Devon Riviera, Babbacombe 2018

Devon Riviera, Babbacombe 2018

Much-loved South Devon resort

Monday 30 April         £259

Monday 15 October  £259

Single Supplement NIL





4 nights dinner, bed & breakfast. Excursions

Journey on the South Devon Railway

Day 1 Monday

Devon has long been the most popular holiday county in the land, and it is a pleasant drive south-westwards to arrive there during the afternoon of the first day of the holiday. 4 nights dinner, bed and breakfast plus entertainment at the hotel.


Day 2 Tuesday

The first of our excursions covers the local area, marketed as the Devon Riviera: all the same, the resorts have not lost their individual identities. Look at the contrast between Brixham’s fishing harbour, Paignton’s sands, Torquay’s palms and luxuriant vegetation, Babbacombe’s secluded coves. There will be opportunities to visit some of the attractions as well - and there are lots of them. For instance the Model Village and ‘Bygones’ in Babbacombe. Kent’s Cavern and Torre Abbey in Torquay, Oldway Mansion and the Zoo in Paignton, plus the Dartmouth Steam Railway with steam trains offering great views of Torbay and the estuary of the River Dart on the way to Kingswear.

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Day 3 Wednesday

We visit Buckfastleigh for an included ride on the Heritage South Devon Railway. A typical Great Western branch line, closed back in the 1960s and restored by enthusiasts and volunteers, it winds alongside the River Dart to Totnes, the trains generally steam-hauled. Afterwards we spend time at the nearby Benedictine Buckfast Abbey, established in the 11th century and restored at the end of the 19th century. Don’t forget to look for the monks’ famous Tonic Wine and Honey.

B, D

Day 4 Thursday

A full day out with much to see. We use the road through the resorts of Teignmouth and Dawlish to get to Exeter. Sightseeing in the city centre for one of England’s beautiful Cathedrals. On to wild, bleak Dartmoor by way of Moretonhampstead: see the view from Haytor Rocks and have tea in Widecombe-in-the-Moor.

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Day 5 Friday

Breakfast, then leave for home enjoying the drive through the varied scenery of such counties as Somerset and Wiltshire.


B=Breakfast, D=Dinner


One of the 3 of Devon’s most popular all year round resorts. Torquay, at its heart, with a lively harbour area and palm-lined promenades: Babbacombe, with spectacular coastal views across Lyme Bay and Torbay from its level cliff top roads: Paignton, with all its attractions on level ground, wide beach and well maintained parks and gardens And see the best of South Devon on the excursions, some of which were changed last year. As they proved popular, they have been retained for 2018.



In a quiet part of Babbacombe, about 10 minutes level walk from the cliff-top promenade and the shops. Outdoor swimming pool. Lots of ground floor rooms, also a lift. The hotel has recently been upgraded to 3 star All rooms en suite with TV, tea/coffee making. Entertainment most evenings.

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
Ashingdon Golden Cross Golden Cross, By Fox (Welcome Homes)
Barking, North St North Street, Barking,outside St Margaret's Church
Barkingside Barkingside, Fulwell Cross, by Swimming Baths
Basildon Trafford House Trafford House (Adjacent to Basildon Rail Station)
Billericay Sun Corner Sun Corner, Laindon Road, Billericay
Brentwood Brentwood High St, by Argos
Canvey Island - Canute King Canute PH, Canvey Island
Canvey Island - Haystack Long Road, Canvey Island, Haystack
Chalkwell Park Chalkwell Park Bus Stop
Chandos Garage Hockley Chandos Garage Hockley
Cricketers Westcliff Cricketers Bus Stop, Southend on Sea
Dagenham Wood Lane Wood Lane, Dagenham, Opp Morrisons
Eastwood - Kent Elms Kent Elms Corner, Eastwood, Rayleigh Road
Eastwood - Rochford Cnr Rayleigh Road, Eastwood, Rochford Corner
Eastwood Jones Corner Eastwood, Rayleigh Road, Jones Corner
Folkestone services XX Eurotunnel- Stop 24 Junction 11 on M20
Grays Oak PH Oak PH, Socketts Heath, Grays
Hadleigh - Vic House Cnr Vic House Corner, Kiln Road, Hadleigh
Hadleigh Church Hadleigh Church, Bus Layby
Harold Wood Harold Wood, Bus Stops, Harold Wood Station
Hockley Spa Spa Road Bus Stop, Hockley
Hopes Green, S Benfleet High Road, S Benfleet, by Benfleet Tvl opp Shell G
Hornchurch North Street, Hornchurch, Fire Station
Ilford Clements Road, Ilford, by East London Travelshop
Kents Hill Lights Kents Hill Lights Bus Stop, London Road, Benfleet
Kiln Road (Kenneth Road) Kiln Road (Kenneth Road) - Thundersley
Leigh on Sea - Elms Elms PH, London Road, Leigh on Sea
Leigh on Sea - Thames Dr Thames Drive, Leigh on Sea
M25 Thurrock Services M25 Thurrock Services Coach Park
North Shoebury Road Bus Stop , outside Asda (St Marys)
North Shoebury Road, Shoeburyness
Pitsea Granada Bingo, Pitsea
Rayleigh Websters Way Websters Way, Rayleigh, opp Rayleigh Lanes
Rochford Station Bus Stop Rochford Station Bus Stop, Bradley Way
Romford St Edwards Way, Romford, Bus Stop 'H'
Shenfield Shenfield Station
South Benfleet St Marys St Mary's Church, Layby, South Benfleet
South Benfleet Tarpots Tarpots Coach Stop (opp Clare Road), Sth Benfleet
Southchurch - Swintons Outside Swinton Insurance, Southchurch Road
Southchurch White Horse White Horse Bus Stop, Southchurch
Southend Airport Bus Stop, Southend Airport, Eastwoodbury Crescent
Southend Queensway Bus Layby, Rear of Sainsburys, Southend
Stanford le Hope Rookery Rookery Corner, Stanford le Hope (St Cleres Hall G
Thorpe Bay Station Station, Acacia Drive, Thorpe Bay
Upminster St Mary's Lane/Bell Corner, Upminster
Vange Barge Vange Barge Bus Stop, High Road, Pitsea
Wakering Crouchmans Wakering High St/ Crouchmans Avenue
West Leigh Schools West Leigh Schools, London Rd, Leigh on Sea
Westcliff on Sea Bell PH Bell PH, Rochford Road Bus Stop
Westcliff on Sea Palace Palace Theatre, Westcliff on Sea
Wickford Halls Corner Halls Corner, opp Police Station, Wickford
x Benfleet Hopes see hope xxxxxHopes Green, High Road,xxxxxxxsee new p/up
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