Keep Britain Tidy recognised the best beaches in the UK this month, and Torbay’s gorgeous coastline received ten Seaside Awards and three Blue Flags – hurray! Quite a few of us from the Blue Chip team are lucky enough to live in Torbay, and we were suitably proud to see the bay’s golden beaches shine in this year’s awards.
The Seaside Award recognises beaches that meet Keep Britain Tidy’s high standards of beach management and water quality, and Blue Flags are awarded to those beaches that go the extra mile to exceed standards, so we’re thrilled to see so a smattering of each awarded to Torbay’s beaches.
The bay’s proud Seaside award beaches are Ansteys Cove, Breakwater Beach, Broadsands Beach, Goodrington Beach, Maidencombe Beach, Meadfoot Beach, Oddicombe Beach, Paignton Beach, Preston Sands and Torre Abbey Sands.
If you’ve visited Torbay before then you’ll already know that every one of its beaches and coves has a character that sets it apart from its neighbours, so it’s just a question of visiting them all until you find your favourite. Torre Abbey Sands is probably the most popular stretch of sand in the area, but if you wander a little further along the coast you’ll find smaller coves that manage to escape the crowds of summer.
For some reason, I love Meadfoot Beach for a stroll as the sun goes down. You can pick up the South West Coast Path from just behind the harbour and wander your way around to it, or park in the car park just beside the beach and enjoy the views as the sun sinks behind the beach huts. It’s just far enough from the harbourside to feel quiet all year round, and it’s the perfect spot for a walk and a chat after a busy day.
Just outside of Paignton, Goodrington Beach is another favourite. It’s one of those beaches that has it all, and as you make your way down to the sand from the cliffs you can’t help but smile. With golden sand, a colourful row of beach huts and the boating lake just behind it, Goodrington’s big enough that you can do your own thing. The steam railway runs just behind the beach too, and it’s pretty much obligatory to wave cheerfully to passengers when they chug their way past.
And then there’s Broadsands Beach, near Paignton. Just last week I was treated to an after-work picnic on the shingle at Elberry Cove while the afternoon sun warmed the sea, and we rounded off the evening with a wander along the Coast Path to neighbouring Broadsands. We strolled along beside the beach huts looking out to sea, and as I exchanged a smile with the elderly gentleman reclining in his deckchair, I knew I felt as lucky as he did to be in the bay.
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