A beautiful Devon coastal cove, that’s a pretty good place to start this stunning walk to Hope Cove. Walking from Brightham House across country foot paths takes about 30-40mins. You’ll get in all the countryside views as you walk along the ridge. The views of the sea will take your breath away, it’s definitely an area of outstanding natural beauty, that’s for sure.
The beach is popular for the sunbathers and four legged furry friends, with it’s two sandy beaches. Devon’s popular with dog owners, as pretty much everywhere you eat is dog friendly. Hope Cove allows dogs on the Inner hope beach, but they must be on leads. Other beaches like South Milton allow dogs too.
Sail in by a boat from Salcombe, Sean the harbour master will take care of you. It’s again very popular for paddle boarders, coasting, rib rides and all those sea sport adventures. Visitors flock here to Devon to get their fix.
What’s the story of the area?
Hope Cove is a small community of approx. 320 properties, one village shop, a pub and a few restaurants. What makes this cove special is that it’s pretty unspoilt area of outstanding beauty. The two beach coves are Inner Hope and Outer Hope.
If it’s a Devon pasty you’re craving for you’ll find it at the post office shop. Local art? Handmade jewellery and beach life craft, you’ll find at the small shop ‘Hope Cove Gallery‘ tucked under the hill.
Walk up the steps in Outer Hope, just where the Union Jack flag is flying in the breeze and admire those sea views. You’ll be able to pick out Burgh Island, a wonderful place to visit. Once you’re up on The South West Coast Path you can walk to the next beach South Milton (Thurlestone Sands) which takes about 20mins or so. You’ll fall in love with this place!
Where can I Rest, Relax and Sleep?
At Brightham House we have created a place like no other B&B. It’s all about our guests, and ensuring they get the best experience of Devon.
You might like to stay in our ‘Dome’ room, it’s a super king. The deco is based around the Brighton Dome, which will definitely entertain your eyes. When you walk in you’ll find an oriental touch of Asia. Plus all the luxuries, including fragrant Rituals toiletries and bath robes.
Breakfast time starts from 8.30am with a great menu. If you like porridge you’re in for a treat, as our Porridge Brûlée is something else. Delicious, topped with Devon cream. There’s all sorts of fresh fruit, pastries and continental treats to help yourself to too.
What’s the best eating places?
We love the vibe of ‘The Cove’ cafe bar. The foods home cooked, fresh and tasty. It gets busy here so be patient and grab a pint or glass of vino first. The have live music some nights. And there’s streamed live sport on most days too. You don’t book, just turn up and wait for a table.
The Devon cream teas are a treat at ‘The Cottage Hotel’. Either sit inside an admire the view, or on their large deck outside.
The Hope & Anchor pub is good too. Plenty of tables, in and outside. Good service. It’s nice to go down in the evening to watch the beautiful sunset on their large deck.
What travellers come here?
People come from far and wide to visit South Devon. We’ve had people stay from Scotland, and they’ve loved it. Lots of people come from around the midlands, as it’s quite an easy drive on the M4/M5. If you like beaches, and walking this is your sort of place. Salcombe ice creams are scrum-delicious too!