South Devon is home to a host of stunning unspoilt beauty spots ranging from pretty woodland, to breathtaking coastal paths and secluded sandy coves. Here are four of the top spots, in and around Salcombe, well worth a visit this winter…
Overbeck’s House & Gardens The National Trust property Overbeck’s House and Gardens, in the picturesque sailing town of Salcombe is a beautiful place to explore on a family day out. The property was formerly the seaside home of inventor and scientist Otto Overbeck. His gardens and house are perched high on the cliffs above Salcombe, with glorious views over the estuary and coast. Walk through the sub-tropical gardens spotting the rare flora and fauna, open from 14th February 2015 onwards, before enjoying a traditional Devonshire cream tea in the Old Billard room.
Start Point Lighthouse Start Point Lighthouse is situated in a breathtaking position on the Start Bay coastline. This lighthouse has been functioning for over 170 years, and is open for tours on 15th, 18th and 19th February 2015 – call 01803 771 802 for more information. Certainly one of South Devon’s iconic buildings, the lighthouse is easily accessible via the coast path, even for those with pushchairs. Situated in a stunning spot on the South West Coast Path, why not take a picnic and stroll along this picturesque coastline, with unsurpassed views stretching out towards Salcombe?
Soar Mill Cove Soar Mill Cove is a beautiful secluded sandy beach perfect for a romantic stroll or an afternoon rock pooling with the children. A hidden gem waiting to be explored, Soar Mill Cove is just a 10 minute drive from Salcombe. Situated on the South West Coast Path, this unspoilt pet friendly beauty spot, surrounded by rolling countryside, is a definite must during the quieter winter months.
Torcross The small village of Torcross is fabulous all year round. The village is home to a stunning shingle beach and a wonderful nature reserve where wildlife lovers can enjoy bird watching and feeding ducks. Torcross also has a fascinating history and was one of the many beaches along the English coastline used for the training of British and American Troops in 1944 – visit the Sherman Tank that stands as a monument in the village, before enjoying a fish and chips on the beach!
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