The History of the Babbacombe Downs
Our hotel entrance is clad with historic photographs of our property – under various guises – as well as the Down as it used to look. Once a coaching hotel and previously known as The Regency, our hotel dates back to 1846, but the whole area of Babbacombe has always been popular with local people and visitors alike.
Going back a century, the Petitor Cliffs were mined for marble and this can still be seen in the pavements around Torquay.
Babbacombe Down is a long stretch of common land, and is the highest promenade in England, with sweeping wooded cliffs to the beaches of Oddicombe and Babbacombe below. The Cliff Railway, which has been operating since 1926, will gently convey you, in a less exhausting manner, down to Oddicombe beach, some 240 feet below.
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