Places to visit in the South Hams

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Salcombe

 

The Jewel of the South Hams – just under 3 miles down the hill from us you can walk on the safe new footpath or drive or we can even drop you down if you want. There are loads of great eateries and a stunning harbour. If you like walking, sailing or boat tours or eating seafood and watching the world go by then you will be in heaven here. It is also the origins of the now famous Jack Wills brand and of course where Crew Clothing was born. It has a lovely chilled vibe and there are some great shops and quirky eateries sampling all the local Devon delights. It is also home to our 2 other closest beaches – North Sands and South Sands 

Kingsbridge

If you love the hustle and bustle of a traditional English market town, you’ll love the South Devon estuary town of Kingsbridge. Situated in the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Kingsbridge sits on the Salcombe estuary and is surrounded by lush, green rolling countryside, making it a popular destination for walking and sailing all year round. Kingsbridge is a great place to base yourself during a holiday for exploring South Devon beaches, the South West Coast Path and nearby towns and villages. From surfing to vineyards, there’s a lot to see and do in the Kingsbridge area. The estuary provides plenty of opportunities if you’re a water sports enthusiast, such as kayaking, sailing and stand up paddle boarding. Nearby beaches such as Slapton, Salcombe and East Portlemouth are great for days out building sandcastles or just relaxing in the area’s beauty. Kingsbridge has an eclectic selection of independent shops and a whole host of intriguing antique shops, art galleries, and gift shops to explore. Cafes, pubs and restaurants line the town, serving the best local produce, including local craft beers, ales, cider, and even wine and Gin. With a three screen cinema, yoga studio and leisure centre with swimming pool there are plenty of opportunities to stay active and entertained. Known as a great walking town, you can explore the South West Coast Path and the South Devon AONB from Kingsbridge, and enjoy wonderful countryside views across the region. There are hundreds of walks to choose from across the local area. Explore the town via passages such as Squeezebelly Alley and discover not only Kingsbridge’s history but hidden treasures such as mosaics, a community garden and miniature railway.

Modbury

Modbury is a beautiful small market town in the heart of South Devon and one of the smallest towns in the region. But Modbury is famous due to its shops’ policy of banning the use of plastic carrier bags in 2007, long before the rest of the UK. Centrally located in the heart of the South Devon countryside, Modbury is boasts spectacular views, walks and scenery all year round, yet is just a short drive from the coastline and some of the UK’s best beaches. The pretty town is full of independent shops, pubs and cafe’s, and is the perfect place to while away a few hours of retail therapy – with unique gifts and local produce on sale. From arts and crafts to fine dining on quality local produce, Modbury is a picturesque and lively South Devon holiday destination that takes the idea of preserving its unique environment seriously. Recorded in the Doomsday book Modbury, meaning ‘meeting place’ in Old English, is a Saxon settlement. The town was the scene of two battles in the English Civil War, and by the 19th Century was prospering thanks to the wool trade. Today the town attracts visitors for its rural location and cultural heritage. Modbury is a walkers paradise, with the South West Coast Path, South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and a variety of heritage trail walks around the town itself.

Ivybridge

Ivybridge If you’re looking for something a little more laid back and off the beaten track then the town of Ivybridge gives you a great alternative to the usual seaside holiday destinations. Surrounded by beautiful countryside and moorland, Ivybridge has a magnificent natural setting and a rich heritage of traditional South Devon industries such as milling and cloth making. The town’s name comes from the bridge over the fast flowing River Erme, which powered Ivybridge’s mills. The first recorded reference to Ivybridge was in 1280 as a place to cross the River Erme, and by the 1700s the town was thriving as a coaching station on the Exeter to Plymouth road, with a hotel and other facilities for travellers. The bridge was widened to allow heavier traffic and then in 1819 a new bridge was built. The original Ivy Bridge – the medieval packhorse bridge – still stands and is well worth a visit. You can also follow in the footsteps of famous artists including Turner, who was inspired to immortalise the bridge on canvas. As a gateway to Dartmoor National Park, there are plenty of trails leading you out of Ivybridge and into the surrounding countryside. Once you’ve had enough of exploring, the town centre has some characterful pubs to relax in, and small independent retailers selling quality local produce and arts and crafts

Totnes

Totnes is an historic market town that combines alternative therapies, breathtakingly beautiful countryside and a fascinating history. Sitting in the heart of South Devon on the banks of the River Dart, this unique and charming town has an international reputation for its lively and diverse community and relaxed atmosphere For shopping addicts Totnes offers an excellent range of small independent retailers and unique shops, the town is famed for its promotion of ethical products, wholefoods and fair trade goods. In the Civil Hall Square you’ll find the weekly market which held on Fridays and Saturdays, an Elizabethan market held each Tuesday morning (May-September), when traders dress in Elizabethan period costumes and the Totnes Sunday Good Food Market held the third Sunday of the month in the Market Square. As well as shopping and exploring the town’s history there are many wonderful things to see and do in and around Totnes. You can enjoy river trips on the Dart, discover one of the towns museums, visit Totnes Castle, take a ride on a steam railway or visit one of the many arts galleries

Dartmouth

Dartmouth The beautiful town of Dartmouth situated on the mouth of the River Dart is one of South Devon’s most popular and enchanting towns. With its charming historic streets, scenic river location and surrounded by South Devon countryside you have to go a long way to find a town as pretty. The beauty of the landscape, the historical buildings, and the exceptional local produce all make Dartmouth the perfect holiday destination. The River Dart is the perfect water sports playground – sailing, kayaking, paddle boarding, boat trips and more are all on offer – you can even learn to surf at one of the nearby beaches, or just spend a lazy day enjoying the views. One of the country’s top beaches Blackpool Sands is just a short drive from Dartmouth and is not to be missed. Dartmouth is full of history in Heritage, no trip to Dartmouth would be complete without visiting Dartmouth Castle, or Agatha Christies Greenway National Trust Holiday Home. For the kids, there are plenty of local attractions such as Woodlands Theme Park, and activities and crabbing is a popular pastime on the embankment to keep them amused. Spend a day exploring the town, with its museum, art galleries, independent shops and places to eat. After you have finished exploring the town make sure you head out in to the surrounding countryside. Take one of the many footpaths surrounding the town and discover the wonderful countryside or costal views. Walk parts of the South West Coast Path and enjoy spectacular views across the coastline. Catch one of the many ferries and head for Torquay, Salcombe or Totnes or just enjoy a trip around the river month. Or catch the steam train from Kingswear for a nostalgic trip through the South Devon Countryside.

Walking

Walking South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Need we say more!  The South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty was designated by government in 1960. It covers 60 glorious miles of coastline, estuaries and countryside between Plymouth and Torbay.

For more info and planning just go to http://www.southdevonaonb.org.uk/

Salcombe to Bolt Head Walk

  

A 3 mile moderate walk along part of the South West Coast Path National Trail passing through an enchanted landscape of rocky spires and jumbled pinnacles to the mouth of the Salcombe estuary, with inspiring views in all directions, this is a coastal walk guaranteed to lift the spirits. If your feeling more adventurous you can continue until you reach Hope Cove and reward yourself with lunch and a drink at the Hope and Anchor. 

Overbecks Museum and Garden

This National Trust property is on the top of a cliff and takes full advantage of the brilliant sea views. The views up the estuary are wonderful from the exotic gardens including a banana garden, palms and woodland. You need to be a confident driver to tackle the twisty climbing route to this place and be prepared to park along the road and walk the last part, up-hill.The car park at the end is small. Lovely bay at the bottom but you will have to pay to park there.

Dartington Hall Estate and Gardens

The Dartington Hall estate is a 1200 acre mix of farmland, woodland, commercial spaces and residential accommodation. It is home to 25 acres of Grade 2* listed gardens, which are open year round from dawn till dusk. With a rich sense of history and a host of delightful features – from a new bridge by artist Peter Randall Page to a sculpture by Henry Moore to 500 year old Spanish Chestnut trees – the gardens at Dartington are worth exploring all year round. The Dartington Hall Estate also houses 41 listed structures. Public access to some buildings may not be available but any that have received funding for restoration are accessible when possible, and many buildings can be visited if participating in an event.

Totnes Rare Breeds Farm

Looking for a fantastic day out? This family-owned attraction is small enough to provide a friendly and personal service, with enough to keep visitors happy all day.What sets Totnes Rare Breeds apart is the opportunity to be within hugging range of all the animals. Most enclosures can be entered for close-up stroking, patting and cuddling. The Garden Café (outside the farm) offers made-to order dishes at reasonable prices, from indulgent snacks to tasty meals.

Pennywell Farm

Pennywell Farm is a multi award winning attraction, the largest farm attraction in the South West. There is a different hands on activity, show or display every half hour and four farm rides included in the admission price. Pennywell is also the home of the world famous Pennywell Miniature Pigs. There is a licensed restaurant, acres of free parking and free dog kennels provided for four legged visitors. Open Feb – Oct and during December for Nativity Plays and visits to Father Christmas.

Paignton Zoo Environmental Park

Paignton Zoo Environmental Park is a conservation and education charity located in South Devon. With around two thousand animals, we have more species than anyone else in the South West. These include: crocodiles, snakes, lions, tigers, giraffes, elephant, rhinos, lemurs, meerkats, orang utans…The list is endless! We also have indoor play areas, the Jungle Express train and a lakeside restaurant. If you wish, we also offer special feeding experiences with certain animals, e.g. meerkats, giraffes, giant tortoises, etc. Paignton Zoo is a member of the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums

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