GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Brunel Woods

1 miles (1 km)

This walk visits Brunel Woods in the Watcombe area of Torquay.
The woods have some nice peaceful trails which provide a pleasant shelter on windier days. The site is named after Isambard Kingdom Brunel, the famous Englishcivil engineer who built dockyards, Clifton Suspension Bridge and theGreat Western Railway(GWR). Brunel loved the area, purchasing the land for Watcombe Park which was to be his retirement home. Sadly he died in 1859 before its completion.
The John Musgrave Heritage Trail runs through the woods. You can follow it to the wood carvings and clearing where there are some fine coastal views to enjoy. On the northern side of the woods there's also Brunel Manor. The manor and its gardens were designed byWilliam Burnto be the retirement home ofBrunel. The house is now used as a Christian retreat.


TQ2 8NR - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Brunel Woods OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Brunel Woods Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

On the southern side of the town you can visit the Torquay Rock Walk. There's great views over the town from the elevated Mediterranean style terrace gardens.


Brunel Woods - Main entrance - - 1082486

Main entrance Brunel Woods, Torquay, was part of Watcombe Park, the intended home of Isambard Kingdom Brunel. Unfortunately IKB died in 1859, before the house had been completed. The southern section of the estate was sold to Torquay Borough Council in 1923, and in later years passed to be managed by Torbay Coast and Country Trust.

Brunel's Dance - - 788329

Brunel's Dance. A set of sculptures dating from 1993 by Keith Barrett. "The central column which represents Brunel's engineering achievements is carved from Sequoia. Brunel and Fire figures carved from Douglas fir, water figure carved from Cedar. The fire and water carvings represent steam power used by Isambard Kingdom Brunel."

Brunel Manor - - 1192512

Brunel Manor. The view from below the terrace shows the stone balustrade. Health and safety concerns mean that there is a wire fence to keep guests away from the stonework.

The Italian Garden at Brunel Manor - - 1192489

The Italian Garden at Brunel Manor. The area known as the Italian Garden is being restored; the side bed has been cleared and some plants are in pots waiting to be planted.


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