Quite simply this weekend is one of our favourites, with a great hotel, excellent location, superb walking and lots of flexibility on both the walks and the duration. The stunningly rugged and beautiful South Devon coastline is some of Englands’ finest. The Livermead House has been one of the best loved places to stay in Torbay for well over a century and the hotel epitomises the traditional values that continues to charm; namely perfect service, elegant rooms and a genuine commitment to make every guest feel special. Considered one of the best hotels in the Torbay area with a wide range of leisure facilities, from heated outdoor swimming pool to mini gym, sauna and squash court. Even better the hotel is on the front between Torquay and Paignton and is within easy walking distance of the harbour so we can use the ferry's to sail to many of the walks. Oh and its just at the end of the M5 and has good rail links so its easy to get there too!
|Member Double Ensuite for Sole Occupancy||£449.00|
|Member Double Ensuite Share||£349.00|
|Member Single Ensuite||£419.00|
|Member Twin Share Ensuite||£349.00|
3 nights’ accommodation, 3 breakfasts, 3 picnic lunches, 3 evening meals and 3 days of guided walks with a choice of walk each day
Any local transport that may be used, buses and coaches, ferries to the islands
Guests: Guests & Non Members who are new to Spice are welcome to book at a £36 supplement though they may prefer to join to obtain the member rate and any deals that may be available at the time of booking/joining. Please call your local office to enquire about booking as a guest.
This event is organised and supplied by WalkWise UK Ltd, whose terms and conditions apply and for whom your local SPICE group acts as an agent. Those booking enter into a contract directly with WalkWise UK Ltd. For availability and bookings contact your local SPICE group directly.
The Livermead Hotel is one of the best hotels in the Torbay area. It is ideally located on the seafront between Torquay and Paignton. Today the hotel has been sympathetically and tastefully modernised to make the most of this enviable location with perfectly manicured gardens and an open air pool overlooking the bay. Delicious breakfast and evening meals are served in the award winning restaurant which offers a Table d’Hote menu to provide you with a delightful culinary experience and the sea views which are second to none compliment your stay.
There are perfectly appointed lounges where you can raise a glass or simply enjoy the view which are ideal to relax in all seasons. There are also charming gardens and classic country house grounds, just footsteps from the sea which are perfect for afternoon tea and you can take a dip in the delightful outdoor pool. For those that want something more there is a solarium and sauna, a large ballroom, indoor bowls squash court, snooker room and a fitness room
All Bedrooms are fully modernised and well appointed with en-suite facilities and either a bath or shower. Each bedroom is tastefully decorated and equipped with a colour television, hair dryer, tea/coffee making facilities and central heating.. Many of the bedrooms have sea views over the valley or gardens. The hotel also has a fabulous terrace, whose magnificent views entice you to sit in the sunshine, order a drink or two from the bar, and just sit back and enjoy life!
Around the Hotel: The hotel is centrally located in the heart of Torbay on the English Riviera. Just down the road is Torquay and Paignton both lovely seaside resort with beautiful sandy bays and a delightful harbour, around which the town is set. Being a sizable town it has all the attractions you would expect with a great theatre and leisure facilities. There are also a number of good links golf courses, beaches, water sports, boat trips, wildlife, fishing not to mention some excellent walking! Please ask our guides on the weekend for any further information.
Do you enjoy walking, fresh air and the company of fun like-minded people? Then yes it is ! To allow you to choose a walk that suits you best, we will provide a minimum of two walks on each day, led by professional and knowledgeable walking guides. On each day there will be a harder walk of 10-12 miles with up to 1500ft of ascent, and a gentler walk of 7-9 miles with less ascent. However, the programme is flexible and can be altered to suit your needs.
What to bring: To ensure that you are properly equipped, please take a moment to read through the ‘What to bring list’ and ensure that you have the necessary clothing and equipment.
Covid/Infection Guidance: As a matter of respect to other members when attending events, we ask that you take the following guidance into account. People with symptoms of a respiratory infection, such as COVID-19, and who have a high temperature or do not feel well, should try to stay at home and avoid contact with others. Those who are asked – or choose to test – and get a positive COVID-19 result should try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people for 5 days following the day of their positive result. Normal Walkwise Terms & Conditions apply.
Travel Insurance: It is also recommended that when travelling on holiday or attending Spice weekends away in the UK or overseas that you have adequate travel insurance in case of emergency, cancellation, etc. Travel insurance is an important aspect to booking a weekend or holiday, giving you protection against unforeseen circumstances. We also strongly recommend a personal travel insurance policy that includes COVID-19 cover. While we cannot recommend specific insurance policies as everyone’s requirements are personal to them, Spice have linked up with market leader Staysure Travel Insurance which you may like to take a look at.
Maps: If you like to follow your route on a map as you walk the maps we would recommend are: OL 20 South Devon & Explorer map 110 Torquay and Dawlish
You MUST have:
• Walking boots
• A Water bottle (minimum 1 litre)
• A Rucksack with a plastic liner
• Waterproofs: jacket and trousers
• A Warm hat
• Warm gloves (not leather)
• Thick walking socks
• Base layer: (thin thermal or warm T-shirt. Best not to be cotton as it gets cold when wet)
• Over layer: (warm sweater or fleece)
• Extra layer: warm top for when cold (eg. when stopped for lunch)
• Comfortable walking trousers (not jeans as they are too cold & heavy when wet)
• Personal Medication
• A face covering and hand sanitiser
• Smart casual clothes for the evening.
You may wish to bring:
• Trekking Poles
• Vacuum flask (if you like hot drinks on the hill)
• Medium size Tupperware container or plastic bag, to put picnic lunch in.
• Sit mat
• Sun glasses
• Lip salve
• Personal first aid kit
In good weather and/or summer, you may also wish to bring
• Short trousers
• T - Shirts
• Sun hat
• Sun tan lotion
In poor weather and/or winter, you may also wish to bring:
• Extra warm clothing
With over 130 miles of coastline, most of which either faces the sun or is sheltered from prevailing winds by the great shoulder of Dartmoor, South Devon has one of the finest coasts in England. Scattered along the coast are towering cliffs, broad sandy bays, craggy coves, rock stacks, sea arches, deep wooded estuaries, quaint villages, delightful resorts, all of which combine to make some of the most varied and beautiful coastal scenery in Britain. When you combine this with the mild climate of the English Riviera you have some superb walking.
With such a wealth of coastal walking to choose from, our only real difficulty is choosing exactly which sections to explore. Utilising the hotels location we can hop directly onto the coastal path and wander down to the harbor. From here there are regular ferry services across the bay to Paignton, Brixham and even around to Dartmouth and Teignmouth. What better way to start the day than with a relaxing cruise across Torbay. We can then have look around Brixham before wandering around the coastal path to Paignton and Torquay and if you’ve had enough you can hop on the ferry, or a bus, or even the steam train!
Another nice day is to wander out from the hotel towards Babbacombe and its beautiful secluded bays. There are 3 hidden bays along this section of coast each with their own café or country Inn and one even has a cliff railway so we can avoid the climb up the cliff. At Maidencombe there is a fantastic thatched pub which serves locally caught crab sandwiches in their lovely shady beer garden. At many point its then possible to curtail the walks and catch the bus back. But its nice to carry on along the coast through the RSPB Labrador Bay reserve (cirl buntings) and its possible to walk onto Shaldon or even on to Teignmouth.
A little further along the coast is the simply divine coastal walk between the picture postcard harbours of Dartmouth, Kingswear and Brixham. Here lie the superb promontories of Berry Head and Sharkham Point which provide super views panoramic views along the coast. The walking is varied and interesting with the path climbing over the cliffs above hidden sandy bays and through the wooded embankments revealing surprises around every corner.
Another of our real favourite walks begins at Slapton Ley. This section of coastline is not quite so rugged, but its definitely equal in beauty with delightful secluded bays, Mediterraneanesque blue waters and silver sand beaches. The stunning views encourage us onwards to the perfect finish, a ferry ride into Salcombe and its famous ice creams! There is also a delightful stretch of walking just east of Torquay which wanders along the gentle cliffs tops and then left down the Teign estuary, although this is only possible with the right tides.
So much to choose from!