About Torquay - Geography
Devon covers a total of 2605 square miles (the third largest county in England)
and is located in the south west of England.
There are three main towns around the bay: Torquay (which is the capital of Torbay and South Devon) in the north, Paignton in the
centre, and Brixham in the
south, which have become connected over the years, swallowing up villages and towns such as St Marychurch,
Marldon, Churston Ferrers and Galmpton. Torbay is
bordered by the South Hams to the
south and west, and by Teignbridge to the
north. Nearby towns include Totnes and
Dartmouth in the
South Hams, and Newton Abbot and Teignmouth in
The southern limit of Torbay is Sharkham Point, and the
northern limit is Hopes Nose, although Torquay itself stretches further north into Babbacombe Bay, where the
beaches at Oddicombe,
Babbacombe and Maidencombe can be
found; these are noted for their interesting Breccia cliffs.
Torbay's many geological features have led to the establishment of the English Riviera Geopark;
as of July 2008, this is the sole urban geopark of the 53 geoparks worldwide.
Because of the mild climate, Torbay palm trees are a common sight along the coast.
However, this 'palm' is in fact a lily (Cordyline australis),
originating from New Zealand where it
is known as cabbage tree due to its edible young shoots. These trees also flourish elsewhere in the UK. It is
suggested that the popularity of cabbage trees in Torbay is attributable to their first being introduced to the
UK in that region.
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