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Top 3 Torquay beaches near TLH Leisure Resort

13 July 2022

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, 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

Torre Abbey Sands is the closest Torquay beach to TLH Leisure Resort, situated a few hundred yards down the road 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 and to watch any water sports in the Summer months. The beach is easily accessible, gently sloping for young ones to paddle and has the best aspect to catch the setting sun!

Abbey Sands is conveniently located next to 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. Get out on the water with a stand-up paddle board or stay on dry land and explore the attractions 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. We think it is the best family beach around!


Torre Abbey Sands Beach, Torquay

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 other things to do in Torquay, there are various coastal walks near by as well as the famous Kents Cavern to satisfy your adventurous side!

Oddicombe Beach, Babbacombe, Torquay

Oddicombe Beach is a little harder to access due to the particularly steep slope down, however is still accessible by foot and Babbacombe Cliff Railway which is almost 100 years old and an attraction unto itself! Parking is very limited, but pick up and drop off by car is possible.

Before making your way down to the beach, be sure to soak up some of the coastal views from Babbacome Downs which are arguably some of the best and most dramatic in Torquay stretching from Brixham in the West and past Teignmouth to the East!

Once down to the beach, you can admire the dramatic red cliffs and take a short walk to Babbacombe beach on the other side of the cove. This Torquay beach is also a great one to kayak from with plenty of sea caves and cliffs to explore.

Before the journey back up the slope, have a bite to eat and a refreshing drink at Three Degrees West – you won’t find anywhere closer to the sand and sea to relax!

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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