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Rock Walk, Torquay, Devon, August 2010

Royal Terrace Gardens or Rock Walk as it’s known locally, is the series of paths zig-zagging their way up the cliff face overlooking Torquay’s main beach. Opened in the late 1800’s, it was closed in early 2008 due to instability issues with the cliff face. The road below was made single lane to minimise danger, and over £3 million has been spent making it safe and installing new paths.
Due to open in July this year, it’s a bit behind schedule now, so I had a little mooch around to check the progress …and used the excuse to try out the functions of my new camera in low light - not as good as I’d hoped, but worth sharing for anyone interested.
BAD weather has again delayed the opening of Torquay’s flagship Rock Walk makeover.
The finishing touches to the ambitious £3million scheme have also proved more complicated and time-consuming than expected, so the gardens will not now reopen fully until October.
Originally they had been scheduled to open at the end of July.
Then ground investigations found that more piling was needed because of unexpected hollows in the rock face to enable the purpose-built concrete staircase up the cliff to be constructed.

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