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               Anstey's Cove, Torquay
Type: Shingle/Rock
Access: Moderate, but steep in places
Bus Nos. 32, 122 (Palace Hotel)
Facilities: Parking 1/4 mile from beach; dogs allowed; swimming safe; warning flags in operation; life saving equipment; toilets nearby; cafe/refreshments; beach shop; deck chair/sun bed hire; chalet hire; public telephone
            Disabled: moderate access

             Babbacombe Beach, Babbacombe
Type: Sand/Shingle
Access: Moderate
Popular for fishing off breakwater, and for sailing
Bus Nos. 32, 85, 122 (St. Annes Road)
Facilities: Limited parking; dogs allowed; swimming safe; warning flags in operation, life saving equipment; toilets by beach; cafe/refreshments; deck chair/sun bed hire; public telephone
          Disabled: moderate access; toilets by beach

             Breakwater Beach, Brixham
Type: Shingle
Access: Easy
Bus No. 17 (Breakwater Beach) (on beach)
Facilities: Ample parking; dogs banned on beach; swimming safe; warning flags in operation; life saving equipment; toilets by beach; cafe/refreshments; restaurant; beach shop; public telephone
          Disabled: difficult access
            Broadsands Beach, Broadsands
Type: Sand
Access: Easy
Bus Nos. 4, 118 (Broadsands Park Road)
Facilities: Ample parking; dogs banned; warning flags in operation; life saving equipment; first aid post; toilets by beach; cafe/refreshments; beach shop; deck chair/sun bed hire; chalet hire; public telephone
          Disabled: easy access; toilets by beach
              Corbyn Head, Torquay
Type: Sand/Shingle
Access: Easy
Bus Nos. 2, 3, 12, 118, 122 (Torquay Rail Station)
Facilities: Parking 1/4 mile from beach; dogs banned; swimming safe; warning flags in operation; life saving equipment; toilets nearby; deck chair/sun bed hire; chalet hire
          Disabled: easy access; toilets nearby
              Goodrington Sands, Goodrington
Type: Sand
Access: Easy
Bus Nos. 4, 118 (Torbay Leisure Centre) (North Sands) (South Sands)
Facilities: Ample parking; dogs allowed (North Sands);dogs banned (South Sands); swimming safe; warning flags in operation; toilets by beach; cafe/refreshments; restaurant; beach shop; deck chair/sun bed hire
          Disabled: easy access; toilets by beach
          Hollicombe Beach, Torquay
Type: Sand
Access: Moderate
Bus Nos. 3, 12, 118, 122 (Hollicombe Gardens)
Facilities: Parking 1 mile from beach; dogs banned; swimming safe; life saving equipment; toilets by beach
      Disabled: moderate access; toilets nearby

 

          Maidencombe Beach, Maidencombe
Type: Sand/Shingle
Access: Generally easy, but steep in places
Bus No. 85 (Maidencombe Cross)
Facilities: Ample parking; dogs allowed; swimming safe; warning flags in operation; life saving equipment; toilets by beach; cafe/refreshments; deck chair/sun bed hire; pubic telephone
    Disabled: difficult access; toilets nearby (above beach)
          Meadfoot Beach, Torquay
Type: Pebble/Sand
Access: Easy
Bus No. X80-WN (Hesketh Crescent, Kilmorie End)
Facilities: Ample parking; dogs allowed (Kilmorie End); swimming safe; life saving equipment; toilets by beach; baby changing facilities; cafe/refreshments; deck chair/sun bed hire; chalet hire; public telephone
          Disabled: moderate access
          Oddicombe Beach, Babbacombe
Type: Sand/Shingle
Access: Moderate (cliff lift)
Bus Nos. 32, 122 (Furrough Cross)
Facilities: Parking 1/2 mile from beach; dogs banned; swimming safe; warning flags in operation; life saving equipment; first aid post; toilets by beach; baby changing facilities; cafe/refreshments; beach shop; deck chair/sun bed hire; public telephone;
          Disabled: moderate access; toilets by beach
        

        Paignton Sands, Paignton
Type: Sand
Access: Easy
Bus No. - all services to Paignton Bus Station
Facilities: Ample parking; dogs banned; swimming safe; warning flags in operation; life saving equipment; first aid post; toilets by beach; cafe/refreshments; restaurant; beach shop; deck chair/sun bed hire; public telephone
         Disabled: easy access; toilets by beach

             Preston Sands, Paignton
Type: Sand
Access: Easy
Bus Nos. 3, 12, 118, 122 (Preston Sands)
Facilities: Limited parking; dogs banned; swimming safe; warning flags in operation; life saving equipment; toilets by beach; cafe/refreshments; beach shop; deck chair/sun bed hire; chalet hire; public telephone
          Disabled: moderate access; toilets nearby

       

             Shoalstone Beach, Brixham
Type: Shingle/Rock
Access: Easy
Also rock pools and sea water swimming pool (25 meters)
Bus No. 17 (Shoalstone Beach)
Facilities: Limited parking; dogs allowed; swimming safe; warning flags in operation; life saving equipment; lifeguards; toilets by beach; baby changing facilities; cafe/refreshments; deck chair/sun bed hire
              Disabled: difficult access

          Torre Abbey Sands, Torquay
Type: Sand
Access: Easy
Bus Nos. 2, 3, 12, 118 (Belgrave Road)
Facilities: Ample parking; dogs banned; swimming safe; warning flags in operation; life saving equipment; first aid post; toilets nearby; cafe/refreshments; deck chair/sun bed hire; public telephone
               Disabled: easy access  

 

            Watcombe Beach, Watcombe
Type: Sand
Access: Moderate, but steep in places
Bus No. 85 (Moor Lane)
Facilities: Limited parking; dogs allowed; swimming safe; life saving equipment; toilets by beach; cafe/refreshments; deck chair/sun bed hire
              Disabled: difficult access

             Hollicombe Beach, Torquay
Type: Sand
Access: Moderate
Bus Nos.3, 12, 118, 122 (Hollicombe Gardens)
Facilities: Parking 1 mile from beach; dogs banned; swimming, safe with care; life saving equipment; toilets by beach
         Disabled: moderate access; toilets nearby

Good Beach Advice

When you're at the beach Always tie inflatables to the shore and make sure children are in easy reach at all times - lilos, rubber rings and inflatable boats can easily drift miles out to sea with just a light breeze.
Keep clear of any cliff edges as they can be slippery when they get wet - cliffs around the UK are very high and do sometimes give way under foot.
Always swim close to the beach in line with the shore.
Don't drink and drown - eating and drinking before swimming may give you cramps while you're in the water - you may then be unable to get back to the shore.
Check the tides and the weather before you leave home - then you won't get swept away. See our menu!
Check the beach when you arrive and beware of rocks and breakwaters.
Look out for warning signs and flags - red flag means it's dangerous to swim, a red and yellow flag means lifeguards are on patrol and you should swim in the area between flags, a black and white flag means it's an area used by surfers zone and is not suitable for swimming.
Avoid rip tides and strong under surface currents which can carry you out to sea - calmer waters between areas of surf usually means dangerous rip currents.
Plan your trip carefully - remember to leave your trip details with friends or family ashore if you're then overdue there is someone to alert the Coastguard!
Triple check the safety equipment and your boat before you set sail - make sure you have a correct life jacket on board for each person and that each person wears the life jacket at all times.
Always carry spare fuel or a paddle, water and food - just in case you are caught short.
Sail within your limits and ability.
Make sure everyone on board knows how to use the boat's safety equipment.
Ensure you have an appropriate means of communication should the worst happen and you find you need to contact the Coastguard.
For safety and weather advice before you head out to sea, remember you can contact the local Coastguard. They will be able to tell you both the short and long term weather forecasts and advise you on the tide times for the area. National directory enquiries have the telephone numbers for all the local Coastguard stations around the UK. The local paper for the area should also print daily tide time tables.
Phone the Coastguard if you are in trouble (999)