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The Highlights of Devon - Paignton



Paignton is famous for its long sandy beaches, paddler friendly waters and a colourful bustling pier, Paignton remains a popular traditional seaside resort. Paignton Pier first opened to the public in 1879 and has seen many changes over the years. Set at the centre of one of Torbay's best beaches, within an easy level walk to the town centre, station and buses, the Pier has plenty of parking nearby, many attractions on the open deck and inside, plus magnificent views of Torbay.

Like all of Torbay, Paignton was frequented by Victorians and some of the architecture still remains. Parts of Paignton can be found in the Domesday Book and has been a small fishing port in years gone by. The sea once lapped at where the railway crossing now is, until reclaimed.


Dartmouth Steam Railway

Travel on the steam railway from Paignton to Kingswear, then cross the River Dart on the foot passenger ferry to Dartmouth, where you board one of the boats for a circular River Cruise (approximately 1 hour duration) around the river and estuary. The cruise takes you to the mouth of the river passing Kingswear & Dartmouth Castles, Dittisham village, Britannia Royal Naval College and Greenway House – home to the late Dame Agatha Christie.

Keep your eyes peeled for the varied wildlife that can be seen – Dolphins, Seals, Herons, Egrets, Buzzards and Kingsfisher if you're quick enough!



Situated at the mouth of the beautiful Exe estuary and at the very beginning of the Jurassic Coast, Exmouth is one of the most picturesque holiday resorts on the south coast. Surrounded by the beautiful Devon countryside. Boasting one of the warmest climates in the UK, with a glorious sandy beach that is host to a variety of watersports, Exmouth has something to offer everyone. As well as being a very popular UK tourist destination, Exmouth is popular with ramblers as there are many beautiful walks. Also, it has SSSI status (Site of Special Scientific Interest), where rare birds attract keen bird-watchers.


Bicton Gardens

Spanning nearly 300 years of horticultural history, these magnificent grade 1 listed gardens are set in Devon's picturesque Otter Valley, between the ancient city of Exeter and England's Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site. The superbly landscaped park combines 18th century tranquillity with modern amenities to provide all year round enjoyment for everyone of all ages including historic glasshouses, a countryside museum, the Bicton Woodland Railway train ride, nature trail, maze, mini golf, restaurant and shop. All this makes us one of the most visited attractions in the South West of Devon.



Situated in the south west of England, right in the very heart of Devon, Dartmoor is a landscape of stunning views, awe inspiring granite tors, deep wooded valleys with fast flowing rivers, and rugged, wide open spaces. Protected by National Park status as Dartmoor National Park, it covers 368 square miles. The highest point is High Willhays, 2,037 ft above sea level. The entire area is rich in antiquities and archaeology.


The village of Widecombe lies within the beautiful valley of the East Webburn river (stream!). Its name is thought to derive from 'Withy-combe' which means Willow Valley.

The village is world-famous for its fair, held annually in September, which gave rise to the well-known folk song 'Widecombe Fair' and the characters of Uncle Tom Cobley and All.

For such a small village it has a large and splendid church, known as 'The Cathedral of the Moor', which has recently undergone some urgent restoration.

The Parish of Widecombe-in-the-Moor is still largely a farming community, it is also a well-known all-year-round tourist spot and the village population is more than doubled by the daily visitors. 

Day 1

We depart Cumbria in the morning for the journey south via the motorway system to Torbay and our resort of Paignton on the English Riviera. We will arrive at our hotel, the Redcliffe in ample time to freshen up before dinner is served in the hotel.


Day 2

Day to explore the traditional seafront and lively town centre of Paignton. Dinner at the Redcliffe Hotel.

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Day 3

Steam and cruise today. Following breakfast we have a short walk to the train station in Paignton, here we join the Dartmouth Steam Railway for a nostalgic train journey along the coast and through the scenic countryside of the Dart Valley to Kingswear, where we take the ferry across the harbour to historic and maritime Dartmouth. Time at leisure before we have a 1 hour cruise on the River Dart, before joining the ferry back to Kingswear and the train back to Paignton. Dinner in the hotel.

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Day 4

Today we visit Exmouth; a lovely regency seaside resort situated at the meeting point of the River Exe and the English Channel. We then continue on to Bicton Gardens, spanning nearly 300 years of horticultural history, these magnificent grade 1 listed gardens are set in the picturesque Otter Valley. We return to Paignton for dinner.

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Day 5

A full day tour of Dartmoor, one of the largest National Parks, we will visit the picturesque village of Widecombe-in-the-Moor and Buckfast Abbey. We return to Paignton for dinner in the Redcliffe Hotel.

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Day 6

Sadly after breakfast we must leave Paignton for the return journey to Cumbria. Coffee and lunch stops will be made en-route and we are due to arrive home early evening.


B=Breakfast Included, D=Dinner Included

Redcliffe Hotel

Situated on a promontory dividing the two sandy beaches of Paignton and Preston, the Redcliffe boasts the best position on the English Riviera. It has a 400 metre water frontage, at sea level, in the very centre of the outstandingly beautiful Torbay.

Sea views, from elegant Torquay on one side to the quaint fishing port of Brixham on the other, can be enjoyed from all public rooms, many of the bedrooms and from our large seafront sun terrace. 

Facilities include:


     Sea- view restaurant offering friendly & efficient service and traditional British/French cuisine. Table d'hote dinner menu with fresh local produce which changes daily.

  • Indoor leisure complex/Spa with pool, sauna, steam room and spa pool

  • Attractive bar serving lunchtime snacks and evening bar meals

  • Sun terrace overlooking the sea & coastline

  • Gardens with putting green

  • Comfortable residents lounge

  • Good free Wi-Fi service to all rooms

  • Outdoor pool and sunbathing area (summer season)

  • Tunnel to beach (summer season)

  • Hairdressers and Beauty Salon

  • Good free Wi-Fi service to all rooms

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Contact Details
Appleby The Sands Appleby
Aspatria Car Park beside Spar Aspatria
Brough Monument Bus Shelter Brough
Carlisle Entrance to Sands Centre Car Park Carlisle
Cockermouth Monument Main Street Cockermouth
Dearham Commercial Corner Dearham
Distington Outside Prospect Works Distington
Egremont Conservative Club Egremont
Flimby Railway Station Flimby
Harrington Galloping Horse bus stop Harrington
Keswick Bell Close Car Park Keswick
Kirkby Stephen Market Square Kirkby Stephen
Maryport Outside Coop Maryport
Penrith Sandgate Bus Station Penrith
Shap Village Hall Shap
Tebay Old Services Car Park Tebay
Thursby Bus Stop Thursby
Waverton Bus Stop Waverton
Whitehaven Bus Stop Tangier Street Whitehaven
Wigton Old Bus Station Wigton
Workington Lay By opposite Grahams Travel Jane St. Workington
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