138 Route 17. PAIGNTON, From Exeter
which skirts the N. side of the gardens; or we may extend our walk by
following the Sea Road along the S. of the gardens to Ilsham Lane, which
strikes inland to Ilsham Grange (PL F, 2), a farm-house of the 15th cent.,
formerly belonging to Tor Abbey, and situated at the head of a beautiful
combe. A little farther on we join the following excursion.
The following *Walk need not take more than a short half-day, un¬
less prolonged by boating or bathing. Starting from the harbour we pass
through Torwood St. and ascend the Babbacombe road (PI. D, E, 3)
till we reach a notice-board indicating the way (right) to Kent's Cavern
(PI. E, 2; open 10-5; 1-3 pers. Is. 6d., each addit. pers. 6d.), a limestone
cave less interesting for its extent or stalagmites than for the extraordinary
quantity of bones and flint implements found here, and their important
testimony to the antiquity of man (comp. p. 137). — After visiting the
cavern we return to the road and follow it to the foot of the hill, where
a sign-post shows the uphill way to the left to 0/2 M.) "Anstey's Cove
(PL F, 1). A notice-board to the right, with an inscription in verse,
marks the point where we leave the road to descend to this pretty little
bay, where boats and bathing-machines may be hired. — We may now
either cross the ravine and take a path along the cliffs, or return to the
road and follow it to (1 M.) Babbacombe (PL D, 1; Royal Hotel, R. or D.
3s. 6d.), where we descend to the right (sign-post) to 'Babbacombe Bay,
another rock-girt bay, where beautiful effects of colouring are produced
by the white beach, the red cliffs, the green trees, and the blue sea.
Boats may be hired here, hut bathers must go on to Oddicombe Beach,
forming an additional wing of Babbacombe Bay. Simple refreshments
may be obtained in the quaint little Cary Arms Inn. The 'View from
Babbacombe Down embraces a long line of coast in both directions. At
St. Marychurch, adjoining Babbacombe, is a handsome modern Roman
Catholic Church. From Babbacombe we may go on by boat or by road to
(I74 M.) Watcombe, with its Giant Rock and its terracotta works; or we may
return direct across Warberry Hill (PL D, 2; view) to (2 M.) Torquay.
To the W. a pleasant walk may be taken through typical Devonshire
lanes to (f/4 M.) Cockinglon, with its ivy-clad church; (4 M.) Marldon,
the church of which (14-15th cent.) contains several monuments of the
Gilberts of Compton; and (5 M.) Compton Castle (now a farm - house),
erected in the first half of the 15th century. Longer excursions may be
made to (8 M.) Berry Pomeroy Castle (p. 140), Dartmouth and the Dart (see
below), Teignmouih (p. 135; by the coast), Dartmoor (p. 143), etc.
On resuming the railway - route to Dartmouth we soon reach
(8 M.) Paignton (Esplanade; Gerston; Commercial), a favourite
watering-place and health-resort, with an excellent sandy beach
and a pier. Beside the interesting Church rises the Bible Tower, a
relic of an episcopal palace, named from the tradition that Bishop
Miles Coverdale, the translator of the Bible, was its last occupant.
— 10'/2 M. Churston, with golf-links.
A branch diverges here on the left (fares 4d., 3d., 2d.) to (2 M.) Brixham
(Bolton; Globe), a small fishing-town noted for its trawlers, with a statue
of William ILL, erected to commemorate the two hundredth anniversary
of his landing here in 1688. The rock upon which William stepped from
his boat is preserved on the pier. About 174 M. to the E. is Berry Head,
with traces of Roman occupation; and in the other direction, not far
from the Bolton Hotel, is Brixham or Philp's Cavern, second to Kent's
alone in the interest and extent of its bone relics.
The railway ends at (14y2 M.) Kingswear (Royal Dart), whence
passengers are ferried across the Dart to (^4 M.) —
Dartmouth (Castle, opposite the landing-stage, R. 4s. 6d., D. 4s.;
Raleigh, R. from 3s. 6d., D. 3s. 6d.; King's Arms; American Con¬
sular Agent, Jasper Bartlett), a quaint little seaport of 6579 inhab.,