Royal Geographical Society votes Babbacombe as Great Cliff and Coast Walk

Babbacombe’s amazing coastal landscape has been chosen by the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) as having some of the most interesting and diverse geography to explore in the UK.

The area features as part of a project and website – Discovering Britain – which aims to explain the stories behind the UK’s built and natural landscapes through a series of self-led geographical walks.

The walk progresses along the dramatic coastline of steep cliffs and hidden coves, as well as the evidence showing significant earth movements and the powerful forces of nature.

Walkers will explore atremendous diversity of rocks found along the coast and see where rocks were taken away by day and drugs were brought in by dead of night.  They will also learn of the genteel Victorians with their bathing machines and the modern adventure sport of coasteering.

RGS-IBG Director, Dr Rita Gardner, says: “It is a wonderful place to walk and uncover the stories of this ever-changing landscape. The walk raises some important questions about human intervention along the coastline and gives you a geographical perspective of the stunning landforms.



“We hope that people from across the UK will explore the fabulously diverse geography that is on all our doorsteps. South Devon’s coastline has this in abundance.”

Commenting on the project Michael Palin, Immediate Past President of the Society, said:

“All too often we forget that travel doesn’t have to include trains and boats and planes. As Discovering Britain shows, some of the world’s most varied, spectacular and accessible landscape is only a strong pair of boots away.

“Discovering Britain brings our country to life, beneath your feet.”

The walk along Babbacombe’s coastline – ‘Coves and Cliffs’ – is a self-guided walk that starts at Anstey’s Cove Road car park and ends at Babbacombe Cricket Club. It is 3 miles long and family friendly. It’s free to download, complete with a map and audio commentary to accompany you on your journey.

The description below is taken from the Discover Britain site.

Discover a changing coastal landscape in South Devon

Explore this dramatic coastline of steep cliffs and hidden coves. It’s a wonderful place to walk and uncover the stories of this ever-changing landscape. Discover evidence of dramatic earth movements and the powerful forces of nature. Find out why a red cliff collapsed into the sea while white cliffs were blasted apart with dynamite. Compare flaky black rocks with pink ‘Devon marble’. See where rocks were taken away by day and drugs were brought in by dead of night.

DISTANCE:3 miles
Source: This is South Devon

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