o Plymouth. TORQUAY. 17. Route. 137
for each package carried outside). — Motor-Omnibus to Torquay and Torre
stations; to Paignton (22 min.; 4d.). — Coaches daily in summer to Dartmoor.
Steam Launch to Paignton (p. 138) every 72 hr. in summer. — Steamers
and Sailing Yachts make excursions in summer. — Rowing Boat is. per
hr.; with boatman, Is. 6d. for the 1st, Is. for each addit. hr.
Bathing Machine 6d. — Public Baths at the head of the Pier (PL C, 4).
Theatre in Abbey Road; performances daily in the winter season.—
Bath Saloons (concerts, etc.), Palm Garden; Concert Hall, Princess Pier. A
Band plays daily (12-1) on the Strand.
Torquay, a town of modern growth, with 33,625 inhab., beauti¬
fully situated at the N. W. angle of Tor Bay, is a favourite resort
of persons with delicate chests, on account of its mild and equable
climate; and it contests with Brighton and Scarborough the title of
Queen of English watering-places. In winter the thermometer
seldom descends to 36° Fahr., while in summer the maximum heat
is about 77°. The town, seen to greatest advantage from a boat in
the bay, is spread over a number of small hills, which rise in ter¬
races above the sea, and are dotted with well-built villas em¬
bosomed in a luxuriant semi-tropical vegetation scarcely paralleled
elsewhere in England. 'It reminds one of Newport', says an American
writer, 'in the luxuriousness of its foliage, the elasticity of its
lawns, and its masses of flowers'. The bathing and boating are ex¬
cellent, and the environs abound in charming walks and drives.
Torquay is an important yachting station, and an annual regatta is
held here in Aug. or Sept., while packs of harriers and fox-hounds
are within easy reach. Golf is played at Babbacombe Down (p. 138)
and at Churston (p. 138).
The ruins of Tor Abbey (PL A, 3; 12-14th cent.), which may
be viewed from Torbay Road, are not open to the public, but St.
Michael's Chapel (PI. A, 1; E.E.), on a commanding site near Torre
station, may be visited. The *Museum (PL D, 3; adm. Is., or by
member's order), in the Babbacombe road, contains a well-arranged
collection of the bones found in Kent's Cavern (p. 138), The
Inner Harbour (PL C, 3), which is skirted by the Strand, one of
the principal promenades, lies about I72 M, from the station. On
the W. side of the Outer Harbour extends the Princess Pier and on
the S.E. side is the older Promenade Pier (adm. Id.), near the
landward end of which are the.Torbay Yacht Club and the Public
Baths and Assembly Rooms (PL C, 4). Beyond the Imuerial Hotel
a public walk, commanding a good view of the bay, leads to a spot
called the Land's End, beyond which is a natural rock-arch known
as 'London Bridge' (PL D, 4). The industrial specialty of Torquay
is the making of articles in terracotta; visitors are admitted to the
works of the Torquay Terracotta Co. at Hele Cross, near Torre station
(PL A, 1), and the Watcombe Terracotta Co. (p. 138).
Walks and Excursions. From the Torbay Yacht Club we may ascend
by Parkhill Road to Daddy Hole Plain (PL D, 4), an elevated plateau
commanding a good view. Thence we descend to the sandy bay known
as Meadfoot (PI. E, 4), on the hillside above which are the public Manor
Gardens. Torquay may he regained via the picturesque Lincomhe Drive,