About Salcombe

About Salcombe

Salcombe is a small town situated in South Devon with rolling hills, stunning clifftops and a beautiful estuary.

Surrounding Salcombe are an abundance of wonderful beaches, including North and South Sands, Harbour beach at Hope Cove, Mill Bay, Sunny Cove, Small’s Cove, and Fisherman’s Cove. Watersports centres offer water skiing, wakeboarding, scuba diving, kayaking or stand-up paddle boarding or you can partake in bass and mackeral fishing on one of the local fishing trips.

The clifftops form part of the South West Coast Path which provides a spectacular view back across Salcombe. There is an option along the walk to take a circular trail back to Salcombe or you can carry on along the national trail. There are many opportunities along the trail to take a rest at cafes and hotels for a drink or for food. You can even drop down to one of the stunning beaches along the way if you feel adventurous enough.

Things to do

Visit us anytime of the year and you will enjoy being at Salcombe, especially with our micro climate giving us warm summers and mild winters. As the Victorian historian James Froude once said “winter in Salcombe is winter only in name.”

The coastal scenery is truly magnificent around the estuary and you can easily while away an hour or two soaking up the view and watching the boats bobbing on the clear blue water and the foot ferry taking a trip to the beach opposite at East Portlemouth.

Boat hire is available if you would like to try a spot of sailing or just to take in the view from the water. The Harbour Office is extremely helpful if you are bringing along a boat of your own.

Away from the sand and sea try the nearby Overbecks Museum and Gardens which caters for all ages, where the young and older are amazed to see bananas, oranges and lemons growing in the gardens. If you would like to be slighly more energetic you can hire a bicycle or try out horse riding.

There are many pretty villages you can explore too such as East Prawle, Inner Hope which has retained its old lifeboat station, Malborough and Galmpton.

The estuary is very popular for small dinghy sailing, and sailing competitions,  there are beaches at Bantham,  Bigbury and across the estuary so this appeals.  The climate is a micro climate which Salcombe is popular for.  Here is also the area in front of the town which has deep water so is popular for large yachts to come sailing into and moor up, so a lot of large yacht owners keep their yachts  tied up there over long term.


Situated in the most southerly part of Devon and surrounded by rolling hills and stunning clifftops is the beautiful estuary of Salcombe. Designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, a site of Special Scientific Interest and a Marine Local Nature Reserve, it is an indication of the glorious town that awaits you.

Situated in the South Hams district of Devon and surrounded by rolling hills and stunning clifftops is the beautiful estuary of Salcombe. Popular with yachtsmen, fishermen, birdwatchers and families alike, we recommend a visit to this small town in South Devon.

Although Salcombe is a small town, it has lanes of enticing shops offering clothes, jewellery and gifts with a choice of local independent retailers and designer outlets. Nestling alongside are cafes, traditional pubs and restuarants, many providing local produce. You cannot leave without indulging in locally caught crab and Salcombe dairy ice-cream. Many benches are dotted around the estuary for you to enjoy a takeaway traditional fish and chips if you prefer to eat and people watch.

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