Aveland House
Aveland Road
Babbacombe, Torquay, TQ1 3PT

Tel: +44 (0)1803 326622    Email: avelandhouse@aol.com

Local Information



The Local Area

The Aveland House is located in Babbacombe and a short walk from St Marychurch, if you would like more information on the history of the area please visit the torbytes website, where more information can also be found about the history of Torbay as a whole.

Information on the St Marychurch District Action Group who oversee horticultural and environmental improvement projects on publicly owned land throughout Torbay, including Tessier Garden in Babbacombe, can be found at their website with further information about Tessier Garden, including opening times, from the Tessier Garden Friends Group.



Local Transport

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2010 Events


Information on the 2010 Babbacombe festival in June can be found at the Babbacombe website. Before you book your stay with us check out the events and festivals taking place in the English Riviera during 2010 which can be found by following the link to the English Riviera website, more information on events and entertainment can also be found by following the separate link.



Fairtrade


The Aveland House promotes using Fairtrade produce in all its food within the hotel where possible, we also encourage our guests to support other businesses who promote the use of Fairtrade products. The Torbay Fairtrade Directory provides a list of cafes and restaurants and shops and supermarkets within Torbay who also support the Fairtrade Campaign.



Access information for English Riviera, including accessible restaurants, pubs, petrol stations, taxis and equipment hire, click here.

Local Transport Information



Walking


There is no better way of getting to know an area than through the soles of your feet, whether a short stroll or something a little bit more energetic. This approach is certainly true with regard to getting to know the English Riviera and its surrounding area.

There is a walk for everyone to experience and enjoy, from the energetic young family to perhaps someone who is physically impaired and requires wheelchair-friendly access. The English Riviera Tourist Board has put together a series of 16 beautiful walks in Torbay and the surrounding area, which take in some of the finest viewpoints in the country.

The English Riviera is encompassed by beautiful countryside, mysterious estuaries, tranquil villages and romantic moorland, all offering a great variety of walking experiences.

Details of nine popular walks around Torbay, produced by the English Riviera Tourist Board, can be downloaded from here. The Torbay Coral Coast walk can also be found on the BBC website. Details of the John Musgrave Heritage Trail, a 35 mile trail which takes in a large section of the South Devon landscape can be obtained from tourist information centres in the area or from the South Devon Ramblers Association.



Cycling


Cycling is a sustainable and healthy activity for all the family and a great way of getting some fresh air and exercise whilst also doing a spot of sightseeing. With more and more people taking to two wheels, now is the perfect time to explore the beautiful surroundings of the English Riviera and let a bike take you to places off the beaten track.

While Torquay may be built on seven hills, the road following the natural curve of the Bay are generally very flat and boast some stunning views offering a range of cycling routes to suit all ages, abilities and experience.

Bike hire is available from:

Cycle Hire
20 Dartmouth Road, 
Paignton,
Devon,
TQ4 5AQ 
Tel: 01803 521068

Torbay participates in Bike Week every June and offers a full range of activities from demonstration days to family cycle rides and mountain bike tasters. For more information visit www.bikeweek.org.uk.

The Aveland House has secure storage facilities for bikes during your stay, please let us know your requirements when booking  or contact us for more information.



Diving


Within 5 minutes walk of The Aveland House is Babbacombe Beach, one of the South West's leading diver training and scuba diving venues. The ease of entry, underwater topography and sheltered conditions, combined with the excellent and convenient shore side facilities have made it a household name for diver training organisations throughout the south of England.

For more information on diving at Babbacombe please click here. For all your diving equipment, Nitrox and training courses we would recommend divers down also located in Babbacombe.

The Aveland House has secure storage facilities for your equipment during your stay, we also have off road parking for small boats if required, please let us know your requirements when booking or contact us for more information.


Fishing

As you'd expect from a seaside resort like the English Riviera, the fishing opportunities are endless. There is unrestricted sea fishing off many of the beaches and headlands on the English Riviera and plenty of tackle shops ready to furnish you with equipment and advice.

Popular species found around the Bay include bass, flatties, mackerel, bull huss, mullet, dogfish, pollock, garfish and conger. All three harbours at Torquay, Paignton and Brixham offer a range of Torbay angling trips including specialist wreck and shark fishing for the more keen angler.

For more information on fishing in the Torbay area, torbayfishing.com is a great locally run website giving information on places to fish, beginners guides, forums and even information on identifying your catch.

The Aveland House has secure storage facilities for your equipment during your stay, we also have off road parking for small boats if required, please let us know your requirements when booking or contact us for more information.



Golf

If you fancy a golfing break then the English Riviera will provide you with the perfect round! With everything from pirate-themed crazy golf to 18 world-class holes with stunning views across the Bay, the English Riviera has all your golf needs down to a tee.

Torquay Golf Club
(5 minutes from Aveland House)
18 Hole, Par: 69/72
Delightful parkland course, with stunning views over Lyme Bay, Torbay and Dartmoor.
Handicap certificates required.
website: www.torquaygolfclub.org.uk

Churston Golf Club
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18 Hole, Par: 70
Situated in a staggering position on the top of the cliffs at the western end of Torbay, lying midway between Paignton and Brixham, the ground is boldly undulating in character and packed with natural features.
website: www.churstongolf.com

The Aveland House has secure storage facilities for your equipment during your stay, please let us know your requirements when booking or contact us for more information.