Summer in Salcombe – the top 10 things to do in 2016!

January 21st, 2016 | By Clare McCombe

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Coast & Country Cottages has now launched a new film called #SummerinSalcombe, featuring stunning footage of the picturesque coastline, unspoilt beaches and wonderful scenery found in this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

With so much on offer during summer in Salcombe, why not start planning your 2016 visit to this popular sailing town today. Here is a guide to the top 10 things to do in the area, as featured in the film #SummerinSalcombe!

  1. Hire a boat

Whether you are a complete novice, or an experienced sailor, Salcombe has always been a popular destination for those looking to head out on the water. With boats of all shapes and sizes available to hire, and tuition for those less-experienced, all abilities are catered for in this sailing town.

  1. Sample the seafood

Nestled on the Kingsbridge/Salcombe Estuary, on the stunning South West coastline, this fishing town is arguably one of the best places to sample seafood in the country. Salcombe crab is particularly famous – those with a love of seafood will certainly be well catered for during summer in Salcombe! Why not head to The Winking Prawn at North Sands beach, where you can sample the Fruits De Mer platter with your friend or partner… delicious!

Salcombe Crabbing -3. Crabbing on the quayside.

If you are planning a getaway this summer in Salcombe with your children,  one of the most popular pastimes has to be crabbing on the quayside. Grab your fishing lines, bait, nets and buckets, and set up on the quay. Why not compete to see who can catch the most crabs in an hour?

  1. Walk the South West Coast Path with your dog

The South West Coast Path is certainly a jewel in South Devon’s crown, and the walking routes around Salcombe are not to be missed! Pack up a picnic of local produce and head out for a day walking along the clifftops from Salcombe towards the former smugglers’ haunt of Hope Cove and the traditional village of Thurlestone. Take your dogs too – they will love sniffing the scents found on the path. With mesmerising sea views, and stunning scenery across the Devon countryside, you won’t be disappointed either!

  1. Try new watersports

For watersports enthusiasts, the opportunities during summer in Salcombe are endless. Those wanting to learn a new skill, like kayaking or Stand-Up Paddleboading, can arrange tuition, whilst for more seasoned watersports fans without their own gear, it couldn’t be easier to hire equipment. The calm, safe waters found at the Salcombe beaches provide the perfect place for trying a whole manner of activities on the water – if you are unsure where to start, head to Blue Flag awarded South Sands beach during summer in Salcombe, where you can make equipment hire and tuition arrangements.

  1. Swim in the sea

Situated in the southernmost tip of Devon, Salcombe boasts one of the warmest micro climates on mainland Britain – making it a perfect place to enjoy a swim in the sea this summer! Whether you fancy paddling in the shallow surf at North Sands, or a longer swim from the beaches at East Portlemouth, the warm clear waters are great for those who fancy a dip.

  1. Shopping

Salcombe is a very desirable holiday destination for those looking for retail therapy! During the summer in Salcombe, you will find everything from art galleries and shoe shops, to clothing boutiques, many of which open long hours to cater for those still browsing Fore Street into the early evening. Whether you are looking to pick up a memento to remind you of summer in Salcombe, presents for loved ones, or perhaps some new garments to add to your wardrobe, this is a great place for purchasing a few well-deserved treats! If you are looking to spend a little less, pop to Cranch’s traditional sweet shop, where you can buy fudge to take home.

  1. Enjoy ‘sundowners’ overlooking the Salcombe Estuary

There are a number of eateries and pubs close to the water’s edge, excellent for ‘sundowners’ and some perfect for evening drinks overlooking the Salcombe Estuary. Why not head to Dick and Wills, where you can sit outside on the terrace watching life on the water, whilst sipping a glass of something chilled – a blissful way to end the day!

East Portlemouth beach9. Visit the beach!

There is a beach to suit all requirements. Head to (aptly named!) Sunny Cove to soak up the sunshine and build sandcastles, or North Sands, where you can climb over the rocks hunting for creatures left stranded by the outgoing tide in the many rockpools.

  1. Ice creams on the quayside.

Salcombe’s quayside is certainly one of the more picturesque in the region. Stroll along the water’s edge with a delicious locally made ice cream, admiring the views across the estuary (particularly beautiful at high tide) before settling down on one of the benches or seating areas, a great way to spend an afternoon this summer in Salcombe.


For more information on things to do, and ideas to help you plan your next visit to Salcombe, read #SummerinSalcombe.