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An upmarket estuary town with a relaxed pace of life

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Salcombe lies near the mouth of the Kingsbridge Estuary, in the beautiful Hams district of South Devon. Its elegant waterfront and natural harbour helped the town to become a successful ship building port, and today, its connection with the water is as strong as ever. Salcombe is the sailing capital of Devon and is particularly popular with yacht owners. Every year the yacht club hosts the Salcombe Sailing Regatta, attracting hundreds of vessels, including traditionally made Salcombe Yawls. In the town centre, you’ll find a selection of interesting shops and some great restaurants, many of which serve fresh, locally caught seafood. Salcombe lies within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and as you explore the rugged coast, dotted with sandy beaches and secluded coves, it’s easy to see why. The coastline of South Devon is wonderful place to surf, walk, swim or sunbathe and enjoy the sea air and sound of waves crashing on the shore.

Some of the Salcombe area’s most stunning beaches are best reached using the town’s excellent ferry service. East Portlemouth Beach is a lovely spot to sunbathe or take a dip in the sea. It consists of Fisherman’s Cove, Small’s Cove and Mill Bay. At low tide, a mass of rock pools emerge which are a joy to explore.

If you fancy getting out on the water and exploring the coast further, check out Sea Kayak Salcombe, which runs kayak tours, overnight kayak adventures, group activities and stand-up paddle-board rental.

Salcombe beach

Another delightful way to see the Kingsbridge Estuary is from the deck of an old-fashioned ferry. The Rivermaid runs various ferry services and cruises which pass waterfront homes, ancient limekilns and Saltstone Island.

“Salcombe is an attractive town where you can sail, take a cruise along the estuary or catch a ferry to a secluded cove.”

Regardless of your taste or budget, you’re bound to find somewhere great to eat in Salcombe, which is home to a selection of fine dining restaurants, cafes, takeaways and pubs. Many of the town’s best eateries are located on King’s Street. At The Jetty, you can enjoy some of the town’s best views and mouth-watering dishes by award-wining chef, Alex Aitken. The Winking Prawn is another Salcombe favourite, serving all-day breakfasts, fresh seafood and barbecues during the summer months. For pizza, pasta and burgers, try Captain Flints, a unique, pirate-themed restaurant which is a favourite among local families. There are some lovely, old pubs in Salcombe. Don’t miss The Ferry Inn, located right at the waters’ edge, with magnificent views across the estuary.

While you’re there

Soar Mill Cove Beach

This pretty cove is only accessed by the South West Coast Path on foot or by boat.


Come here for great fresh food, a place to unwind, and beautiful waterside views.

Mill Bay Beach

This lovely estuary beach is sheltered and popular with families who fancy a swim!

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