Getting to Muntham
The vast majority of visitors to Torquay and The English Riviera come by car. Road connections are generally good although it is wise to give some thought to planning the journey at peak times such as the start or end of Bank Holidays.
In 2015 the South Devon Relief Road opened and it made the last few miles into Torquay a real breeze. (Currently SATNAVs tend to be a bit baffled by the new road but soon get over it). An alternative route into the Bay is via Teignmouth and this is a pretty and scenic way to enter.
Rail travel has seen something of a renaissance in recent years and services to Torquay remain pretty good and reliable. For most journeys to and from Torquay there will be a necessity to change either at Newton Abbot or Exeter. Services to and from London Paddington are operated by Great Western Railways (formerly First Great Western). There are good railways connections to and from other parts of the UK and rail services run as far as The Midlands, Yorkshire, Tyneside and on up into Scotland as far as Aberdeen. These services are operated by Cross Country Trains. Rail travel in the UK has a reputation for being expensive but this needn't be the case and real bargains are possible; the golden rule is to: Buy tickets online as far in advance as possible. The most espensive way to buy train tickets is at the station just before boarding. Torquay railway station is on the western side of the town (rather than in the town centre). It is about 3.5km from The Muntham Apartments. Taxis are plentiful at the station and a trip to Muntham should cost between £8.00 and £10.00.
Coach services operate between Torquay and a wide variety of UK destinations but particularly London. National Express is the largest operator. The Torquay coach station on Lymington Road is only a five minute taxi ride away from Muntham.
Exeter Airport is about 40km away and flights operate to and from diffferent parts of the UK including London as well as a number of international destinations. It is possible to pick up car hire at the airport and alternatively a taxi to and from Torquay will cost about £45.00 which when split between a number of travellers is good value for money.
The nearest sea port is Plymouth. From here Brittany Ferries operates services to and from Roscoff in France as well as Santander in Spain. Plymouth is about 70km away from Torquay and an hour's travel time or thereabouts. Torquay can therefore make a great stopping off point for visitors from other parts of the UK who are on the way to or from France and Spain.
Getting around when you are staying at Muntham.
Stagecoach is the biggest bus operator in the area and provides high frequency services that link the towns of Torquay, Paignton and Brixham within the Bay area as well as Dartmouth, Teignmouth, Dawlish, Exeter and Plymouth beyond. The nearest bus stops to Muntham are just outside St Matthias' Church which is a five minute walk away. High frequency bus services operate from these stops and you never have to wait more than a few minutes for a bus. Depending on your destination it is necessary to change at Torquay harbour as this does tend to act as a hub for bus services. Some other operators do operate more restricted services.
Taxis in and around Torquay are plentiful and it is seldom necessary to have to wait long except in exceptionally busy periods. Services are generally comparatively inexpensive. There are several taxi ranks in and around Torquay harbour and mini cab firms provide door to door services. Visitors with mobility restrictions can ask for specially adapted taxis to make travelling easier.
The Dartmouth Steam Railway operates services all year although these are much scaled back in the winter months. The services operates from Paignton railway station alongside the mainline station and take visitors through stunning countryside to Kingswear (Dartmouth). Along the way there is a Halt at Greenway where visitors can get off or on for a visit to Agatha Christie's holiday home.
From April to the end of October boat services operate between Torquay, Paignton and Brixham as well as to Dartmouth. This is an excellent and relaxing way to travel (depending upon the weather) and often affords visitors the chance to come close to local wildlife such as seals and dolphins. A key piece of advice is that even on the hottest days take a warm additional item of clothing as it is often quite cold out on the water. Boat services operate to and from Torquay harbour and the journey time to Brixham is about 30 minutes. Fares are inexpensive and good value for money.
Since Torquay is built upon seven hills it is not natural cycling territory at first glance. However, getting out on two wheels is an excellent way to see much of The English Riviera and there are cycle paths around the Bay. Cycle hire is possible from Simply The Bike in Belgrave Road.
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