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Torbay Beaches Amongst the Best in the UK

15 July 2019

The English Riviera really stands apart from other UK destinations because of the incredible beaches that are on offer.

The ten beaches in Torbay that have won the prestigious Seaside Awards are Breakwater, Broadsands, Goodrington, Paignton, Preston (pictured above), Torre Abbey, Meadfoot, Anstey’s Cove, Oddicombe and Maidencombe. Of these, Breakwater, Meadfoot and Oddicombe have also won blue flag awards confirming that the water quality exceeds European Standards! The Seaside Awards are an annual UK award run by Keep Britain Tidy and means that these sites have met the criteria for bathing water quality, public amenities as well as meeting a strict environmental standard in cleanliness.

What does this mean?

Keep Britain Tidy’s Coastal Award manager Paul Todd said: “It is great to be able to celebrate another fantastic year… the public can be sure, if they visit a Blue Flag or Seaside Award winning beach, that they are visiting one of the best beaches in the world.”

Top 3 Beaches in Torquay, Recommended by TLH Leisure Resort

We have a great selection of beaches, on our doorstep, within walking distance or just a few minutes journey along the coast. When staying at TLH Leisure Resort, we recommend the following beaches:

Torre Abbey Sands Beach, Torquay

Situated a few hundred yards down the road from our resort and is hugely popular with our guests and locals alike. The long sandy beach is ideally situated for our guests to enjoy a day at the beach with plenty of opportunities to explore Torquay harbour, town centre and surrounding shops and restaurants.


Abbey Crescent is home to some lovely new restaurants including Pierre Le Bistrot, Las Iguanas and Visto Lounge, or if you wanted to come and use the Aztec Bistro or Alberts, it’s only a short walk back up the road. There are plenty of places to explore and activities to enjoy including pedalo hire, Jungle Golf, pitch ‘n’ putt, banana and speed boat rides, as well as rock walk, Torre Abbey House and Gardens and Cockington, which is why we think it is the best family beach around.

Meadfoot Beach, Torquay

A shingle beach nestled below an array of spectacular cliffs which provides a perfect setting for those who prefer a quieter environment in which to relax. From the beach you can see Thatcher Rock and Brixham on the opposite side of the Bay.


Rock pooling with the children is a must at low tide as the rocks become exposed and an abundance of sea creatures are revealed. Meadfoot is also a popular spot for diving. If whilst at the beach you want to explore, there are various coastal walks as well as the famous Kents Cavern to satisfy your adventurous side.

Breakwater Beach, Brixham

A small shingle beach next to the picturesque Brixham harbour and the long breakwater. You can catch a ferry from Torquay Harbour which has to be one of the most pleasurable ways to travel to Brixham.

Breakwater beach Brixham

Once there the beach is a short walk away and has a wonderful beach cafe. Breakwater is the ideal spot for swimming as it is a blue flag beach. It is also a popular beach for scuba diving due to the lovely clear waters and interesting sea life. As the beach is right next to the bustling harbour side, there are shops, cafes and the picturesque town to explore.

Do you agree?

Visiting Torbay would not be the same experience without its beautiful beaches. If you have been to any of the mentioned beaches and have any hints or tips for our guests, please feel free to share them in the comments section below and remember to always wear sun protection (it’s easy not to notice the sun’s strength with a lovely cool breeze rolling in from the sea). EXPLORE OUR COASTLINE

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