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“Great place to stay”
Review of Babbacombe

Babbacombe
Ranked #4 of 62 things to do in Torquay
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Reviewed 22 August 2013

Stayed with my husband for six days at the Buccaneer Inn and thoroughly enjoyed the holiday. Blessed with good weather, we loved the Babbacombe Downs and the stunning views over Lyme Bay from the cliff top promenade where we walked every evening. There are plenty of good places to eat, a pleasant pedestrianised shopping area in adjoining St Marychurch with lots of independent shops and various local attractions. Oddicombe cove is lovely - although a part of it is closed off because there was a cliff fall earlier in the year. Facilities here include a cafe, shop. toilets and water sport equipment hire, The walk down is steep but you can get the cliff lift back up.
So pleased we chose Babbacombe for our holiday and not Torquay which was a disappointment on our drive through!

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Reviewed 21 August 2013

We had pencilled in a visit to Torquay and Babbacombe to see Kents Caverns and the Model Village (see separate reviews) however driving through Torquay left us feeling uninspired, so we headed to Babbacombe to see the cliff railway. Unfortunately, our timings were poor and we never got to try out the cliff railway, however we did spend several hours on the pleasant little Oddicombe beach, walking along the promenade and then the town.

The beach is pebbly, with some sand, however beware the tide, which swallows the whole of the shore. We parked on the small car lark, which is very popular with both watersports enthusiasts and those wanting to see the friendly seals there. We saw two during our time there, one who was very friendly and came very close, whilst the other stayed further away. Tea time around the pier is a good time for seal spotting!

The walk along the promenade is pleasant, involving several bridge crossings and brief inland detours following landslides. Of course, this beach is 'famous' for the landslide that has left one house half on and half off the cliff and others hanging precariously. The gash of sandstone on the cliff face along with the almost macabre sight of half a house above it is hard not to keep staring at and almost dominates this beautiful little cove. The far end of the beach has more facilities, with the cliff railway and beach huts, plus more beach when the tide is in!

We spent some time in the town, visiting a few shops and a local pub. The town is small but pleasant with a selection of shops and a nice main street. The road above the beach also has a lovely promenade, with grass and floral beds, for those who don't fancy the sea and sand.

Thank ADsMum
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Reviewed 20 August 2013

Visited for a day out from our hotel - easy walking around the area ideal for families and lots of restaurants close by, sat on a bench and looked at the views.

Thank Louise M
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Reviewed 20 August 2013

Worth a drive to Babbacombe, nice elevated spot gives stunning views of the Atlantic ocean. Clean facilities at the site, nice pavement to walk on.

Thank Fifi L
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Reviewed 19 August 2013

This was our second visit to Babbacombe., This time we were lucky to meet sammy the seal. A local fisherman gave us a fish to feed sammy he came right up to the pier and took the fish. The kids will love him.You can fish also good for a swim. The area as a cliff train to take you from road to sea, or you can walk through the down hill forest.
There is a sea side cafe, Also a hotel/inn with good views of the bay, Good food and service.

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