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Oddicombe Beach 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 and good water quality standards. Attractions include access to the cliff top via the cliff railway and a variety of water sports.

Beach Type



Toilets on all the beaches (incl disabled)
Beach huts
Cafes and kiosks
Cliff railway
Deck chair hire, pedalo hire, promenade


Water sports

Nature and Wildlife

The South Devon Coast Path extends around the bay offering glorious views. The mild climate encourages unusually luxuriant plant life and the area is favoured by rare butterflies. Leaflets describing Torbay's wildlife are available from the local Tourist

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


Nearest town: Torquay
County: Torbay
Latitude/Longitude: 50.482, -3.51327
Postcode: TQ1 3LB
(postcode is for sat-nav purposes only, and may not represent the actual address of the beach)

Explore more of the area around , Torbay at Explore Britain.


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. Local bus services; nos. 32,122.

Nearest Railway Stations

Torre (Approx. 2 miles away)
Torquay (Approx. 2 miles away)
Paignton (Approx. 4 miles away)
Teignmouth (Approx. 5 miles away)
Newton Abbot (Approx. 5 miles away)

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


Car parking available ten minutes walk from the beach.

Nearby Car Parks

Princes Street, Babbacombe (Long stay).
About 0.2 miles away
Babbacombe Beach, Paignton (Unknown stay).
About 0.3 miles away
Walls Hill, Babbacombe (Long stay).
About 0.3 miles away
Hampton Avenue, Torquay (Long stay).
About 0.3 miles away
St. Marychurch, Torquay (Long stay).
About 0.3 miles away
Chilcote Close, Torquay (Long stay).
About 0.4 miles away
Anstey's Cove, Torquay (Unknown stay).
About 0.9 miles away
Watcombe Beach, Torquay (Long stay).
About 1 miles away
Lymington Road, Torquay (Long stay).
About 1.2 miles away
Union Square, Torquay (Long stay).
About 1.2 miles away

Accomodation Links

Hotels and Guest Houses in Torquay