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Babbacombe - The English Riviera

Babbacombe - The English Riviera

An 5 day tour to delighful south Devon


An 5 day tour to delighful south Devon


Babbacombe sits adjacent to Torquay, yet  continues to enjoy its own independence. It boasts its very own promenade, theatre, shops, restaurants, hotels, B&B’s and of course the world famous Babbacombe Model Village. Stunning coastal views are abundant right around Lyme Bay’s Jurassic coast as far as Portland Bill. 

All this sits high above two beaches and a harbour with footpaths and road access in addition to the historic Babbacombe cliff railway, one of only a few original working funicular railways still in existence today. Babbacombe leads naturally into the adjoining village of St. Marychurch which has its own thriving shopping precinct with a wide choice of independently owned small shops and boutiques.



Totnes is a very special and unique market town in the heart of beautiful South Devon. Today, the town, with its population of 7,500 is a thriving centre for music, art, theatre and natural health. It has a sizeable alternative and "New Age" community, and is known as a place where one can live a bohemian lifestyle.



Situated in the south west of England, right in the very heart of Devon, Dartmoor is a landscape of stunning views, awe inspiring granite tors, deep wooded valleys with fast flowing rivers, and rugged, wide open spaces. Protected by National Park status as Dartmoor National Park, it covers 368 square miles. The highest point is High Willhays, 2,037 ft above sea level. The entire area is rich in antiquities and archaeology.


The village of Widecombe lies within the beautiful valley of the East Webburn river (stream!). Its name is thought to derive from 'Withy-combe' which means Willow Valley. The village is world-famous for its fair, held annually in September, which gave rise to the well-known folk song 'Widecombe Fair' and the characters of Uncle Tom Cobley and All.

Buckfast Abbey

Buckfast Abbey forms part of an active Benedictine monastery at Buckfast, near Buckfastleigh. The monks of Buckfast welcome visitors to their famous abbey. At Buckfast, visitors can see the great Abbey church with its many art treasures, rebuilt on its medieval foundations by the monks themselves.

The Abbey church, grounds, and other facilities are open throughout the year, including 3 unusual shops selling Abbey products, an excellent restaurant, exhibition and video.



Exmouth is a lively town, situated on the east coast of Devon, where the River Exe meets the sea. The town offers a diverse selection of shops, places to eat and things to do.

River Exe Cruise

Sailing throughout the year on calm and sheltered waters, this trip is suitable for the everyone. Sailing from Exmouth your Skipper will give you a live commentary on the history of the area, the beautiful sights and the resident and visiting wildlife. As a designated RAMSAR site, the Exe is one of the top rivers in the country for wildlife and is a feeding ground for several seals, you maybe lucky enough to see the resident seal on your trip. A cream tea will be seved during the cruise.

This trip is suitable for manual wheelchair users and persons with reduced mobility.


Sidmouth is situated on the south coast of Devon 15 miles southeast of Exeter and is a gateway to the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site, Sidmouth has a population of about 15,000, of whom 60% are over 65. Sidmouth Folk Week is a famous annual folk festival in early August attracting musicians and visitors from around the world. A large part of the town has been designated a conservation area. Like many such settlements, it was originally a fishing village. Although attempts have been made to construct a harbour, none has succeeded. A lack of shelter in the bay prevented growth as a port. Sidmouth remained a village until the fashion for coastal resorts grew in the Georgian and Victorian periods of the 18th and 19th centuries. The numerous fine Georgian and Regency villas and mansions are now mostly hotels.

Day 1

We travel south via the M6 and M5 motorways to Torbay and our hotel for the next 4 nights, the Babbacombe, situated in a superb position overlooking the sea front. Dinner in the hotel. Complimentary bar, selected drinks 20.00 -23.00.


Day 2

Morning visit to the beautiful small market town of Totnes, time at leisure to browse the narrow streets. We return to Babbacombe after lunch for the afternoon at leisure. Dinner in the hotel with live musical entertainment. Complimentary bar, selected drinks 20.00 -23.00.

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Day 3

A full day tour of the Dartmoor National Park with its heather clad moorland and deep wooded gorges and open landscapes. Picture postcard villages such as Princetown and Widecombe-in-the-Moor are in a land of folklore, myth and legends. We call at Buckfast Abbey on our return to Babbacombe, here you can visit the working monastery nestled in the shadow of Dartmoor, in a beautiful wooded valley beside the river Dart. Dinner in the hotel. Complimentary bar, selected drinks 20.00 -23.00.

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Day 4

This morning we head to Exmouth, here we have a relaxing circular cruise on the River Exe with commentary on the sights, history and wildlife of the surrounding area, we also include a cream tea. In the afternoon we visit the stylish regency resort of Sidmouth, situated on the Jurassic coast, Englands first natural world heritage site. Sidmouth is a town caught in a timeless charm. Dinner at the hotel. Live musical entertainment. Complimentary bar, selected drinks 20.00 -23.00.

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Day 5

Sadly after breakfast we leave Torbay and our hosts at the Babbacombe hotel for the journey home to Cumbria, arriving home early evening.


B=Breakfast Included, D=Dinner Included

The Babbacombe Hotel

A warm welcome awaits you at this 80 bedded, all en-suite, sea front hotel. Offering friendly and comfortable surroundings and beautiful sea views.

The Babbacombe Hotel enjoys a level position directly on the sea front overlooking the famous Babbacombe Downs with far reaching beautiful views across Lyme Bay. Many of the bedrooms have stunning sea views and some have private balconies.

The Babbacombe Hotel offers accommodation for all guests, including family rooms, single rooms and a number of disabled rooms, a large number of these have sweeping sea views and some have balconies. All rooms have TV & tea/coffee making facilities

Here at The Babbacombe Hotel all of the public areas are situated on the ground floor. The hotel has a modern passenger lift to most bedrooms, and also has 7 ground floor bedrooms.

The Babbacombe Hotel also has 10 purpose built disabled wet rooms, all built to DDA Grade 5. In addition to those rooms many of the bedrooms have step in showers with easy access.

There's a bar with live entertainment most nights plus a sun lounge with access to the terrace and garden.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Contact Details
Appleby The Sands Appleby
Aspatria Car Park beside Spar Aspatria
Brough Monument Bus Shelter Brough
Carlisle Entrance to Sands Centre Car Park Carlisle
Cockermouth Monument Main Street Cockermouth
Dearham Commercial Corner Dearham
Distington Outside Prospect Works Distington
Egremont Conservative Club Egremont
Flimby Railway Station Flimby
Harrington Galloping Horse bus stop Harrington
Keswick Bell Close Car Park Keswick
Kirkby Stephen Market Square Kirkby Stephen
Maryport Outside Coop Maryport
Penrith Sandgate Bus Station Penrith
Shap Village Hall Shap
Tebay Old Services Car Park Tebay
Thursby Bus Stop Thursby
Waverton Bus Stop Waverton
Whitehaven Bus Stop Tangier Street Whitehaven
Wigton Old Bus Station Wigton
Workington Lay By opposite Grahams Travel Jane St. Workington
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