The Beach Guide

Babbacombe Beach

Babbacombe Beach - Devon
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Just east of Torquay, around the heavily wooded headland, is a different world to the bright lights and marinas of Torbay. Here you will find several little coves, the first, and arguably prettiest, of them is Babbacombe beach.

The beach here is a little crescent of sand and shingle backed by thickly wooded cliffs dotted with 1930s villas. To one end is a small stone breakwater which is an idyllic spot to cast a line if fishing is your thing.

Babbacombe is a popular dive spot and is a popular training venue. Its sheltered aspect, clear water and easy sea bed make it ideal for beginners.

If the idea of walking up or down the cliff seems daunting then help comes in the form of the Babbacombe Cliff Railway. Constructed in 1926, this funicular railway will save your legs and allow you to enjoy the fantastic views of the bay from 300ft cliffs.

Type of beach

Sand and shingle

Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

Dogs allowed

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  • Diving & snorkelling
  • Good fishing
  • Sailing
  • Swimming/bathing
  • Wind surfing


  • Deck chair hire

Nearest town




OS grid ref.

SX 9298 6545

Water quality

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Babbacombe Beach Reviews

Babbacombe beach visit; not worth the effort

Sep 19th 2019

Unfortunately once you start down the single track road to babbacombe beach you are committed..I burnt my reverse gear out on meeting 2 vehicles, my passengers refused to ride my vehicle back to to the top due to fear of the car angle (not my driving), which is wicked just before the carpark. The public toilets were disgusting, outdated (not restored). My mum with 2 hip replacements found the path to the cliff railway hard going over rocks/ tree roots/steps. Did not try any restaurants or feel like looking at the small breakwater, due to anxiety of the car damage, it’s not even worth it for fishing. The only good thing was a nice view, but I could get this view anywhere in Torbay.

What did we get wrong?