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Saltern Cove in Goodrington

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Saltern Cove & Oyster Cove

Saltern Cove & Oyster Cove are only a 4 to 5 minute stroll along the coast path from Goodrington Sands in Paignton.

Access to Saltern Cove is from the coast path over the old stone bridge, which spans over the steam railway line, a great position to watch the steam train puffing its way from Goodrington up the slight incline, especially on a damp drizzly day, when with great effort, with wheels slipping on the damp track, the steam train, metre by metre, will it or won´t it, chugs pass under the bridge on its way to Kingswear, Dartmouth.

Across the bridge you enter a field with absolutely fantastic sea views across the whole of Tor Bay from Thatcher rock in Torquay to Berry head in Brixham. Popular with dog walkers, there are quite a few benches where you can sit and take in the view. From the field you can access both Saltern Cove and Oyster Cove.

Saltern Cove is a site of special scientific interest and a local nature reserve. Uniquely in Britain, the local nature reserve extends underwater to a point 376 metres below low water mark. Torbay's Marine World is a hidden jewel with 16 marine sites of national importance, including Saltern Cove. Visit the Seashore Centre by Goodrington Sands Beach where they are trying to unlock the box to reveal this great jewel.

Follow the coast path up from Saltern cove, which climbs for about 200 metres and you come to Sugar Loaf Hill, which has the most spectacular breathtaking views you can imagine of the bay.

Oyster Cove
Field above Saltern Cove & Oyster Cove
Saltern Cove
Armchair Rock - Saltern Cove

Continue on along the coast path for about a mile and you will come to Broadsands beach, A short distance on from Broadsands you get to the pretty beach of Elberry Cove, a picturesque shingle beach, secluded, and surrounded by woodlands, where the path then goes through woods before emerging at the edge of Brixham harbour, with it's imposing breakwater and on into the centre of Brixham.

Goodrington Sands Beach - The perfect place to be for your Paignton holiday by the sea