A hidden gem at the bottom of the babbacombe cliffs, this is not for people who have a fear of heights. It isn’t easily accessible, but worth the effort to get down to see a part of Torbay that not even many locals will have been to. It’s a great spot for fishing and If you like climbing there are a wide variety of climbs and climbing styles in the quarry and it’s fantastic for deep water soloing with plenty of short, safe routes at a good mixture of grades from 4+ – 8a.
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This site has what is probably the largest fossil reef in Britain, if you are able to get down to it. While i was down there it was very noticeable in many areas that people had enjoyed a bbq or two as they’d left behind a fair bit of rubbish. This is a Site of Special Scientific interest and its just a shame that some people are so careless. You carry the stuff down, how hard is it to carry back up.
The limestone was quarried all around the coastline here and was used in the construction of many of the local buildings.
- Babbacombe Cliffs are a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).
- Several rare plant species are found here, including the white rock rose, which loves limestone, and the rich variety of vegetation encourages butterflies like the marbled white.
Take the footpath up onto Walls Hill Downs. Walk on past the cricket club, on the left seaward side you’ll come across a pale coloured shelter by the perimeter fence. Here there are two paths amongst the bushes to choose, one takes you through the wooded area and the other down the side of the cliff. Both joining together half way down. It’s a challenging walk down a fairly steep 300ft cliff, but should only take 10-15 minutes.
- Cliff Railway
- Angels Cafe
- Babbacombe Inn
- Buccaneer Inn
- Cary Arms
- The back walls to the quarry offer climbing routes up to 90m.
- Brambles can be prevalent at the foot of the back wall crags, take some secateurs for pruning.
- Take a picnic, just take your rubbish home with you.
- Not for people who have a fear of heights.
- It’s a challenging walk down a fairly steep 300ft cliff, but should only take 10-15 minutes.
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