Torbay Harbours (Torquay, Paignton and Brixham)
With 16 square miles of open sea and 22 miles of coast, Tor Bay Harbour nestles within the western shores of Lyme Bay on the UK’s south-west peninsula.
The whole of Tor Bay Harbour is managed by Tor Bay Harbour Authority, a department of Torbay Council and includes the enclosed harbours of Torquay, Paignton and Brixham.
Brixham Harbour is located on the southern aspect of TorBay and boasts one of the largest fishing fleets in the UK, plus a thriving fish market to support it. Over 100 fishing boats land and sell their catch at the local Fish Market on the quayside. A visitor viewing platform is conveniently placed so visitors can watch the busy comings and goings of the fishing fleet, made up of large beam trawlers and the smaller day boats. The harbour has recently been subject to a huge regeneration project, creating a large new fish market complex with business and retail units.
Torquay Harbour lies on the North shore of Tor Bay and is home to an expanding marine leisure industry. The outer harbour comprises of a 170 berth Town Dock pontoon facility with 440-berth Marina. The inner harbour lies behind a cill and bridge, impounding the water at half tide level and is home to 170 moorings for boats up to 9 metres long. Access to the inner harbour is subject to tides, with entry via a bridge cill which stops the inner harbour from drying out at low water.
Paignton Harbour nestles on the western shores of TorBay situated midway between Torquay and Brixham harbours. The harbour was established in the 18th Century and the local Council has managed the harbour since 1935. Paignton was a thriving fishing harbour for many year. The Harbour dries out at low tide and is well known for having an unconventional fairway approach.