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  • Kents Cavern

    Website: Kents Cavern, Torquay Kents Cavern is a spectacular natural cave on the coast of south Devon. The cave is a short walk from Meadfoot Beach and the beautiful South West Coast Path. It is easy to access by foot, coach and public transport and is open for organised school visits all year. Undoubtedly Kents Cavern is one of Britain's most special caves. The cave's incredible geology and rich archaeological heritage have astounded scientists and visitors for centuries. Records show the caves' mysteries have enticed explorers to venture into their depths since 1571. However, archaeological evidence and research reveal that people and animals have visited the caves for hundreds of thousands of years. The following is an extract from the Kents Caverns FAQ's page: How big is the cave? Kents Cavern’s total passage length is 934m. The visitor trail is around 33% of this. Why the name "Kents Cavern"? Kents Cavern was initially known as Kant’s Hole, derived from an old Celtic word Kant/Kantos, meaning headland. Kents Cavern, therefore, means ‘Hole in the Headland’. Why is the cave so protected? Kents Cavern is listed as a Site of Special Scientific Interest and a Scheduled Ancient Monument, and therefore has the highest level of protection, equal to sites such as Stonehenge. The cave is ‘Britain’s Oldest Home’, with human occupation stretching over half a million years, and its importance in proving human antiquity is paramount. Is this a natural cave? Yes. Kents Cavern is made from Devonian limestone and was formed by rainwater seeping through tiny cracks in the rock, gradually dissolving it. How old is the cave? Kents Caverns Devonian limestone rock is around 385 million years old. The cave was formed around 2.5 million years ago through a weak acid solution in rainwater dissolving the limestone rock. What animals lived in the cave? The oldest animals that lived in Kents Cavern are cave bears which date back half a million years. Other animals that have lived in the cave are; cave lions, scimitar cats and hyenas. Remains of woolly mammoths and woolly rhinos have also been found. What people lived in the cave? Humans have inhabited the caves for over half a million years. Three different species of human have occupied in the cave; Homo Heidelbergensis, Neanderthal and Homo Sapiens. Kents Cavern is the only site in the world to yield evidence from all three of these different types of humans. Do the caves ever flood? The caves do not flood but are still affected by large amounts of rain, which increases the drips of water percolating through the cave's limestone ceiling. Are there any more caves to be discovered? Whilst it is possible, it is doubtful that any more caves will be found; there is potential for further passageways to be hidden behind calcite walls or boulder chokes. The cave was extensively surveyed in 1988 by Dr Chris Proctor. Who first discovered the caves? Kents Cavern has never been lost and has almost always been occupied. Kents Cavern is the only cave in Britain with three different species of humans dwelling in it. The Romans were possibly the first early modern people to enter the cave: evidence for this is provided by a few Roman coins found in the cave. Early modern explorers of the cave also inscribed their names and date on the walls. These inscriptions range between the sixteenth and twentieth centuries. The oldest inscription dates back to 1571 and was inscribed by William Petre.

  • Paignton Zoo

    Website: Paignton Zoo Paignton Zoo is a worldwide attraction, famous for its conservation activities and well worth its own promotional page on Torquay.com. 100 years old in 2023 and still as much fun as ever. A perennial favourite of the local community, with many taking seasonal passes to entertain their children, family and friends alike. This is an extract from their website: “Paignton Zoo is part of the Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust, and it is our mission to conserve biodiversity by protecting threatened animals, plants and their environments, locally and internationally. Both Paignton Zoo and the Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust are conservation, research and education charities, and we support many conservation projects around the world. We are part of a worldwide network of zoos called the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) and work together to do more for conservation and help coordinate breeding programmes for endangered species. Paignton Zoo collaborates with other zoos worldwide, exchanging animals to prevent inbreeding and ensure that healthy genetic diversity is maintained. We also belong to UK and European organisations, which include: the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA) and the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA).” The Paignton Zoo website is well worth a visit to fully understand the extent of its passion, its heritage, and its care for the flora and fauna that it so carefully tends. It is an evolving and charitable business that deserves all the support it can get.

  • Seal Videos

    We have a few resident seals. This one was seen basking off Hopes Nose and the video gives you a bit of a perspective of the terrain if you fancy a fairly steep hike up and down from Ilsham Marine Drive. This one was caught chilling just off the landward side of Thatcher Rock. They tend to prefer the open sea side but a very calm day. The video below was taken whilst walking the dogs. The seals quickly moved into the sea but stayed a few yards offshore, having fun with each other.

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  • Torquay.com | Torquay Hotels | Torquay Holidays | Torquay Tourist Visitor Information | Torquay Accommodation | Torquay Attractions

    TORQUAY In the bay of dreams Bringing you the places, events and things to do, that locals love! About Torquay.com WATER SPORTS ARE ALL THE RAGE Water Sports Check out where the locals go to paddleboard, kayak, sail and ski Eat & Drink WHERE LOCALS GO TO ENJOY THEMSELVES START PLANNING A TRIP TO TORQUAY What to do around Torbay Torquay's Heritage Torquay has undergone significant transformations throughout its history, from a small fishing village to a thriving tourist destination with connections to significant historical events. It started some 450,000 years ago with early humans, of which artefacts were found in Kents Cavern. The eleventh-century records from the Domesday Book show no actual occupation, though it is known that Roman soldiers made visits, and there was a small Saxon settlement called 'Torre'.However, in 1196 Torre Abbey was founded here; the rest is history and much of it! Read More A Few Facts Torquay It's not uncommon for people to say, "I've been to Torquay, or Paignton or Brixham as a child, or to visit friends or pre-wedding. But there are so many facts most people don't know, such as: The oldest UK human remains found in Kent's Cavern. That Faulty Towers was based on the Gleneagles Hotel (RIP). Agatha Christie was born here, and two billion book sales later, one of the most famous authors ever! The area is a geopark with an incredible geological history, as witnessed by its cliffs and contours. There are also two other Torquays, Australia & Canada! Beaches Locals love Torquay & Torbay Ask why the M5 gets jammed in the summer and on bank holidays, heading south. Yes, some head to Cornwall, which is another hour away and nowhere near as lovely as Devon (I'm biased here). We have it all because of the sea, and 80% of people want to live next to water. We have countryside with Dartmoor on our doorstep. We have plenty of bars, restaurants and things to do (it is a tourist destination). It's warmer in winter, and the calm and quiet time, which we all need occasionally, allows time to walk the beaches, breathe the fresh air and wait for next season. To Do Holiday Rentals Cottages & Apts If you are looking for a Torquay Airbnb, cheaper and direct from managers and other more focused websites then check out these links. The companies specialise in certain aspects of the business, and holiday rentals or holiday cottages are recommended by locals. Cottages Dog Friendly Rentals With so many great beaches and walks around Torbay, then dog-friendly rentals are the perfect answer. For families and couples who don't want to leave their best friends behind then stay in a holiday cottage. Let your dog loose on the beach and in the waves! Dog Friendly Luxury Rentals Maybe you want to celebrate a birthday or a wedding anniversary, or perhaps you may just want to enjoy views or premium accommodation. Luxury rentals are often larger, too, with bigger gardens or space. This lends itself to group celebrations, too. Luxury Rentals Too much accommodation choice? Take our advice, we live here! Hotel accommodation. Easy to book Check out some of the local photos

  • Kents Cavern

    Main Listing Pages Kents Cavern Website Previous Next Kents Cavern is a spectacular natural cave on the coast of south Devon. The cave is only a short walk from Meadfoot beach and the beautiful South West Coast Path. It is easy to access by foot, by coach and public transport and is open for organised school visits all year. Undoubtedly Kents Cavern is one of Britain's most special caves. The incredible geology and rich archaeological heritage of the cave has been astounding scientists and visitors alike for centuries. Records show the mysteries of the caves have been enticing explorers to venture into their depths since 1571. However, archaeological evidence and research reveals that people and animals have been visiting the caves for hundreds of thousands of years. The following is an extract from the Kents Caverns FAQ's page: How big is the cave? Kents Cavern’s total passage length is 934m. The visitor trail is around 33% of this. Why the name "Kents Cavern"? Kents Cavern was originally know as Kant’s Hole which derived from an old Celtic word Kant/Kantos which meant headland. Kents Cavern therefore, means ‘Hole in the Headland’. Why is the cave so protected? Kents Cavern is listed as a Site of Special Scientific Interest and a Scheduled Ancient Monument, and therefore has the highest level of protection, equal to sites such as Stonehenge. The cave is ‘Britain’s Oldest Home’, with human occupation stretching over half a million years and its importance in proving human antiquity is paramount. Is this a natural cave? Yes. Kents Cavern is made from Devonian limestone and was formed by rainwater seeping through tiny cracks in the rock gradually dissolving it. How old is the cave? Kents Caverns Devonian limestone rock is around 385 million years old. The cave was formed around 2.5 million years ago, through a weak acid solution in rainwater dissolving the limestone rock. What animals lived in the cave? The oldest animals that lived in Kents Cavern are cave bears which date back half a million years. Other animals that have lived in the cave are; cave lions, scimitar cats and hyenas. Remains of woolly mammoths and woolly rhino have also been found. What people lived in the cave? Humans have inhabited the caves for over half a million years. Three different species of human have occupied in the cave; Homo Heidelbergensis, Neanderthal and Homo Sapiens. Kents Cavern is the only site in the world to yield evidence from all three of these different types of humans. Do the caves ever flood? The caves do not flood, but are still affected by large amounts of rain, which increases the drips of water percolating through the limestone ceiling of the cave. Are there any more caves to be discovered? Whilst it is possible, it is highly unlikely that any more caves will be found, there is potential for further passageways to be hidden behind calcite walls, or boulder chokes. The cave was extensively surveyed in 1988 by Dr Chris Proctor. Who first discovered the caves Kents Cavern has never been lost, and has almost always been occupied. Kents Cavern is the only cave in Britain which has three different species of human dwelling in it. The Romans were possibly the first early modern people to enter the cave, evidence for this is provided by a few Roman coins found in the cave. Early modern explorers of the cave also inscribed their names and date on the walls. These inscriptions range between the sixteenth and twentieth century. The oldest inscription dates back to 1571 and was inscribed by William Petre. Tides & Weather Torquay Webcams Torquay Maps

  • Royal Torbay Yacht Club

    Main Listing Pages Royal Torbay Yacht Club Website Previous Next RTYC offers some of the most extensive and best club racing to be found in the South West. RTYC is an active club with regular sailing for its members from April through to New Year’s Day. We have an extensive range of fleets from the IRC cruisers to our junior fleet of Fevas, Cadets, and now Teras and Qbas for the starter crews. In between these we have Keelboats, Sportboats and our PY dinghy fleet. There is no excuse for not getting on the water should you wish to. Tides & Weather Torquay Webcams Torquay Maps

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