Walks & Places to Visit
Here are just some of our suggestions of great places to visit in Devon the beautiful South Hams. Whatever the weather theres indoor and outdoor attractions to make your stay enjoyable.
Salcombe Tourist Information Centre
They are what Tourist Information Centres should be…a hive of information and top tips to get the best from your visit or holiday! Whether you are a regular visitor to the South Hams or you are discovering and enjoying a South Devon holiday for the very first time. There will help you discover the best Salcombe & South Hams.
Kingsbridge Tourist Information Centre
Start your experience in Kingsbridge, venture out on to the estuary and then travel further afield to explore the unique villages and stunning coastline that make up southernmost Devon. To help you get the most out of your visit their website which includes maps, walks and timetables, so you’ll have no trouble getting around by train, bus or on foot. You’ll also find plenty of inspiration for places to visit, stay and eat.
We have hard copies at Brightham House or you can download a copy of their printed guide, and should you need more information please call the Kingsbridge Information Centre on 01548 853195 or pop in to see them on Kingsbridge Quay.
Walk to Hope Cove – our local nearest beach
It will take you around 45 minutes and is mostly across the fields taking in the breathtaking views of our coastline and out to sea. Start by going out our car park and turn right and walk past the church. Go right at the fork and follow the lane down towards Hope Cove. Watch out for tractors! After 10 minutes or so you will see a footpath sign on the left. You will see the footpath sign up and over a bank. This is easy to miss as the hedges get overgrown. Take this and cross the field and the next. You will see 2 wind turbines in a field. Walk across this field to the side and you will open up to the amazing views and be on the bridge at the top of the valley of the beautiful Devon countryside. You will then see a tractor track going downhill all the way to the coast keep going straight and you will eventually come into the middle of hope cove. Turn right after the church and that will take you to the most popular beach as you can sunbathe and swim even when the tide is in. Also check out the Cove Café Bar while you are down there. As this walk is across fields it gets muddy in winter and when we have had loads of rain.
Snapes Point Circular Walk
This walk in our opinion gives you the best viewpoint in the whole of the South Hams. The 360 degree views out to Salcombe and the sea and back towards East Prawle and the Estuary are breath-taking.
Its about a 2.5 mile circular walk I little up and down but half way round is the viewpoint and you can sit and soak up the views and have a rest.
Drive to Snapes Point National Trust car park – to get there take the 2nd left turn after Ashby’s on the Salcombe road and go down the narrow lane and across the crossroads. Keep going and bear right at the fork and you will get to a little carpark. Or put Snapes Point National Trust car park in google maps and it will take you straight there from here. It’s a donation car park but not monitored in any way.
Take the top gate sign posted – Snapes Point and walk to the end of the field and across and down the next one. You will eventually get to the water line. If you look back you will see Kingsbridge. Just follow the track for 20 minutes or so following the yellow arrows. You will go up and over the last field and this is the Snapes Point view point. If your lucky you might have it all to yourself. Top tip – take a little picnic or your favourite drinks and chill and take it all in. When your ready you will see a little track and gate to your left when looking inland. Just follow this track either in the field for a bit or on the track and this will take you back up to the carpark.
A must while you visit us – Stunning on a sunny afternoon.
The Gara Rock Circular Walk
This walk takes in all the great things about Devon. Beaches, amazing views on the coast path, a rewarding G&T halfway round at the gorgeous Gara Rock Hotel and then a downhill walk through ancient woodland back to the foot ferry to take you back across the water to Salcombe town centre. If you don’t stop it takes around 2 hours but most stop for a refresh and chill at the hotel. Be sure to ask where the foot ferry goes from as its slightly different in Salcombe depending on the time of year. Top tip also is when you get across the other side of the estuary off the foot ferry walk along the beaches first if the tide is out enough (if not you can walk the road) when you get to the toilet block pick up the coast path and keep heading to the right. Don’t be tempted to go left as this will take you inland straight to the hotel and you will miss the amazing views. Once you get to the hotel after 90 minutes on the coast path you can stop there its open to non-residents. To get back just walk up the lane 100 metres and bear left through the woodland track and this will take you back to the toilet block where you started to get the ferry back (check the last ferry times on your trip over).