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    Watcombe to Oddicombe Beach Walk

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    168 m
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    Watcombe to Oddicombe Beach Walk

    The walk between Watcombe Beach and Oddicombe Beach is a quick and easy adventure in Devon that will take you along the coast for some truly beautiful views overlooking the English Channel. The route features a nice mix of forest and waterside terrain, which makes for a fun day out on the trails that can be enjoyed by walkers of almost any skill level. Don’t forget your swimsuit to spend some time along one - or both - of the beaches to get the most out of your afternoon.

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    Route Description for Watcombe to Oddicombe Beach Walk

    Travelling along a beautiful and slightly rugged stretch of coastline, the Watcombe to Oddicombe Beach Walk will see you traverse some undulating terrain with several brief climbs that could prove troublesome for less-mobile walkers. Be sure to wear good walking footwear for the best traction along the trail. Additionally, you should try to arrive early, as parking is limited near the trailhead.

    Although there is a bit of uneven terrain, the breathtaking views along the coast are more than enough of a reward to make this a fantastic day out on the trails. While walking the Watcombe to Oddicombe Beach Trail, you will enjoy picturesque views across the English Channel, as you make your way between scenic beaches that are perfect for laying out in the sun. Try to time this walk for a fair weather day to maximize your adventure.

    Setting out from the trailhead, follow the path to the northeast, keeping left as you descend the hillside on the way to Watcombe Beach. Reaching this tranquil cove along the coast, you will be hit with a sense of relaxation, as each of the waves that crashes against the sandy shoreline tries to deter you from completing the remainder of your walk. Keeping in mind that the opposite end of the route will also come to a beautiful beach, head back along the trail and climb uphill towards the car park.

    Reaching a junction, head to the left and follow the trail to the south, making your way along the undulating forest terrain of the coast that offers intermittent views across the water. After you traverse Petit Tor, follow the path as it bends to the southeast and brings you closer to the end of the trail at the water’s edge. Here, you will find beautiful views that stretch out across the vast expanse of the English channel, as well as a few optional footpaths that will lead you down to Petit Tor Beach. Additionally, extending your walk to the south will bring you directly onto Oddicombe Beach, another great spot for relaxing in the sun. Once you have fully explored the area, turn back along the trail and retrace your steps to the car park where you began the Watcombe to Oddicombe Beach Walk.

    Insider Hints for Watcombe to Oddicombe Beach Walk

    • Toilet facilities can be found a bit further down the trail towards Watcombe Beach.
    • Wear comfortable walking shoes for this journey, as there are some sections of uphill walking.
    • Arrive early to secure parking.

    Getting to the Watcombe to Oddicombe Beach Walk Trailhead

    To reach the trailhead for the Watcombe to Oddicombe Beach Walk from the Tessier Gardens, drive to the northeast on Manor Road for 99 m and turn left onto Fore Street/A379. Keep straight for 0.8mi and turn right onto Easterfield Lane. In 0.8 km, you will arrive at the parking area.

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      Torbay Scouts Campsite

    • Pets allowed

      Yes - On Leash

    • Family friendly


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      Out and back

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