Babbacombe Crags are an intriguing collection of shady cliffs and secluded bays which extend northwards from Long Quarry Point towards the picturesque harbour at Babbacombe. They have a northeasterly aspect, so conditions are best in the summer season. The climbing varies considerably and offers the full spectrum of Torbay climbing experience.
Take the footpath signed to Walls Hill Downs from beside The Range retail outlet. Continue across the open ground to a pink shelter. The approaches start from here.
The topography of the area is relatively complex and warrants a little time spent in familiarisation. The 2018 South Devon guide gives detail on the key access routes. Gloves, secateurs and an adventurous disposition are beneficial as some of the descent paths are ill-frequented.
As well as being a fine viewpoint and picnic spot, Flagstaff Point is the starting point for the southward descent to Sea Slater RHS/Love Not War area and the northward descent to both Exile Buttress and the abseil approach for The Wake. Northwards along the edge of the Downs, two separate descent paths close to a prominent kink in the fence (a viewpoint, with a bench) lead down to the respective abseil approaches for the Neophron Wall and Krapps Area in New Quarry. Further north again, a walk-in route to New Quarry can be gained from the gated road which heads downslope from the cricket club; bear right across a curious level area overhung by trees at the point where the road swings left then continue down the steep coastal slope. Withy Point can be reached from Babbacombe Harbour. Access to the adjacent Anaconda area is possible from above by exploring the woodland below the Coast Path.
If you don’t have the benefit of the guide book and need more guidance, contact the moderator Anaconda via. UKC.