#YourSouthDevon: Behind the scenes

By Ross Purdy on February 7, 2017

Our new #YourSouthDevon video showcases how holidaymakers here can spend each day as actively or leisurely as they wish. Here’s some information about the places we visited to create this feature.

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Let’s start with some of the beaches that form the backdrop of many scenes in #YourSouthDevon.

Bat and ball games at South Sands

Bat and ball games at South Sands near Salcombe

South Sands is an unspoilt cove just a short walk from Salcombe – it’s the perfect spot for a day at the beach, followed by something to eat at the nearby Winking Prawn restaurant. You can reach South Sands on foot from Salcombe (around fifteen minutes) or take the popular South Sands Ferry.

The Sea Tractor

Visitors access the South Sands Ferry from the Sea Tractor, pictured below.

The Sea Tractor, ferrying passengers from Bigbury-On-Sea to Burgh Island



Bigbury-On-Sea’s stunning beach, famed for its surfing waves as well as the tidal land bridge that links it to Burgh Island, made an unmissable location for our video.

Bigbury ball games

Ball games at Bigbury-On-Sea

This part of South Devon offers plenty of expansive beaches from Hope Cove to Challaborough – lots of room for kickabout.

North Sands

North Sands, less than a mile south of the centre of Salcombe, is ideal for picnics…

A picnic at North Sands, Salcombe, Devon

… and pooches!

North Sands is a great spot for playing with the dog

Sandcastles at East Portlemouth beach

There’s a nice mix of fine shingle and sandy beaches in South Devon, each with their own advantages. Sandy East Portlemouth, a stunning series of beaches you can access by passenger ferry from Salcombe, is perfect for building magnificent sandcastles, not to mention sunbathing, swimming and all your favourite seaside activities.Sandcastles at East Portlemouth

The view from East Portlemouth

The beaches of East Portlemouth are gorgeous when seen from Salcombe, and the reverse is also true!East Portlemouth view of Salcombe

You can find out much more about South Devon’s best beaches here.


Food and drink

If watching #YourSouthDevon made you hungry, spare a thought for our team members who visited all these places to get the footage! Let’s look at the foodie businesses we featured in our video.

The Bake House

Every year, the Bake House in Salcombe quickly becomes a favourite amongst newcomers to Salcombe, just as it remains a first port-of-call for those who return to the area over and over again.

The Bake House in Salcombe

Sharpham Wine and Cheese Dairy

Sharpham Vineyard, on the south-facing slopes of the Dart Valley near Totnes, has a well-deserved reputation for excellence in creating deliciously fruity wines.Sharpham wine

Their creamy cheeses are equally renowned!

Salcombe Dairy ice cream

ice creamWith so many flavours on offer, you’ll need to try an awful lot of Salcombe Dairy ice cream before you can be completely sure which is the best – it’s all in the name of research, of course…

Salcombe Dairy Ice Cream

Roly’s Fudge

Roly’s Fudge, winners of our Best South Devon Fudge Award (based on a blind test), simply had to be included in our video.

Irresistible fudge from Roly's in Salcombe

Cranch’s Sweet Shop

Cranchs-Sweet-Shop-While we’re on the subject of sweet treats, we’re big fans of Cranch’s traditional sweet shop, which you’ll find on Fore Street in Salcombe.

Cranch's is Salcombe's traditional sweet shop

Pizza from the Pickwick Inn

The Pickwick Inn near Bigbury is an ever-popular foodie pub which serves top-notch pizzas… like this one.

Perfect pizzas from the Pickwick Inn

Afternoon tea at Buckland Tout-Saints

Buckland Tout-Saints Hotel is a popular choice for indulgent traditional afternoon and cream teas. Surrounded by beautiful countryside, it’s well worth a visit.

An afternoon tea at Buckland Tout Saints hotel


From gentle walks on the South West Coast Path to surfing the waves off Bantham and Bigbury-On-Sea, our #YourSouthDevon video shows some of the activities for all to enjoy.


Toboggan rides are always irresistible for kids. We visited Woodlands Family Theme Park, just a few miles from Dartmouth, to capture some of the fun.

Woodlands Family Theme Park has rides for all tastes, including this toboggan slide

Paddleboarding at South Milton Sands

South Milton Sands is a popular beach for walkers, sunbathers and watersports enthusiasts alike. This stand-up paddleboard was hired from Triocean Surf.

Paddleboarding at South Milton Sands

Bodyboards at South Sands

With Sea Kayak Salcombe on hand, there’s plenty of watersports equipment for hire, including these bodyboards.Bodyboarding at South Sands near Salcombe

Discovery Surf School at Bigbury-On-Sea

Yet another reason to love Bigbury-On-Sea – it’s home to Discovery Surf School and their team of expert instructors.

Kayaking at Blackpool Sands

Stunning Blackpool sands, an unspoilt cove of fine shingle at the northern tip of Start Bay near Dartmouth, offers kayaks for hire (seasonally).

Kayaking at Blackpool Sands

Heading onto the Coast Path at Hope Cove

As well as being a hugely attractive destination in its own right, Hope Cove is also the ideal starting point for a range of coastal walks.

The South West Coast Path at Hope Cove


There’s lots for little ones to enjoy at Pennywell Farm, a perfectly-sized attraction for young families, with generous supply of adorable animals to pet and play with…

A pony at Pennywell Zoo

…plus lots more to occupy the kids, such as a play area with a maze and an indoor soft play centre.

Thurlestone Golf Club

A round of golf at Thurlestone Golf Club involves stunning coastal views.

A rib ride off Salcombe

We pick up the pace with footage of a rib ride, courtesy of Sea N Shore, based in Salcombe.

A rib ride off Salcombe


Prefer to travel under your own steam? This scenic jog took place at Torpoint.


Dart Marina Health Spa

Dart Marina, just 10 minutes’ walk from the centre of Dartmouth, offers a range of indulgent treatments and packages. Guest membership is provided with most of our Dart Marina properties.

Dart Marina

24 DART MARINWe offer 14 Dart Marina properties, many of which benefit from private balconies and uninterrupted views of the River Dart.

The balcony at a Dart Marina property

Explore our stunning range of properties in Salcombe, Dartmouth and the South Hams, and start looking forward to an unforgettable break in #YourSouthDevon.

Looking for more reasons to spend your summer break in South Devon? How about these 51 reasons to visit South Devon or our A-Z guide to things to do in South Devon?