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Designed to showcase the wonderful scenery you can expect to find in this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, watch our video for an insight into 11 must visit places in South Devon.

With meandering rivers, world-class beaches, magical woodland, dramatic valleys, expansive moorland and spectacular scenery as far as the eye can see, there is so much to be enjoyed. All within a short walk or drive of your holiday home!

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11 must visit places in South Devon

Whilst the awe-inspiring footage speaks for itself, we’ve also included some facts about each location included in the video. Use the quick links below to find out more about a particular destination, or continue reading for our top 11 must visit places in South Devon:

  1. Bigbury-on-Sea
  2. Salcombe
  3. Bantham
  4. Hope Cove
  5. Torcross
  6. Hallsands
  7. Beesands
  8. Thurlestone
  9. Dartmouth
  10. Dittisham
  11. South Pool

  1. Bigbury-on-Sea


The third generation hydraulic Sea Tractor is the perfect way to access Burgh Island at high tide. So whether you’re heading across to explore this historic island, or to simply enjoy a meal at the iconic Pilchard Inn, this is a great option if the tides are against you and you are unable to cross the sand on foot. The fare is £2.00 each way.

Read our Bigbury-on-Sea Beach Guide.

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  1. Salcombe


The popular sailing town of Salcombe is home to 7 sandy beaches, some of which are located at East Portlemouth, reached by the small foot passenger ferry. With beautiful options including the aptly named ‘Sunny Cove’, the peaceful ‘Small’s Cove’, and the popular inlets of South Sands and North Sands, those wanting to build sandcastles, swim, or paddleboard have plenty of options.

Take a look at our Salcombe blog articles for some more inspiration on what to do and see on your next holiday in Salcombe.

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  1. Bantham


Regarded by many as a surfers’ paradise, Bantham Beach is the perfect place to learn new board skills, or to hone your abilities. Whether you are experienced or a complete novice, Bantham offers fabulous conditions for a great surfing experience.

For those completely new to it, there are surf schools offering great tuition – Bantham Surf School and Discovery Surf just across the water at Bigbury-on-sea. Don’t worry about equipment, they can help with that too! Check out the little boy enjoying his surf lesson in the video – who just happened to be on holiday with Coast & Country Cottages at the time!

For more information on Bantham and its fantastic beach, read our Bantham Beach Guide.

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  1. Hope Cove

Hope Cove - must visit places in South Devon

Nestled on the South Devon coastline, just a short drive from Salcombe and Kingsbridge, and with the South West Coast Path running through it, Hope Cove is a small village with a big character. A wonderful holiday destination for those looking to truly experience a seaside getaway. Hope Cove has two popular bars, serving great food and fantastic local tipples. Why not sip a Salcombe Gin and Tonic in the sunshine on the balcony at The Cove Café Bar!

Find out more information using our Hope Cove Beach Guide.

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  1. Torcross

Torcross Beach

The picturesque village of Torcross lies at the southern tip of Slapton Sands, a 3 mile long stretch of shingle beach that is dog-friendly all year round. Full of historical and natural interest, this scenic village is home to a handful of popular eateries and is within easy walking distance of some truly charming local beaches, including Blue Flag-awarded Blackpool Sands.

Read our Slapton Sands Beach Guide.

Browse our range of holiday cottages in Torcross.

  1. Hallsands

Hallsands Coastal Walks

The fishing village of Hallsands is a great starting point for those wanting to explore South Devon on foot, with the South West Coast Path running past the beach and houses. One of the most popular walking routes is from Beesands to Hallsands, offering unrivaled views of Start Bay. Read more about this walk by visiting our blog ‘Beesands to Hallsands Circular | South Devon Walks‘.

Take a look at our Hallsands Beach Guide.

Discover our self catering cottages in Hallsands.

  1. Beesands

Beesands - dog friendly beach

For those looking to switch off from their daily routines and escape to somewhere ‘away from it all’, Beesands is an ideal spot.

Popular with those looking to entertain four legged friends, the beach is dog-friendly all year round and there are two fantastic eateries, Britania @ The Beach and The Cricket Inn, where you can enjoy your meal overlooking the sea.

Read our Beesands Beach Guide.

Explore our selection of Beesands holiday cottages.

  1. Thurlestone

Thurlestone golf course

Positioned on the coastline, Thurlestone’s links golf course can’t be beaten for views, with Thurlestone Rock to the East, and Burgh Island to the West. Golf is far from all that Thurlestone has to offer, with multiple sandy beaches, a nature reserve, luxurious spa, and traditional pub all close by.

Read the Thurlestone Beach Guide.

Browse our holiday homes in Thurlestone.

  1. Dartmouth

Dartmouth - 52 miles of river dart

Picturesque Dartmouth, at the mouth of the famous River Dart, plays host to fabulous restaurants, indulgent pampering opportunities, pretty shopping streets and more.

With 52 miles of meandering river to explore. Dartmouth is a hotspot for watersports enthusiasts, nature lovers, or those simply looking to enjoy breathtaking views. For inspiration on how to spend your time in this historic town, read our blog ’12 ways to enjoy the River Dart’.

For some more inspiration on what to do and see on your next holiday in Dartmouth, take a look at our Dartmouth blog articles.

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  1. Dittisham


Just a short ferry ride or drive from Dartmouth, the village of Dittisham is a timeless destination with a number of pubs and eateries. For locally-caught seafood visit the Anchorstone Café on the waterfront, or for character and charm visit the Ferry Boat Inn. Combining food and drink with a village shop and post office, the Red Lion Inn is also in the heart of Dittisham.

Read our Dittisham Village Guide for more information.

Take a look at our range of holiday homes in Dittisham.

  1. South Pool

South Pool - must visit places in south devon

The pretty village of South Pool is a fantastic destination for a waterside break. Spend time crabbing on the pontoon or at high tide visit Salcombe by boat. A wonderful way to explore the crystal clear estuary. This charming village also boasts an award-winning pub, the Millbrook Inn.

Read our handy South Pool Village Guide.

Discover our selection of holiday cottages in South Pool.

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With such a wide range of places to visit, all within easy reach of your South Devon holiday home, why not book your South Devon holiday today?

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