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Visit Salcombe in the South Hams, South Devon

Salcombe is a seafaring town located on the Southern-most tip of the South Hams coastline in South Devon, at the mouth of the six kilometre long Salcombe-Kingsbridge Estuary. Within the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is connected to both the National Cycle Network and the South West Coast Path. The National Trust is responsible for maintaining the majority of Salcombe’s Heritage Coastline.

Historically Salcombe has earned it’s living from traditional industries such as fishing, ship and boat building. Today elements of these industries still exist, but it is the growth of leisure and the tourist industry that now sets Salcombe as one of the most exclusive holiday destinations in the UK.

Things to Do in Salcombe

Salcombe experiences some of the mildest weather in the UK, most of the gardens around Salcombe  contain exotic plants and trees, some bearing fruit of oranges and lemons. A trip on a passenger ferry to South Sands and up to Overbecks Gardens and Museum is a must. This leads directly on to the South West Coast path, Starehole Bay and Bolt Head and if you are the longer distance walking type, safely continue to Soar Mill Cove and Bolberry Down. The coastal scenery will simply take your breath away.

A trip on one of the other Salcombe passenger ferries to East Portlemouth will take you to some of the UK’s finest sandy beaches including Mill Bay and Sunny Cove, stunning scenery of the Salcombe Estaury. The coast path walks to the east will take you along to Gara Rock and Lannacombe, again magnificent coastal scenery.

There are also a variety of activities for holidaymakers to do within this un-spoilt area, sailing in the estuary, hire a boat to explore the various creeks and beaches from the water. Go scuba diving, canoeing, kayaking, power boating, a rib ride, fishing and horse riding to name but a few!

Eating Out in Salcombe

There are a wide range of dining options in Salcombe and the surrounding area. These include award winning restaurants, cosy pubs, and coffee shops,  some with al fresco facilities and some catering especially for young families. All provide the best in local fish, meat and vegetables.

Shopping in Salcombe

Salcombe boasts some big names and some beautiful independent boutiques. It all began in Salcombe for retail brands Jack Wills and Crew who still have their original flagship stores here. Also on Fore Street you will find The Old Bag Company, Salcombe Traders, Amelias Attick, Fat Face, White Stuff, Henri Lloyd, Joules, Sea Salt, Musto, The Uppercrust Bakery and many more. There's also a toy shop, sweet shop, ice cream shops and cafes.

Wonder down to Island Street to find lots more shops and galleries, home to the famous Salcombe Dairy Ice Cream, Island Street Bar & Grill and many other independent marine traders.

South Hams Online /

The South Hams Online Directory is a very useful website to find places to visit in South Devon including:-





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