Salcombe sheltered natural harbour popular with sailors and visitors alike. On the South Devon Coast in the South Hams, mellow and mild. The Estuary is largely unspoilt and hence designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, great for coastal walks. Popular for wind-surfing, sailing, canoeing and visiting yachts and motor cruisers. In winter a haven for wading birds.
Salcombe. Browse the high quality goods offered in the shops along narrow Fore Street, from jewellery to paintings with a nautical theme to chandlers to antiquarian books to so expensive gifts. Bistros, restaurants with a seafood theme, coffee shops and cafe's and restaurant such as the Wardroom with unforgettable views across the river from their terrace. Victoria Inn for their seafood chowder. Not forgetting the Ferry Inn, and the Fortescue. Captain Morgans for all day breakfast and tea in a big mug.. In season take a boat trip upriver to Kingsbridge or along the South Devon Coast.
The port also makes an ideal base for divers, though for safety reasons no diving is allowed within the harbour. The Sea beyond the bar has often crystal clear water- the numerous wrecks are a mecca for divers. Wrecks include HMS Ramillies sunk in 1760, and the Herzogin Cecilie: a famous clipper ship.
Else walk south east past the dinghies of Smalls Cove, past the suntrap of Mill Bay, towards Sunny Cove- also a sheltered real suntrap, where at weekends often a dozen or more vessels moor just offshore whilst their occupants either sunbathe on board or disembark and generally relax on this sandy sheltered beach. Climb the 140 steps up towards East Portlemouth village for magnificent views over Salcombe and up the Estuary as far as Kingsbridge on a clear day. Enjoy a coffee and bite to eat in the Venus Cafe when waiting for the foot ferry back to town. Else follow estuary banks north west towards Southpool Cove, and around to Ditchend Cove. Please note there is very limited car parking on the East side of the estuary. For a longer Coast path walk stroll to Gara Rock. Or drive to Blackpool Sands, and around to Dartmouth.
Back in the town people watch along Whitestrand Quay, and Custom House Quay. Watch the coming and goings from the Pontoon. For a longer walk along Island Quay, and Batson Cove and up to Snapes Point with its far reaching estuary views. On a sunny fluffy cloud day one really does feel one is on the roof of the world.
Take the South Sands Ferry, carrying foot passengers, prams, bicycles and dogs only. Embarkation from Whitestrand Pontoon, sea tractor disembarkation. Enjoy the views and mouth watering food on offer at the Winking Prawn, behind North Sands Beach. Don't miss their BBQ's.
Overbecks Museum and Garden. A mile out of town- a luxuriant coastal garden surrounding an elegant Edwardian house containing diverse collections. With fine views over the Estuary. The house contains the collections of eccentric inventor Otto Overbeck. Follow the coast path around to Starehole Bay, and around to Bolt Head. Beyond that Hope Cove full of character, once used only by fishermen, thatched cottages and The Hope & Anchor Inn, all within the wide sweep of Bigbury Bay.
Devon Walks Snapes Point, nr Salcombe South Devon 2 miles. A nice off the beaten track walk overlooking the Estuary above sleepy Salcombe.
Sheltered from the worst of the prevailing winds by the headland of Bolt Tail, tucked into Bigbury Bay is the former fishing village of Hope Cove,
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