Find hotels, holidays cottages and other accommodation around Salcombe on The Salcombe Kingsbridge Estuary within the South Devon AONB. Pictured is Tides Reach, Salcombe by South Sands.
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Salcombe Kingsbridge Estuary
One of Devon's, and South West England's, most beautiful and popular destinations on a bank of The Salcombe Kingsbridge Estuary. With top beaches and sailing, plenty of restaurants and pubs, it's an exceptional place.

Salcombe's within the South Devon AONB. Kingsbridge is to the north. Prawle Point and Start Point are to the east and Bolberry Down and Hope Cove to the west.

Amazing beaches
The area's perfect for a beach holiday. Mill Bay Beach, with National Trust land and a small car park behind, is wonderful. There are good views across the water to Salcombe and Salcombe Castle. We'd also recommend catching the South Sands Sea Tractor/Taxi to South Sands. Spend some time on the beach and then walk up to Overbeck's Garden and Museum.

Great walking
Given its location on the South Devon coast, this is a great area in which to walk the South West Coast Path. To the west, head for Soar Mill Cove and Bolberry Down. To the east, follow the coast past numerous sandy coves towards Start Point. Beyond Start Point, the coast heads north past Hall Sands and Bee Sands towards Slapton Sands, Blackpool Sands and then Dartmouth.

The local area
If you're looking for day trips from Salcombe, we'd recommend heading west to Bantham Beach and Dunes and Bigbury-on-Sea Beach. Climb to the summit of Burgh Island for memorable views. The stretch of coastline from Bantham Beach to Thurlestone Leas Foot Sand (Beach) is, in our opinion, one of the best for views on the entire South West Coast Path.

Dartmouth is great for day trips as is Totnes. Click through to our summary guides for each destination to read more recommendations for things to do and see.

Further afield
The English Riviera is to the north east. Dartmoor National Park is a reasonable drive to the north west. Plymouth is to the west.

If time permits, we'd recommend exploring the Tamar Valley AONB. Straddling the Devon and Cornwall border, we think it's one of the most under visited destinations in South West England.


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East Portlemouth Beaches

Located in East Portlemouth, Devon, South West England, England

Less than a mile away.

Stunning, sandy beaches which run along the East Portlemouth side of The Salcombe Kingsbridge Estuary. A passenger ferry runs between Salcombe and East Portlemouth. We'd recommend spending time at Mill Bay Beach a short...

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Salcombe Festival, Devon

Located in Salcombe, Devon, South West England, England

Less than a mile away.

Boat Racing, Gig Regatta, Music and Street Entertainment over the course of a weekend in Salcombe and on The Salcombe Kingsbridge Estuary. In 2011, Salcombe Festival takes places 10th-12th June, website link provided. Wh...

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Mill Bay Beach

Located in East Portlemouth, Devon, South West England, England

Less than a mile away.

Idyllic sandy beach with views across to Salcombe. There's a reasonable amount of National Trust parking behind the beach in the woods. The road leading to Mill Bay Beach is narrow so be patient. Part of the South Devon...

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Boatman's Cottage
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Less than a mile away.

Rates: 289 - 650 Per Week

In a prime location just 3 minutes' level walk from the town's picturesque harbour restaurants and charming shops this quaint little 19th century fisherman's cottage end one of a row has been carefully restor...

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Tides Reach, Salcombe
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Less than a mile away.

Total Rooms: 35; Rates: 59 - 320 Per Night

Tides Reach Hotel is a pretty seafront hotel with beautiful views and leisure facilities Salcombe is a short walk or ferry ride along the estuary On the doorstep are sandy coves, spectacular coastal walks, safe sea-swimm...

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Hydrangeas
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Approximately 1.6 miles away.

Rates: 270 - 593 Per Week

In the mild climate of the South Hams this single storey link house enjoys a quiet location just 1½ miles from the popular watersports centre of Salcombe and ½ mile from Malborough's 3 pubs shop/garage tenn...

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