The path climbs out of Churston Cove, revealing a vista back to Brixham breakwater and Berry Head, then continues on a largely straight stretch through Marridge Woods, with Churston Golf Course on one side and craggy wooded cliffs, sometimes sheer drop, on the other. The trees obscure the nature of the coastline here, but much of it is not natural; as the information boards explain, it's down to historical limestone quarrying in the 'Seven Quarries' that were the source of much of Torbay's building stone in the 19th century.
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From Elberry Cove, a broad grassy headland takes you over to Broadsands, an arc of sandy beach backed by beach huts (the area behind the promenade was reclaimed from marsh within the past few decades). Here there are kiosks and toilets. At the northern end, the path cuts inland to go under the South Devon Railway viaduct, then runs parallel to the railway. The Torbay Coast Path guide notes that this section is
... not a great distance, but it is raher difficult and involves a number of steps, up and down ...This is because the path follows the pre-railway terrain, not the track bed level. On the plus side, however, the path gains considerable height, and excellent views open up back toward Berry Head.
|Berry Head - itself the site of former quarrying|
|Roundham Head comes into view|
|One of those flights of steps|
|The descent to Goodrington Sands|
|Goodrington Cliff Gardens|
|Paignton Pier in sight|