Torbay Paddle Planner


Welcome to our Torbay Paddleboarding planner, a tool to better plan your paddle when you're visiting the best paddleboarding waters in the UK! live feed from windy.app

 

 

 


For the avoidance of doubt the decision to go onto the water remains your responsibility, but we have provided a number of links to help you check the conditions before you decide where to go!

General Guidance

1. Where you want to paddle and where it's safe to paddle are two very different things - You should dress for the water temperature and conditions and ensure you are kitted out appropriately - buoyancy aid, ankle leash or ideally quick release waist leash, whistle and a mobile phone in a waterproof case or a VHF radio

2. The wind in Torbay: If the wind arrows are pointing from the west to the east (left to right across the screen) then you will likely experience what are known as "offshore winds" - they blow off the shore and out to sea. They are a common cause of RNLI lifeboat rescues in the UK.

3. The tides in Torbay - the tide moves ALONG the coast as well as 'in and out' so if you want to paddle from south (brixham) to north (torquay) paddling between low and high tide may help you a little and of course the reverse for the way back! 

4. The warm temperatures in Torbay are always welcome but can cause complacency and be a dangerous contributor to accidents. Warm sunshine does not equal warm water especially in early spring. Dress for the water not the air - and stay hydrated.

4. Beach webcams can give you a good benchmark of the overall sea conditions in Torbay but be aware that offshore winds can make the sea appear calm so always pay attention to the wind map and be prepared to change locations if it is not what you are expecting on arrival .

Launch locations in Torbay

Launching from the harbours in Torbay is a bit of a no-no from a safety perspective, however you can launch from nearby beaches with the benefit that you can plan your paddle so you do not need to cross a harbour mouth. More information is available from the Torbay Harbour Authority Paddleboard Guidance

Our preferred paddle locations are below. 

Town Beach Overview Google Maps + Webcam links
Torquay Maidencombe Beach Steep steps down to beach, Paid Car Park, Café with toilet Map link
Torquay Meadfoot Beach Steep shingle beach, steep steps from paid car park, limited free on road parking, slipway access also steep steps to beach, Café, freshwater showers toilets Map Link
Torquay Abbey Sands gently sloping sandy beach, freshwater shower, cafe, toilets  Map Link
Torquay Oddicombe Beach loooong steep road access, or cliff railway (deflate SUPs!), Café

Map Link 

Webcam

Torqua Babbacombe Beach long very steep road access, Pub Map Link
Torquay Anstey's Cove short steep tarmac foot access or steps, rocky to open water Map Link
Torquay Livermead Sands Steep steps access, no facilities, Waterski lane

Map Link 

Webcam

Torquay Roundham Head Beach access on SUP from fairy cove or goodrington beach, risky in bad weather Map Link
Torquay Institute Beach Often closed due to cliff erosion, no facilities

Map Link

Webcam

Torquay Beacon Cove Steep steps to pebble beach, rocky to open water (avoids harbour mouth for routes torward london bridge, meadfoot) Map Link
Preston Hollicombe Beach Park on road and walk through park then under railway tunnel Map Link
Preston Preston Sands sloping sandy beach, freshwater showers, cafes, good surf in an easterly wind Map Link
Paignton Paignton Beach sloping sandy beach, freshwater showers, cafes, good surf in an easterly wind, nearby train to the river dart at Greenway and Kingswear Map Link
Paignton Fairy Cove shingle beach, best at high tide as rocky to open water, avoids harbour mouth for routes towards goodrington sands Map Link
Paignton Goodrington Sands sloping sandy beach, freshwater showers, cafes Map Link
Paignton Broadsands Beach sloping sandy beach, freshwater showers, cafes

Map Link 

Webcam

Paignton Elberry Cove SUP access from Broadsands Beach, pebbles  Map Link
Brixham Churston Cove best accessed on SUP from Fishcombe Cove Map Link
Brixham Fishcombe Cove steep tarmac foot access, avoids harbour mouth for routes towards broadsands beach Map Link
Brixham Brixham Breakwater Beach Easy access from car park, avoids harbour mouth for routes towards Berry Head

Map Link

Webcam