While we're looking at all the towns around Torquay, let's focus today on Dartmouth, a lovely little town steeped in history and well worth a visit.
Located south of Brixham, on the banks of the beautiful River Dart, Dartmouth's narrow, medieval streets full of galleries, restaurants and unique shops and beautiful aspect overlooking the picturesque estuary are a real treat for the senses.
Dartmouth has a rich seafaring history with its famous regatta and working port, and is home to the Britannia Royal Naval College which overlooks the town from a hillside above.
There are many sites of historical interest in Dartmouth, including the cobbled pavements of Bayards Cove and the English Heritage Dartmouth Castle, which sits at the mouth of the Dart Estuary. The castle is well worth a visit and you can even take a boat trip from the quayside at Dartmouth, which lands you a short walk from the castle entrance.
You can also take a pleasure cruise either upstream, where much of the renowned TV series 'The Onedin Line' was filmed, or along the coast to watch grey seals.
On land, the Paignton and Dartmouth Steam Railway is another trip worth taking, with steam trains running for seven miles from Paignton along the coast to Churston and on through the wooded slopes bordering the Dart estuary to Kingswear.
With its excellent shopping, high-class restaurants and glorious views, Dartmouth is well worth the trip on the car ferry from the north, even if you have to wait a little while.