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 English civil engineer who built dockyards, Clifton Suspension Bridge and the Great 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 by William Burn to be the retirement home of Brunel. The house is now used as a Christian retreat.
PostcodeTQ2 8NR - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
Brunel Woods Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Brunel Woods Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
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.