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Babbacombe beach, Devon

The picturesque Babbacombe beach lies adjacent to Oddicombe Beach, just to the west of Withy Point, in the Babbacombe district of Torquay on the South Devon coast.

Set beneath high cliffs and North-facing, the beach is accessed down a very steep lane from the Babbacombe to St. Marychurch road or via the Babbacombe Cliff Railway.

Backed by the highest promenade in England on Babbacombe Downs and wooded areas, the beach is protected by a small breakwater, much used by local anglers. It is also popular with divers and the sailing fraternity.

A mixture of sand and shingle, the beach is family friendly. A number of rock pools are uncovered at low water which may interest younger members of your group. There is limited parking nearby, arrive early to ensure a parking space and to get the best of the sun.

There is no lifeguard cover but other facilities include a café and seasonal toilets. Dogs are allowed all year round.


 Flora and Fauna

 Sandy beach

 Cafe, shop or pub

 Dogs permitted

 Easily accessible

 Family friendly

 Interesting geology




OS Explorer Map 110: Torquay & Dawlish

OS Explorer Map 110: Torquay & Dawlish

This map is part of the Ordnance Survey's Explorer series designed to replace the old Pathfinder map series. At 1:25,000 scale this detailed map shows a host of attractions including gardens which are open to the public, nature reserves and country parks as well as all official footpaths, bridleways, roads and lanes. Other facilities covered include: camping and caravan sites, picnic areas and viewpoints, selected places of interest, rights of way information for England and Wales, National Trail and Recreational Path routes, and selected tourist information. The series is aimed mainly at the experienced map user but can be used by tourists and locals alike.

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Local Accommodation


Cottage Holidays

There is a great choice of cottages for rent in the local area. Take a look at the beautiful cottages in Torquay, Newton Abbot, Paignton and Brixham.

Holiday Parks

Holiday Parks

Stay at a nearby Holiday Park and keep the kids amused all day! Parks in the vicinity include those at:







Plenty of hotels are available locally. Consider those in the local towns:






Caravan Holidays

In the vicinity is a choice of camping and caravan sites offering high quality, affordable holiday accommodation. Consider camps in Paignton, Newton Abbot, Brixham and Moretonhampstead.

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