couple of hours - although it felt like it went by quicker than that!... read more Graham, our tour guide, narrated our walk with stories about everything from Agatha Christie to the evacuees of WW2 and came across very knowledgeable. Although we thought we knew a bit about the area already, we were surprised at how much more we learnt! Would definitely recommend for anyone wanting to find out more Torquay and the surrounding area! We hope to do another one of the tours in the near future.
2nd February 2020
Cannot recommend enough. Graham was communicative and accommodating from the outset of us enquiring about our booking.
The tour itself was educational, entertaining, well-delivered, fun and full of... read more insightful and interesting facts. Graham is clearly very passionate about the history of Christie and Torquay and his positivity comes across throughout the tour.
12th September 2021
Graham gave us a fantastic walking tour around Torquay. As others have mentioned a historical adventure not just about Agatha Christie, but insights about the culture and how... read more Torquay was architected. We did tour at the start of our holiday and Graham went out of his way to give us ideas of things to do and places to eat. It is a must for visitors to Torquay and I would highly recommend.
9th October 2020
An absolute must for both visitors and locals. Graham is a fascinating and knowledgeable guy who clearly loves what he does. Informative and entertaining for everyone, young or old, wanting... read more a really nice way to spend a few hours in great company. Thanks Graham.
30th August 2020
Did the hidden harbour tour with my family. Graham took the tour, very informative, knowledgeable and approachable. Despite being a local, we learnt a lot about local history. Tour not... read more too long for my children and they were well engaged. Strongly recommend it. Thank you Graham!
22nd February 2020
Me and my family took this guided walking tour yesterday and cannot recommend it highly enough. Our guide, Graham, explained he history of the harbour as we did the 'Hidden... read more Harbour' tour. We found out that the amusement arcade was originally built to shelter sailors a big upgrade compared to the rope they were previously provided! We were given some history on the pavilion and how Agatha Christie was proposed to by a WWI fighter pilot. We laughed about the story of the hotel - Gleneagles, thankfully no longer an hotel - that inspired John Cleese to write Fawlty Towers and the traditional waiters race through the streets of Torquay!
26th August 2020
I have just been on a walking tour called ‘Beauty of the Bay’ and what an appropriate name for it, it wasn’t a sunny day but don’t let that put... read more you off the scenery is amazing.
We met Graham (the tour guide) in Torquay Harbour for what turned out to be a very enjoyable few hours. He is very knowledgable and has an obvious passion for Torquay and the surrounding area and is full of fun facts and stories
The walk itself took us out of Torquay and along part of the coastal path, it is not quite 4 miles with a number of steps and some rough ground - my Mum who was with me is 73 and managed easily but would definitely recommend a walking pole
I am very familiar with Torquay but doing this walk definitely opened my eyes to its charm and beauty
I believe this is one of a number of tours and would 100% recommend it, I will be making a return trip to try the others
24th January 2020
We have lived in the South Hams area for over 20 years and never really looked to Torbay. Decided to take the Babbacombe tour and so glad we did. Graham... read more is a fantastic host. He has an easy manner, his knowledge of the area is exemplary being both informative and interesting. As well as the more well known facts he has a wealth of little nuggets to share which set him apart from others. Time in his company flies by and we recommend booking with him at any time of year, you certainly won't be disappointed. Five stars Mr Kerr and we’ll be back for the Agatha Christie your and the War Walk tour with friends
10th October 2020
Took my mum (80) on this 3 hour walking tour with Graham. What a lovely chap he was. So easy to be with. He informed and amused us with... read more his stories of Agatha and other interesting anecdotes/facts. The time went so quickly and we thoroughly enjoyed it. Would definitely recommend. Would also take another tour with him if we are back in the area.
1st October 2021