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Designed to showcase the wonderful scenery you can expect to find in this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, watch our new video for an insight into 11 must-visit towns and villages 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!
Whilst the awe-inspiring footage speaks for itself, we’ve also included some facts for those looking to find out more about each of these locations:
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.
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 ‘Stink Cove’, and the popular inlets of South Sands and North Sands, those wanting to build sandcastles, swim, or paddleboard have plenty of options.
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 two surf schools offering great tuition – Discovery Surf and Bantham Surf School. 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 holiday with Coast & Country Cottages at the time!
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 2 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!
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.
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 unrivalled views of Start Bay. Read more about this walk by visiting our blog ‘Beesands to Hallsands Circular | South Devon Walks‘.
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.
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.
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’.
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.
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.
With such a wide range of places to visit, all within easy reach of your South Devon holiday home, why not book your 2019 holiday today?