Hope's Nose, Torquay, South Devon

Hope's Nose, Torquay, South Devon

The most easterly point of The English Riviera

A Site of Special Scientifc Interest (SSSI) and part of the The English Riviera Geopark, Hope's Nose is an excellent example of a raised beach: 'Hope's Nose has well-known 'raised' beach deposits, around 8 metres above modern sea level. They indicate that around 120,000 years ago sea levels were much higher than now - a significant case of sea level rise in the recent geological past, possibly a warning for the future!' (Information board on site)


Location of Hope's Nose

We've positioned Hope's Nose on Google maps. Zoom in on the 'Satellite' setting to see its location.


Hope's Nose Beach (East)

At *low tide*, various beaches are exposed around Hope's Nose. Arguably the best is the beach area on the east side of the headland. Access is via steep tracks at either end of the beach. We'd only recommend exploring this area if you are a confident coastal walker.

The beach area is mainly rock although there's an area consisting of sea-polished stones and shells. Note that this is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) so you mustn't take any of these stones and shells away with you. There are many beautiful and clear rockpools. Clearly, given its location within the The English Riviera Geopark, there are some amazing rock structures and geological features to enjoy as well. Out at sea are the islets Lead Stone and Ore Stone. There's a lot of birdlife. Watching birds dive for food is fun.

Across Tor Bay, you'll see Berry Head. Whenever we come to this area, there are always huge tankers out at sea.

There's limited parking on the roadside above Hope's Nose. A path leads down to the headland.


Hope's Nose Beach (South)

This beach area is difficult to access and only for confident coastal walkers. The path that leads to the foreshore is steep and worn. Once you've reached the foreshore, you have to clamber across giant boulders to get to the centre of the beach. We wouldn't recommend visiting unless you really want to explore the coastline here. There are great views down to Hope's Nose Beach (South) from the edge of the cliffs. If you do want to visit, only go at low tide.

Set beneath a natural ampitheatre of cliff, Hope's Nose Beach (South) looks out across Tor Bay to Thatcher Rock and then Brixham and Berry Head. It's one of a number of beach areas that fringe Hope's Nose. To visit, start from the limited parking area along the road above Hope's Nose. A very obvious grass path leads down to the headland. You normally see lots of people fishing on the north side of Hope's Nose. Turn right, away from these people, and you'll come to a steep hill next to the natural ampitheatre of cliff to which we referred above. The steep, worn path offering access to the beach runs off that.


Hope's Nose to Walls Hill SSSI

'PROTECTED WILDLIFE SITE. Hope's Nose to Wall's [sic] Hill Site of Special Scientific Interest. Hope's Nose to Walls Hill is notified as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). It is an important place for Devonian Limestone Flora and geology. This SSSI is legally protected. Please do not damage and or disturb any wildlife or geological features on the site.' (Information board on site)