Enjoy a virtual tour of Goodrington Park & Lakes next to the beautiful Goodrington Beach. Also known as Youngs Park is a natural habitat for swans, geese and wild bird and a perfect spot to chill out with a picnic or enjoy a cold one and listen to live music.
Update: 2nd June 2020
- Added a couple more images
There’s a fair bit packed into a small area with the wooden walkway over the marshland or the beach just a stone’s throw away and Cantina, one of my favourite bars in the bay often have live music to entertain you and they do a great pizza.
If you like to see swans then this is the place, you can almost guarantee you’ll see them anytime of the year here in or around the lake. Just remember not to get to close and keep your dogs on a lead, they’re more than capable of causing fatal injuries to a small dog. The South West Coastal Path runs right past the beach head North toward the Promenade and Paignton Harbour or head south toward Oyster Cove and Brixham.
- Tip: if it rains you can dive for cover under the old spanish barn (known to locals as the long bench) or the bandstand.
In the Park there is a long grave which bemuses curios visitors. ‘The Mayor’s Grave’ has a granite headstone with a simple inscription. Goodrington Park was consecrated ground – a significant fact which helps to dismiss the theory that this is a grave of a suicide victim. However, 300 French sailors are reputedly buried beneath the park. A convent of Roman Catholic nuns cared for French prisoners of war. The Major was supposed killed in action but because he was English and a Major, he had the privilege of a head-stone and a marked grave.
Was once a watery wilderness, a marshland of little use with a large lagoon, or lake, locally called May’s Pool occupied the area close to the sea. A myth was perpetuated about its depth. Parents warned their children of dire consequences if they fell in the ‘bottomless pool’. In 1667, a man called Richard Thorne drowned in May’s Pool after falling from his horse, fuelling the myth further. Hundreds of years later when Goodrington Park was being reclaimed, it was found that the ‘bottomless pool’ was all of two feet deep. Now it is the boating pool.
- Cantina Kitchen & Bar
- Inn on the Quay
- North Sands kiosk
- Car, You can usually find free on street parking around Youngs Park, Roundham Ave, Alta Vista Rd, Cliff Rd or failing that parking is available in the Young Park car park, 130 spaces, TQ4 6LP or the multi storey off Cliff Rd TQ4 6DH with 100 spaces (Height restrictions: 1.98m. There are no disabled spaces.)
- Dogs are allowed all year round and even welcome on the motorized boats. However they are not allowed in the play area.
- Beware of the swans, you’ll see them anytime of the year here in or around the lake. Just remember not to get to close and keep your dogs on a lead, they’re more than capable of causing fatal injuries to a small dog.
- Toilets are next to Cantina bar behind the north sands kiosk.
- You can catch a ferry from the Promenade to and from Paignton harbour for only £1.
- Easy walk and wheelchair friendly.
- If it rains you can dive for cover under the old spanish barn (known to locals as the long bench) or the bandstand.
- Be aware of the seagulls if your outside with food.