Tor Bay and Babbacombe Bay

Brixham to Exmouth along the beautiful coastline of the English Riviera.

3 to 4 nights
27 miles
Moderate to Demanding

From £260 per person

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About this route

This short stretch of the South West Coast Path begins with a stroll between the bustling resorts of Brixham, Paignton, and Torquay. It is quickly surrounded by natural beauty as it rounds the spectacular headland of Hope’s Nose, complete with its offshore cluster of rock islands and seabird colonies.

On it rambles around Babbacombe Bay to the Ness, a tree-lined cliff of sandstone. Two short ferry journeys, split by the walk from Teignmouth to Starcross, bring the trail to its end in Exmouth.

 

Standard
Interactive
Tor Bay and Babbacombe Bay map
Brixham to Exmouth
27 miles (43 km)
2nd January to 24th December

Holiday Highlights

Wandering along the English Riviera, with its most dramatic geology at the English Riviera Geopark.

Spotting dolphins and basking sharks from the high red cliffs.

Watching boats and windsurfers brave the foam-capped waves on the approach to Exmouth.

Available tours

CodeTourDurationDifficultyPrice per person
TOR1 From Brixham to Exmouth 3 nights, 2 days walking Demanding£260
TOR2 From Brixham to Exmouth 4 nights, 3 days walking Moderate£345

Tor Bay and Babbacombe Bay 3 nights, 2 days walking

£NNN per person
  • Itinerary
  • What's included?
  • Extra nights?
  • Tour facts
  • Route profile
  • Travel info
  • Weather

Important information

The Starcross to Exmouth Ferry operates from mid-April to the end of October.  If the ferry is not running the alternative is to catch a train/bus to Exmouth via Exeter or take a taxi.

If you wish to walk this route outside of these months, please contact us to discuss your requirements.

Start

Travel to Brixham where your first night's accommodation has been booked

Day 1

Brixham to Babbacombe. 13 miles (21km)

Day 2

Babbacombe to Exmouth. 14 miles (22.5km)

Finish

Depart from Exmouth after breakfast

Your Itinerary

This itinerary lists our preferred overnight stops for this tour. Sometimes there may be a shortage of available accommodation in a preferred location, in which case we will transfer you from the trail to your accommodation and back again at no extra charge. Overnight stops marked with a (T) will always require transfers as standard.

The daily mileages quoted are average trail miles only and do not include the distance from the trail to your accommodation. We do not expect you to have to walk more than a mile from the trail to your accommodation; should your accommodation be further than this, transfers will be provided as standard.

Below are the additional costs that may apply depending on your requirements. Dog friendly tours are subject to a Daily Dog Charge, which will be listed below if applicable. Our standard prices per person are based upon two people sharing a room; if you are walking on your own, or are part of a group but require a room of your own, then the Solo Walker or Single Supplements apply respectively:

A note about transfers
Solo Walker Supplement
£35.00 per person / per night
Single Supplement
£30.00 per person / per night

You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:

Extra night (Standard)
£50.00 per person / per night

What's included?

  • 3 nights accommodation in en-suite rooms (where available) in selected B&B’s, hotels, inns and guesthouses along the trail, or a short distance away via taxi provided at our expense.
  • Breakfast each day.
  • Door to door luggage transfer.
  • Maps with the route marked on and a guidebook or route notes describing the trail.
  • An information pack containing an itinerary, instructions on how to find your accommodation each night and a kit list.
  • Detailed travel instructions on how to get to the start of your holiday and back from the end of it.

Extra Nights & Rest Days

If you would like to extend your holiday and have more time to explore the sights and sounds of the South West Coast Path, consider taking an extra night.

Babbacombe is a peaceful location for a rest day, with shops, restaurants, a theatre, model village, two beaches and the Babbacombe cliff railway, there is plenty to see. It is also close to Torquay, if you wish to spend your day somewhere a little livelier.

Exmouth is also a popular location. Its location on the Exe Estuary makes it a wonderful place to spot birds and other wildlife.

You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:

Extra night (Standard)
£50.00 per person / per night

Tour Facts

Total distance: 27 miles (43 km)
Duration: 3 nights, 2 days walking
Minimum daily distance: 13 miles (21 km)
Maximum daily distance: 14 miles (22.5 km)
Code: TOR1 Grade: Demanding
Season: 2nd January - 24th December
Start of holiday: Brixham
End of holiday: Exmouth

Route Profile

Tor Bay and Babbacombe Bay Route Profile

Travel Information

Detailed instructions on how to get to the start of the holiday and back from the end, are sent to you upon booking. A summary is given below:

By Air - The most convenient major city and international airports are Exeter and Bristol.

By Rail - The nearest rail station to the start of the trail (Brixham) is at Paignton (about 5.5 miles away). There is a rail station at the end of the trail (Exmouth).

By Bus - Various bus services run to Brixham and from Exmouth.

From London - Trains run from London Paddington station to Paignton. From there a bus/taxi will be required to Brixham.

Return To The Start - The easiest way to return to the start of the trail is to take a train from Exmouth to Paignton, where a bus/taxi will be required to Brixham.

Weather Information

To find out more about the weather forecast for your chosen holiday's general location, please see the following websites:

  • MetCheck - This website allows you to look up detailed weather information for specific locations as far as six months in advance.
  • Met Office - This website shows regional area forecasts a few days in advance, with a general UK forecast description of up to 30 days in advance.
  • Mountain Forecast - This website shows what the forecast is like up on specific hills and fells, and offers forecasts a few days in advance.

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