Welcome to the 2017 St Babbbacombe & Marychurch Guide, incorporating Maidencombe and Wellswoood and part of the world-famous English Riviera.
This area of outstanding natural beauty offers a great deal for the visitor to see and do within a radius of just a few miles. There are six beaches – all with their own individual character. From the sandy seclusion of Maidencombe and Watcombe to the family-friendly Oddicombe, accessed by its own cliff railway, to the unspoilt Babbacombe, a popular spot for fishing and seal-watching. Slightly further away, is the naturally sheltered Anstey’s Cove, ideal for sailing and kayaking. The coastline around Torbay is cleaner than it’s ever been and sea temperatures are on the rise.
St Marychurch and Babbacombe offer a unique range of attractions, all within a short distance. Bygones Museum, housed in a former cinema, has a life-sized Victorian street and a replica of a World War One trench, along with a host of locally-sourced memorabilia.
The Babbacombe Model Village features replicas of local landmarks past and present and a miniature railway. The Babbacombe Downs, which stand thousands of feet above sea-level, boast far-reaching views and it’s possible to see as far as the Dorset on a clear day. At the end of the Downs, is the art deco Babbacombe Theatre, which stages variety and comedy shows throughout the main holiday season.
St Marychurch, Babbacombe and Wellswood have the highest concentration of independent shops in Torbay. You will find everything in this part of town – from specialist chocolate and cheese shops to artisan bakers and patisseries, florists, gift shops and boutiques. There’s even an old-fashioned ironmongers.
The area has a large number of award-winning teashops, bistros and pubs – many boasting spectacular sea views.
The South West Coast Path runs through the area – offering stunning clifftop vistas and attracting visitors throughout the year. In addition, there are a number of other parks, secluded gardens and children’s’ play areas. Babbacombe has reasonably-priced public tennis courts and a popular bowling club.
There’s truly something for everyone in this historic and beautiful part of south Devon.
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TOP TEN REASONS TO VISIT BABBACOMBE & ST. MARYCHURCH - a special part of the English Riviera in Devon
1. Atmospheric Pubs & Restaurants
We are spoilt for choice with inns and restaurants catering for every age and choice. Many of these are situated opposite the Downs and are open throughout the day.
2. Great Walking
The whole of the coastal area is criss-crossed by paths offering fascinating vistas and the S.W. Coastal path can be followed right through the area
3. Exciting Sports
Sailing, diving and other watersports, bowls, tennis, one of the best golf clubs in Devon and home of "The Gulls" -Torquay United Football Club.
4. Theatre & Entertainment
Much of the live entertainment takes place in the pubs mentioned above. The Babbacombe Theatre offers good value entertainment and boasts the longest running variety show in Britain. A number of famous names, including Bruce Forsyth, began their careers here.
5. Fascinating History
There is so much history; St. Marychurch is recorded in the Domesday Book and Kents Cavern is Britain's most important and oldest Palaeolithic site and there are so many famous names associated with the area.
6. Excellent Choice Of Accomodation
Starred Hotels, Self-Catering, B&Bs, the choice is yours. There are even 2 large holiday camps just over a mile from St. Marychurch.
7. Superb Shopping
In Wellswood, Babbacombe, Plainmoor & St. Marychurch where the pedestrianised precinct, with it's small shops and "al fresco" dining give a continental atmosphere.
8. Top Attractions
Three of the areas top attractions - The Model Village, Bygones and Kents Cavern.
9. Spectacular Setting
Walk along the Babbacombe Downs on a clear, crisp morning and you can imagine this is how heaven must be. The glorious views along 40 miles of the South Devon coast and into Dorset are alone worth the visit.
Many beaches, some sand and some shingle (see map). Oddicombe is an award-winning Blue Flag beach with a unique Cliff Railway access.