Salcombe is one of the prettiest and most popular coastal towns in Devon, sitting on the banks of the Kingsbridge Estuary. It has outstanding coastal views, accessible beaches and rolling countryside as well as being a haven for water sports enthusiasts. There are many boutique shops, and independent retailers, art galleries and gift shops. Restaurants and bars serve locally caught fresh seafood and locally farmed produce. Dick and Wills Brasserie offer a tempting menu and outstanding views. Try some Salcombe Dairy Ice-cream or attend Gin School at the award winning Salcombe Gin. Visit the National Trust’s Overbeck’s Museum and Garden or hire a boat from Whitestrand Boat Hire.
Dartmouth is a beautiful bustling town with medieval overhanging houses, set on the banks of the picturesque River Dart, with stunning estuary views and plenty of open spaces in the centre of town. Dartmouth Castle, with 600 years of history guards the narrow entrance to the Dart Estuary and there is the famous Butterwalk, a terrace of rich merchant’s houses built between 1635-1640, which is an outstanding example of a Tudor building and now houses the Dartmouth Museum.
Dartmouth is home to many independent stores, art galleries and a huge variety of cafes, restaurants and pubs. Try brunch at Café Alfresco and enjoy a drink overlooking the River Dart at the Dartmouth Arms, just a walk from Bayards Cove.
Annual festivals include the Dart Music Festival in Spring, Dartmouth Shakespeare week and the Royal Regatta in August and the Dartmouth Food Festival held in the Autumn. Visit Woodlands Family Theme Park or the Britannia Naval College.
DARTMOOR NATIONAL PARK
Designated a national park in 1951, Dartmoor is a vast area of huge richness stretching 368 square miles. The landscape is populated by granite tors, mysterious hut circles, standing stones, ancient woodlands, Dartmoor ponies, rushing streams and secluded villages. Young children will love Pennywell Farm and all the family will appreciate Becky Falls Ancient Woodland Park. Dartmoor offers walking and cycling routes, horse riding, canoeing and climbing.
Totnes is a pretty historic market town with a fascinating history on the banks of the River Dart, well known for being alternative, artistic and eco friendly. Visit Totnes Castle or the award winning Sharpham Vineyard or on a rainy day a visit to China Blue Pottery Painting is a must.
Kingsbridge is a traditional market town set on the estuary, with independent retailers, antique shops and art galleries galore. There are cafes, pubs and restaurants serving the best local produce, including craft ales and locally produced gin and wine. Maybe enjoy lunch at The Crabshell Inn with views over the estuary or a stylish dinner at Twenty Seven. Many local events take place including the Kingsbridge Food and Music Festival in June, Kingsbridge Fair Week in July, Kingsbridge Show in September and Kingsbridge Celebrates Christmas in December.