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Watcombe, Devon, Visitor & Tourism Guide



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Nearby National Park: Dartmoor. Exmoor is to the north and north west
Nearby AONBs: South Devon and East Devon. The Tamar Valley and Cornwall are a little further away
Select Cities: Exeter, Plymouth
Select Towns/Villages: Maidencombe, Babbacombe, Shaldon, Teignmouth, Torquay, Paignton, Brixham (and the other towns and areas within the The English Riviera), Teignmouth, Shaldon, Exmouth, Topsham, Dartmouth, Sidmouth

Valley of the Rocks
Just north of Babbacombe and The English Riviera, Watcombe is located by a particularly beautiful stretch of coastline. Best known locally for its Valley of Rocks and beach, both the South West Coast Path and John Musgrave Heritage Trail pass by here. Watcombe Beach is surrounded by high cliffs and there's a shop/cafe selling food and drink.

Head north on the South West Coast Path and you arrive at another impressive, compact beach called Maidencombe Beach. Beyond that, the coastal path rises and falls on its way to Shaldon, Teignmouth and the Teign Estuary.

Follow the South West Coast Path to the south and you'll pass through Babbacombe. With its Model Village and Cliff Railway, Bygones museum and beaches, there's plenty to do. Make sure you take in the view from on top of Babbacombe Downs and Gardens. You'll see the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site across the water. Continue along the coastal path and you'll loop around the Hope's Nose area, past the distinctive Thatcher Rock out at sea, towards Meadfoot Beach. Tor Bay opens out in front of you. Torquay Marina and Living Coasts, Torre Abbey and the HiFlyer Balloon are all nearby. We particularly like Kents Cavern. Torquay Museum is well worth a visit, too.

The local area
North of Watcombe, around Shaldon, we'd recommend Shaldon Zoo and The Coombe Cellars. In Teignmouth, walk the promenade and visit Teignmouth Pier. North west of Teignmouth is high ground. Try Haldon Forest Park for its walking, biking and views west to Dartmoor National Park.

South and south west of Watcombe is The English Riviera. We'd recommend exploring Paignton Harbour and Goodrington Sands, taking a day trip to Paignton Zoo and walking aboard The Golden Hinde (Devon). Inland, try Berry Pomeroy Castle and Totnes Castle.

Further afield
You're spoilt for choice. To the north east is the East Devon AONB. To the south and south west is the South Devon AONB. To the west is Dartmoor National Park. Check out our 'Top 10 Recommendations' lists for all these destinations. In particular, we'd suggest you visit Dartmouth and Salcombe, Topsham and Topsham.

The cities of Plymouth and Exeter are easily accessible.


Top 10 Recommendations

Top 10 Places To Visit
Selected from the best Places To Visit in Watcombe we've listed our top 10.
Top 10 Things To Do
Selected from the best Things To Do in Watcombe we've listed our top 10.
Top 10 Beaches
Selected from the best Beaches in Watcombe we've listed our top 10.

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John Musgrave Heritage Trail, Devon

Located in Devon, South West England, England

Less than a mile away.

35m or 56 km trail around Tor Bay and The English Riviera. The trail runs from Maidencombe (visit Maidencombe Beach whilst you're there) in the the north of Torbay and arcs around to Brixham in the south. Attractions alo...

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The Cliffs
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Approximately 1.3 miles away.

Total Bedrooms: 2; Maximum Occupants: 5; Rates: 459 - 1,129 Per Week

This brand new, deluxe self-catering apartment is situated on the cliff-edge of Babbacombe above Oddicombe Beach, just 2 miles from Torquay harbour....

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Bluebell, Bowden Close House
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Approximately 1.3 miles away.

Rates: 274 - 547 Per Week

Set on the coast road just 600 yards above sheltered Maidencombe Beach and the village's pretty thatched inn these three very comfortably furnished properties all have separate entrances and enjoy use of an acre of a...

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Laurel, Bowden Close House
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Approximately 1.3 miles away.

Rates: 274 - 547 Per Week

Set on the coast road just 600 yards above sheltered Maidencombe Beach and the village's pretty thatched inn these three very comfortably furnished properties all have separate entrances and enjoy use of an acre of a...

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