- Good facilities on the beach
- Access via Babbacombe Cliff Railway
- Stone and some sand with safe bathing
- Blue Flag Award
Oddicombe beach is a few miles outside Torquay centre in Babbacombe, a picturesque suburb which is also home to Babbacombe Model Village and Bygones Victiorian Museum.
The beach is at the foot of limestone and red bed cliffs which define this part of the South Devon coastline. From the top of the cliff there are some lovely views across Lyme Bay to Exmouth and East Devon with cafes, restaurants and Babbacombe Theatre.
Access to the beach
There is free on- street car parking (busy most of the year) and a council car park a few minute’s walk from the top of the cliff.
The beach is at the foot of the cliff, and there are two choices for reaching it. The Babbacombe Cliff Railway was built in 1826 and has been transporting visitors down to the beach ever since. This furnicular railway is a few pounds to use and the scenic and easy way to reach the beach.
Alternatively a path runs down to the beach. It’s fine going down and provides vehicular access for trade, so buggies can be taken down this way. Coming back on the other hand requires a fit and able body, so many people choose to walk down and take the railway back up.
Facilities on the beach
Once on the beach, there are a number of facilities including a beach bar serving hot food and drinks, toilets (open in the summer only), a shop, deckchair hire and seasonal boat hire.
It itself is typical of those found in Torquay and South Devon with a mixture of stone and some sandy parts, leading into the sea. The bay is sheltered, making it ideal for plodging and swimming. The northern end of the beach has been subject to a number of landslides over the years so has some restricted access.
The Babbacombe Cliff Railway – http://babbacombecliffrailway.co.uk/
More photos of the beach – http://www.devoncam.co.uk/devon/places,76,Oddicombe-Beach.html