Enjoy a 360º virtual tour of Maidencombe Beach Torquay, a quiet relaxing haven surrounded by towering red stone cliffs.
This is a beach often forgotten as it lies on the edge of Torbay with difficult access as it has around 100 steps to negotiate to get down to the sand and the cafe. It’s because of this, you’ll often find you have the beach to yourself. If you’re looking for a quiet haven to relax and spend the day, where dogs are allowed all year round, with lots of rock pools at low tide then Maidencombe Beach is the perfect retreat. It’s far from the hustle & bustle of the town centre. There is a small pay & display car park with a height restriction, but the times I have come I have been lucky and found a free space available on the road.
If you like a walk then there’s the South West Coastal Path taking you to the similar Watcombe Beach, another small cove with coarse sand if you head toward Torquay or in the other direction there’s Shaldon where the River Teign meets the sea. This path isn’t easy though, with lots of uneven ground, steps and hills to negotiate.
There is a nice easy circular walk that makes it’s way through the rolling countryside offering some great views from the top. As you come back down into the village and through the orchard don’t miss the Judas tree opposite the cattle barn, especially if you’re here in the spring while it’s in full bloom. You’ll find it outside the Court House and it dates back to the sixteenth century when a young sapling was brought back from Lebanon. It’s even mentioned in the 1066 Doomsday book.
- The Judas Tree outside the Court House dates back to the sixteenth century when a young sapling was brought back from Lebanon.
- Good Beach Guide.
- Seaside Award.
- Deep shelving beach
- Unstable Cliffs
- While living at Orestone Manor Victorian artist J C Horsley, designed the first Christmas card. In 1840 Sir Henry Cole commissioned him to design a card with a brief message that could be reproduced and sent to all the people that Cole’s busy life at the Public Records Office prevented him from contacting personally. Horsley came up with a greetings card saying ‘A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year To You’. The idea was so successful that in 1843 the first batch of 1000 cards was produced commercially, selling at one shilling each.
- Beach Cafe Rio
- The Thatched Tavern (17th century)
Not the easiest as the car park is some distance from the beach (about a 10 minute walk) down a narrow path and around 100 steep steps which lead to the café and beach area.
Steep Hill, Maidencombe, Torquay TQ1 4TS.
- Bus, stagecoach bus route Number 22 between Torquay and Teignmouth runs through Maidencombe
- Car, There is a small pay & display car park with a height restriction. You may just be lucky enough to grab a free space on the road, but there are only a few on the hill.
- Walking, The South West Coastal Path runs right past the beach.
- Access is down a narrow path and around 100 steep steps which lead to the café and beach area.
- You may just be lucky enough to grab a free space on the road, but there are only a few on the hill.
- Beach cleaned daily during the summer.
- Toilets are seasonal (April to Oct).
- There is a life buoy
- Dogs are allowed all year round
- Bins and dog bins are available.
Beach type: Shingle & sand
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