Devon Beach Guide

Babbacombe Beach

Description:
Babbacombe is to the north of Torquay and below the cliffs at Babbacombe are two beaches, Babbacombe Beach which is a small pebble beach and Oddicombe Beach which is a long red sandy beach. Facilities are all close to both beaches but parking is rather limited.
Safety:
No details available. See Beach Safety Guide.
Access:
At Babbacombe it is possible to park by the beach and there are steps and a slipway to the beach. Access to Oddicombe is via the Babbacombe cliff railway which is suitable for wheelchairs. Alternative access to Oddicombe Beach is via a long steep path.
Dogs:
Dogs allowed all year at Babbacombe Beach. Dogs banned 1st May to 30th September at Oddicombe Beach.
Directions:
Torquay is 32 miles from Plymouth and 24 miles from Exeter. From Exeter take the A38 and shortly after Exeter take the A380 (signposted to Torquay) and continue on the A380 past Newton Abbott to the outskirts of Torquay. At the Kerswell Gardens roundabout take the A3022 to Torquay and follow the A3022 to the sea front at Torre Abbey Sands. Then turn left to follow the A379 into Torquay town centre. Alternatively from the Plymouth direction, take the A38 and at Marley Head turn onto the A385 (signposted to Paignton) and continue on the A385 through Totnes to the outskirts of Paignton. At the Tweenaways Cross crossroads drive straight across onto the A3022 (signposted to Paignton town centre). Follow the A3022 through Paignton and north to Torquay, driving into Torquay town centre on the A379. Follow the A379 through Torquay until Babbacombe. To park at Babbacombe Beach, approaching Babbacombe turn right onto Babbacombe Downs Road (signposted to Babbacombe Beach) and then turn right again onto Beach Road (again signposted to Babbacombe Beach).
Post Code:
TQ1 3RT.
Parking:
There is a small car park by Babbacombe Beach and there are several small car parks in Babbacombe. Also some limited road parking.
Toilets:
Yes by the beach at both Babbacombe Beach and Oddicombe Beach (open April to October).
Facilities:
Cafés at Babbacombe Beach and Oddicombe Beach. At Oddicombe Beach, Beach hut hire, deckchair hire, boat and pedalo hire.
Activities:
Cliff railway, model village in Babbacombe.
Nearby Alternative Beaches:
Paignton (4 miles, sandy beach, disabled access)
Torre Abbey Sands Beach (2 miles, sandy beach)
Meadfoot Beach (2 miles, sandy beach, disabled access, part dog friendly)
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