Local Information

Closest shops (0.6 miles) and Public Transport (top of the lane): Go straight across at the top of the lane until you reach the first roundabout and the Watcombe stores (Premier) and Londis Off-licence and Post Office are on the right hand side.

Stores opening hours are Mon-Sat 7:30am to 8:00pm and Sun 8:00am to 8:00pm. New Years Day 10:00am to 8:00pm. Closed Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

Londis opening hours are Mon-Sat 7:15am to 6:00pm, Sun 8:00am to 1:00pm. Bank Holiday hours will be posted in the window.

There is a post box at the top of the lane and just to the left, bus stops for Route 22 (Dawlish Warren to Paignton) and 222 (Summer only open top) in both directions. From Teignmouth the Route 2 bus runs from Exeter around the coast and up the Teign estuary to Newton Abbot and from Teignmouth station trains connect into the national network and Exmouth and Paignton can be reached without needing to change.


St Marychurch and Babbacombe: This centre is slightly further away but has much better facilities. Turn left at the top of the lane towards Torquay and a five minute drive brings you to St Marychurch with Babbacombe just beyond. Here you will find a Co-op and Tesco Express together with many other shops and cafes in the precinct. There is a large pay car park by the model village but also areas of one hour parking and a lot of free roadside parking. As well as the superb Model Village, there is also Bygones which is an excellent collection of all things past (complete with a re-created victorian street, steam locomotive and a World War 1 trench experience) and the Babbacombe Cliff Railway, a funicular railway that takes you down to Oddicombe beach where you will also find Three Degrees West, an excellent café right on the beach. At the opposite end along the coastal path is the excellent Cary Arms.

Babbacombe Cliff Railway – (closed currently)

St Marychurch – Torquay

Shaldon and Teignmouth: Turning right at the top of the lane a ten minute drive brings you into Shaldon and Teignmouth, both excellent centres with lovely beaches, cafes and restaurants plus Lidl, Tesco Express and Morrisons and the historic Shaldon foot ferry. In Shaldon you can discover the Zoo and Ness Cove beach via the smugglers tunnel. Teignmouth also has a pier, busy centre with most facilities, extensive beaches and sea wall walks. Recommended places to eat include the Ness, London Inn and the Clipper in Shaldon and Tradewinds in Teignmouth. On the Shaldon side of the Teign estuary, Coombe Cellars is a spectacular location for an evening meal with the possibility of witnessing the sun setting over Dartmoor. The thatched Churchhouse Inn at Stokeinteignhead is also highly recommended.


Walks from the door: Straight from the door there are excellent walks as you are within a few yards of the South West Coast Path which you can take in either direction.


Introductory Walk to Watcombe Beach: If you go straight down the lane that you arrived on a five minute walk brings you straight to the sheltered Watcombe beach. Take care as some parts are uneven underfoot due to previous earth movement which is why a sign shows that the beach is technically closed. There are currently no facilities at the beach and it is usually very quiet here. There are plans for repairs and improvements soon but meanwhile the beach is less frequented.

Watcombe Beach – Torquay

Introductory Walk to Valley of the Rocks: Heading straight across the public car park opposite and through the gate at the far corner immerses you immediately in ancient woodland and some fantastic rock formations in what is the ancient hanging valley named Valley of the Rocks. Head down through the valley and you join the coast path in a couple of hundred yards. Turn right and follow the coast path to the lane and either go right, back up to Staar Escapes or go left, down to the beach.

SW Coast Path: Part way down to the beach the coast path is intersected, first to the left to Maidencombe, Shaldon and Teignmouth and just after to the right to Babbacombe, Anstey’s Cove and Torquay. The coast path is quite steep in places and can be very muddy after rain, especially between Maidencombe and Shaldon, so be sure to take sturdy footwear. However, if you keep to the upper paths a much gentler walk can be made in both directions with a pleasant walk in to Babbacombe to the SW in under an hour or Maidencombe to the NE in under thirty minutes. In Maidencombe you have the Thatched Tavern pub, Orestone Manor Restaurant and Café Rio just above the beach.

Heading SW: To stay on the upper path towards Babbacombe, at the top of the initial climb out of Watcombe valley take the main track that forks to the right uphill just after a second set of a few steps instead of following the coast path and follow the main path all the way with good views out to sea to Babbacombe, Long Quarry Point, Hopes Nose and the Orestone finally joining Petit Tor road. Follow the road to the end, crossing the main road and cross at the roundabout continuing to the end of Petit Tor Road and turn left onto Fore Street bringing you into St Marychurch shopping precinct and cafes and Babbacombe beyond. Continuing to the main traffic lights takes you past more cafes and Bygones on the left, well worth visiting! Take a left at the lights and then right opposite the interesting Model Village brings you along to fabulous views from Babbacombe Downs and more cafes, the Cliff Railway or steep road will take you down to Oddicombe Beach where the beach side café Three Degrees West can be sampled.

Babbacombe Downs – Torquay

Heading SW on tarmac: The walk to the popular area of St Marychurch and Babbacombe can also be made on road and pavement by heading to the top of the lane, going straight across (Moor Lane) and turning first left (Steps Lane). Following this brings you back alongside the main road, then straight on at the roundabout, up the hill to the roundabout at the top, right along Petit Tor Road, left at the Crown and Sceptre pub (Fore Street) brings you straight in to St Marychurch shopping precinct and then continue as per the previous directions. Enjoy!


Heading NE: To stay on the upper path after climbing out of Watcombe valley take the bend to the left where there is a seat on the right with a limited sea view (the coast path goes steeply down to the right here and can be very muddy with steep steps). Follow this path which joins the lane down into Maidencombe. Turning up the steep lane will bring you to Orestone Manor (highly recommended fine dining) while continuing ahead down the lane brings you to the popular Thatched Tavern pub with garden and to the Maidencombe beach car park. Continuing through the car park takes you down to secluded Maidencombe beach and past Café Rio. At the top of the path to the beach the coast path can be taken back to Staar Escapes (steep and muddy) or return the way you came. Beyond Maidencombe the coast path can be followed to Shaldon (some steep sections) and you can take the historic Shaldon ferry across to explore the delights of Teignmouth with many pubs, cafes, shops, bank, post office, pier, beaches and sea wall.

Maidencombe Beach – Torquay

Further afield: Torbay has plenty of pay and display car parking and on-street parking, plus areas of limited free time on-street parking. There will always be free unlimited parking if you are willing to walk a little further. Brixham can get very congested and we would recommend visiting that area by bus or use the park and ride at Churston. If using the bus there are stops at the top of the lane on Route 22 which will take you North East to Teignmouth and Dawlish or South West to Torquay and Paignton. If driving then Torquay is only a few minutes away for the area of Babbacombe and St Marychurch with the harbour, Preston, Paignton and Brixham slightly further. In the other direction is Maidencombe, Shaldon, Teignmouth and along the coast to Dawlish, Starcross, Exminster and into Exeter. The M5 leads into Exeter, becoming the A38 after crossing the River Exe and then the A380 splits to the left up steep Haldon Hill and is the dual carriageway serving (via exits), Dawlish, Teignmouth, becoming the Devon Expressway serving Torquay, Paignton and Brixham. Railway stations at Teignmouth and Torquay on the Great Western Railway give connections into the national network. If visiting Kingswear or Dartmouth enjoy a scenic ride on the Paignton and Dartmouth Steam railway from Paignton to Kingswear and then take the foot ferry across to Dartmouth (price included with train ticket). Alternatively the route 120 bus can be taken from Paignton to Kingswear. Alternatively stay on the Kingswear side and walk along the Dart estuary to the upper ferry, cross and enter Dartmouth down the other side of the estuary.


Everything else: There is so much to see and do in Devon and we would recommend that you take a look at the visit Devon website www.visitdevon.co.uk


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