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The Torbay Explorer

Friday 10th to Monday 13th May 2019



London Ė Newton Abbott

Up to nine breweries:

        Red Rock






        New Lion

        Platform 5


South Devon Railway

Good Beer Guide Pubs

Free time in Torbay

Newton Abbot - London





There are always good reasons to visit South Devon and especially Torbay and with the offer of very reasonable rates at the Marine Hotel, it has been possible to create another varied programme with local options to suit your requirements. The area is also has a very good bus service. The hotel is facing the seafront a few minutesí walk from both rail and bus stations (and Wetherpoons). We cannot be so flexible with evening meals here as it a coaching hotel and evening dinner is served at 18:30 every night but which does have the advantage of giving a longer evening in the long May days. The food is good and freshly cooked as your menu choices are taken at breakfast time. The extremely competitive hotel rates we have negotiated includes a very good three course dinner Ė if you do not want to enjoy the hotelís evening meal please indicate on the booking form and a £25 reduction in costs will be applied.


FRIDAY 10th MAY 2019


A departure at 10:03 from London Paddington is necessary to fulfil our engagements today. After the usual scenic run along the Dawlish sea wall we should arrive at Newton Abbot at 12:37. Our coach will be waiting to take you and your luggage, and head into the hills behind Teignmouth to reach the very successful Red Rock Brewery for beer and lunch. After the by-then necessary refreshments our route takes us towards the sea via Ipplepen where, again, another successful brewery, Hunterís, awaits. It even has its own bottling line. The final call before the hotel will be at Bays Brewery, now regarded as a stalwart in the Torbay area. After check in and dinner you will be able to enjoy a walk via the promenade to reach one of two Wetherspoons or one of the Good Beer Guide listed pubs in the town.




The intention today is to use public transport from Paignton bus station to Totnes to begin our programme in this ancient town. First call will be the New Lion Brewery and tap on Station Road. Next will be the base of Totnes Brewing Company at the top of High Street. Yes, the town sits mostly atop of a hill, with the good news that there is a local shuttle bus to take you there should you wish to use it. There are more pubs to enjoy nearby before we end the day with a visit to the friendly Albert Inn (on the way out of town and on the way to Paignton), home of the Bridgetown Brewery. Evening meal at hotel is at 18:30.




Today is your Personal Preferences Day. You are free to go wherever you wish. Perhaps the first event could be a morning steam train ride on the scenic Dartmouth Steam Railway line to Kingswear thence the ferry to Dartmouth, always a bustling and interesting town. Subject to numbers we can provide a group rate ticket for the journey. Or, you may like to hop on the bus to Torquay for visits to the Babbacombe Cliff Railway, Babbacombe model village, Bygones, Kents Cavern, ferry to Brixham or Torquay or the GBG pubs around the area Ė further details of these attractions will be provided in the AVB. If you have booked for half-board, dinner is again at 18:30 leaving you with the evening to enjoy the sea views Ė or whatever!




As usual, we shall have a busy agenda before joining the train back to London from Newton Abbot. To reach there we shall have our coach (with your luggage) from the hotel to the first stop in the pretty Dart valley at Barnabyís Brewery, a certified organic brewery who normally bottle their products. Be not afraid of this visit if you have checked their entry in the GBG. During our visit we shall be able to try beer fresh from the tank as well as a very popular dunkel beer in their attractive shop and surroundings. Our second event is to ride the Dart Valley Railway from Buckfastleigh to Totnes return on what has been preserved as a typical GWR West of England branch line. This is followed by lunch at the former Royal Oak, (now The Hounds of the Baskervilles) in Ashburton, the original terminus of the railway until it was swallowed by the A38 highway. Local ales are available with lunch. There are two more locations to be visited in Newton Abbot, both close to the station. First is the Platform 5 Brewhouse, partly located beneath the former Platform 5 at the station, followed by a difficult to achieve visit to Teignworthy Brewery, still operating in part of the former Maltings. This visit was only available at 16:25 so fits nicely into the trainís departure of 17:41 to Reading 20:20 and London Paddington due at 20:37 where the tour ends.




The cost of this tour should not exceed £370 for DB&B or £345 for B&B

Standard class return rail travel from London at cost (if requested and booked by CT)

      Three nights DB&B at The Marine Hotel with B&B option- itís all or nothing foodwise;

      Up to nine brewery visits;

      First pint in pubs in programme; NOTE: Places in italics include some beer

      Lunches on Friday and Monday;

      Two daysí coaching;

      Return journey on Dart Valley Railway;

      Service and VAT at current rate;

      IPP financial insurance cover;

      Crookham Travel courier throughout.


Note that you will need your bus pass or buy a Day Rover for Saturdayís itinerary, and possibly Sunday too.



In order to be sure of securing rooms prompt booking is earnestly requested. After the end of November, bookings will be accepted on an as-available basis. Please complete the booking form and send it with your deposit of £100 per person, payable to Crookham Travel, or send it by bank transfer to Crookham Travel a/c No. 87825884 sort code 09-01-27 at Santander using reference SUF. You may be signed up for payments via mobile phones Ė this can be used for your deposit by sending it to my number 077 6666 3579. The balance will be required about four weeks before departure.





The Seafront

2-6 Adelphi Road


Devon TQ4 6AP


Tel: 01803 559778


With a panoramic view of the seafront and Torbay park, the hotelís comfortable rooms are well furnished with central heating, beverage making facilities, TV and hair dryers. Lift to all floors. Home cooked food, private garden.



Most of the arrangements have already been confirmed but some are still outstanding, so the right is reserved to amend the programme should this be unavoidable.


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