Nestled in the South Hams district of Devon and a haven for ‘yachties’ and those who prefer to keep their deck shoes firmly on dry land, Salcombe is a popular resort town for all ages. It delivers beautiful golden sandy beaches, sparkling blue seas, wonderful walks and great food. Take a walk along the South West Coast Path and discover the hidden coves revealed at low tide or enjoy some bucket and spade action on the popular North Sands beach where there are many rock pools to explore.
From the town you’ll look out and see the beautiful East Portlemouth beach seemingly unreachable across the river. Luckily a number of ferries are available to take you over the water to this long sandy beach. The Railway and River Boat Company also offer boat trips to and from the town and wildlife watching trips, such as TV star Monty Halls’ Great Escapes, can be booked if you want to get closer to nature.
This vibrant town boasts a great range of shops where you can pick up the sailing look even if you have no intention of setting foot on the water. If you do want to get your feet wet there are various places to have a go at a range of water sports – from paddle boarding up the river to getting to grips with the wind and sails by taking out a Hobie Cat.
After all that exercise you’ll need to refuel; look no further than Fore Street for a range of great restaurants and food outlets where you can enjoy the best in local produce. Salcombe boasts a thriving harbour and freshly caught fish and crab features heavily on menus across the town.
If you’re here during the annual regatta you’ll be treated to fun and games from crabbing and sandcastle competitions, to tug-of-war and rowing as well as a glittering firework display.
A short drive gives you access to many surrounding villages in this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), all equally picturesque.