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Redgate Beach

Torquay, Torbay

This beach is closed due to the unstable cliffs above.

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Redgate beach is one of the jewels in the Torbay crown and it is tragedy that it remains closed. Reasons for its closure are documented as dangerous cliffs likely to fall. It has been closed since the early 90's however there is little or no evidence of rock fall. Was it closed to quickly by an over catious council frightened by predictions given by there H&S advisors?
Is it not time to revisit this and come up with a plan to re-open this magnificent beach? It is worth noting that there is more chance of a cliff fall at Oddicombe beach than at Redgate.

Trevor Heagney, 29 August 2012

Redgate was my childhood beach. 20 yrs of brilliant holidays on what is undoubtedly Torbay's best beach. The boat services between all the beaches was a fabulous service too - the Nomad served us well. The lads (father and sons) who ran the water sports on the beach were excellent andi learnt my love of sailing and the water on Redgate beach? There were always winter rockfalls - the cliff looked slightly different each year ... But never saw a rockfall in the summer! The cliffs are no less safe than Meadfoot beach or Babbacome. Cannot believe the beach has been closed so long. Is ansteys any safer round the bay? Over cautious council I expect.. Probably the same as raised issues about the 'dangerous' palm trees along the seafront! Cliff erosion is natural along all British coastal areas so why is Redgate different
The beach itself is the safest in Torbay for swimming and water sports and without it there isn't really a safe option especially for children. Torbay sands has a tide issue anddifficult to swim in when the tide is out and Meadfoot is very rocky. More people used Redgate than Oddicome so it seems senseless not to put finances into restoring it rather than Oddicome. I have travelled all over the world and still believe that Redgate is a top beach. Sad at its demise.


J. Hayes, 30 October 2012

Loved this beautiful beach as a child in 1950s. Great for swimming and clambering on the rocks! Re visited it in 1984 with my own children and was delighted to find it as lovely as ever. I am sad to think it is now closed. Why is it more dangerous than ansteys cove?

C staerck, 18 January 2013

Agree with your sentiments entirely. One of my favourite beaches. When the children were small in the 1980's we used to go to Stoke Gabriel for our holidays & travel over every day to Redgate, which I always call Ansteys Cove. Maybe because Ansteys is open no-one bats an eyelid until they get down there & can't reach the beach! I used to love the noise the boards made when you walked over to the beach.

Sally Chammings, 21 April 2014

Spent many holidays in Torquay in the 1980s and early 1990s and Redgate was undoubtably the best beach in Torbay; a perfect sun-trap in the most beautiful surroundings. It is genuinely heartbreaking to see such a beautiful place locked away, especially if there has been no further rockfall for a number of years. Just the right amount of facilities with a small cafe, boat trips round the bay, toilets round the corner in Anstey's Cove. The wonderful wooden pier/bridge to take you around the cliff face. I feel genuinely lucky to have treasured memories of a very special place, and saddened that no one is able to experience this today.

M. Davies, 19 August 2014

I lived at Colwyn Court, 5 minutes run from Anstey's Cove, for ten years (1977 to 1986), and Redgate Beach (accessible from Anstey's Cove or the 'Babbacombe Downs' was the best beach in the area.
I am revisiting the area this Summer (205), after being away for too long, and would love to go back to Redgate again.
As others have said, the cliffs have always been unstable, and there were times when we couldn't access it (the boardwalk and/or the cliff path were closed), but it's not clear if/why that means it can't be open in the Summer.
So I agree that it is very sad to hear that the council has not been able to keep it open. for the last 20 years!

Laurence, 1 February 2015

I used redgate beach many times during my visits to Torquay ,always a place I loved to visit . I arrived at Torquay July 2015 ,a beautiful summers day we grabbed all our picnic gear heading for a wonderful day on redgate beach ,walking down the steps talking about the happy memories we shared,walking towards the rocks getting ready to walk along the wooden boardwalk to take you to the sands , I could not believe my eyes to see it all closed with ( no access) signs and no boardwalk, so disappointed the end of an hidden jem

craig copson, 4 August 2015

Such happy happy memories of Redgate beach both from my childhood in the 1940s/50s with Mum,Dad and brother David when we stayed at the Glen Hotel on Babbacombe Beach Rd and with my own children in the 70s/80s. Every day we would walk down to Babbacombe beach before heading off and settling on Redgate for the day,my children loved to scramble over the boulders,sail the paddle boats and consume endless ice creams and picnics in what was luckily always hot balmy weather, I never remember a rainy day.Regate was a real suntrap. I can remember walking round the cliff path and seeing the Palace Hotel (I think) and being told that in a previous life it had been the Bishops Palace ? Is it still there? When I was about 14 staying at the Glen the owner asked if Id like to go out early next morning to help collect the lobster pots,what an adventure creeping through the hotel and onto the beach with everyone else still asleep.My Dads favourite pastime was to sit in the Glen garden or on a nearby wall and watch the cars struggling to get back up the hill from Babbacombe beach,hilarious as they chugged and lurched their way drowning us in petrol fumes,my Dad used to spend many an hour engrossed.One evening as my husband Brian and our children Abigail and Jonathan after dinner at our hotel the Dunstone on Lower Warberry walked past the Babbacombe Theatre and could hear 'Donald Wheres Your Trousers' being sung full pelt by I presume Andy Stewart ? When Abigail was 2 we had a week at the Tranmere Guest House on the Downs,my aunty Edna was a dressmaker and made us both 7 dresses in the same material for our holiday,I remember vividly each evening walking hand in hand with little Abi into the dining room like twins.My husband and I are going to Lynton in Devon and Looe Cornwall in July 2015 and will have a day of reliving such wonderful memories on a day out round and about Babbacombe....cant wait !

Helen Norbury, 13 June 2015

We visited this beach every year from 1985 when my son was born and my daughter in 1987 until probably 2005. We have such happy memories of the whole area. We rented a flat in the Cary Arms when Keith and Sheila owned it then B&B in the Glen until it was also sold (and demolished!). My son would row his inflatable boat from the beach at 'the pub on the beach' to Redgate. The beach was such a focal point of the holiday as both my children loved to explore the beach then go on one of the boat trips that Mike ran - collecting the lobster pots or the 'Pirate's special'. We met up with the same families year after year on the beach and the children just slipped into the friendships as if it was only yesterday they had played together and not a whole year. They all grew up together in this special place. We have been back a couple of times to Torquay/Babbacombe and we too are so sad that this fantastic area has been left inaccessible. There doesn't appear to have been any rock falls of note so is it simply the council aren't prepared to take on the cost to repair and re-instate the walkway? Nothing ever stays the same and I see that the Cary arms is no longer the welcoming 'pub on the beach' where Maggie, one of the pub dogs would chew stones from the beach and the divers would come in for food and a blether with Keith or Sheila but I would have thought that a place of such natural beauty and worth would be looked after to be shared with future generations so they too can have these special memories.
Dallas family,Hamilton,Scotland

Sally Dallas, 21 February 2017

I grew up working on the boats at red gate beach. My mothers partner Mike owned the boats and cafe there for many years during the 80's. One of the highlights of my life was being the deckie on the motor launch 'Nomad' with skipper Chris Walters (a true Devonian) during the summer seasons. Boat trips to the pub on the beach at the Cary arms, also the kids special trip to the octopus caves at the Orestone. I moved to Australia over 20 years ago and only just recently found out about this magical locations demise. This has truely broken my heart. Shame on you Torbay council. Redgate beach and Ansteys cove have history that should be preserved and cherished. Not cast aside and shut down. So terribly sad.😥

Damon Riley, 24 November 2016

I grew up working on the boats at red gate beach. My mothers partner Mike owned the boats and cafe there for many years during the 80's. One of the highlights of my life was being the deckie on the motor launch 'Nomad' with skipper Chris Walters (a true Devonian) during the summer seasons. Boat trips to the pub on the beach at the Cary arms, also the kids special trip to the octopus caves at the Orestone. I moved to Australia over 20 years ago and only just recently found out about this magical locations demise. This has truely broken my heart. Shame on you Torbay council. Redgate beach and Ansteys cove have history that should be preserved and cherished. Not cast aside and shut down. So terribly sad.😥

Damon Riley, 24 November 2016

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