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Maidencombe - Torbay Beach

Torquay, Torbay

Part of the 'English Riviera' because of a mild climate, abundant palm trees and other subtropical vegetation. Babbacombe Bay to the north of Torquay is particularly favoured with several attractive sandy beaches with usually high water quality standards.

Beach Type



Toilets on all the beaches; some include facilities for the disabled
Cafes and kiosks nearby
Beach huts
Deck chair hire
Pedalo hire
Good local pub


Sheltered bathing
Local walks

Nature and Wildlife

Maidencombe village is surround by farm land and woodland. There's good access to coastal paths giving excellent sea views including the sandstone cliffs.

Water Quality




Cleaning and Litter

The beach is cleaned daily during the summer season. and a 'poop scoop' law is in operation between May and September.


Dogs are banned from Oddicombe beach.

Awards and Recommendations

Blue Flag Beach
Quality Coast Award
Marine Conservation Society Recommended

Tourist Information

Torquay Tourist Information Centre Vaughan Parade Torquay Devon TQ2 5JG Tel: 0906 680 1268 (calls charged at 25p per per minute in the UK) Fax: 01803 214885


Nearest town: Torquay
County: Torbay
Latitude/Longitude: 50.5059, -3.51218
Postcode: TQ1 4TS
(postcode is for sat-nav purposes only, and may not represent the actual address of the beach)


All are accessible off the main Torquay to Teignmouth road. Steps or paths lead to the beaches. Steep at Maidencombe. Oddicombe Beach is served by a cliff railway.

Public Transport

Nearest rail stations are Torquay. Torre and Teignmouth. Oddicombe and Maidencombe are served by bus from Torquay. Maidencombe is on the main bus route to Teignmouth. Bus Nos.85

Nearest Railway Stations

Torre (Approx. 3 miles away)
Teignmouth (Approx. 3 miles away)
Torquay (Approx. 3 miles away)
Newton Abbot (Approx. 4 miles away)
Dawlish (Approx. 6 miles away)

Important! Distances are as the crow (or seagull) flies. Road distances may be considerably longer, especially at estuary locations.


Fees apply in the car park but parking is widely available on the surrounding roads.

Nearby Car Parks

Maidencombe Beach, Torquay (Unknown stay).
About 0.1 miles away
Watcombe Beach, Torquay (Long stay).
About 0.8 miles away
Labrador Bay, Shaldon (Long stay).
About 1.2 miles away
Chilcote Close, Torquay (Long stay).
About 1.6 miles away
Hampton Avenue, Torquay (Long stay).
About 1.6 miles away
St. Marychurch, Torquay (Long stay).
About 1.7 miles away
Princes Street, Babbacombe (Long stay).
About 1.9 miles away
Babbacombe Beach, Paignton (Unknown stay).
About 1.9 miles away
Walls Hill, Babbacombe (Long stay).
About 2 miles away
The Ness, Shaldon (Unknown stay).
About 2.2 miles away

Accomodation Links

Hotels and Guest Houses in Torquay