A fine selection of holiday cottages, hotels, B&Bs, Inns, Lodges, Travelodges, Premier Inns etc across the South Devon AONB. Pictured is Mill Bay Beach on The Kingsbridge Salcombe Estuary.
South Devon AONB, Visitor & Tourism Guide
Region: South West England
. Nearby counties Cornwall
Nearby National Park: Dartmoor
. To the north is Exmoor
Nearby AONBs: Tamar Valley
, East Devon
Select Towns/Villages: Salcombe
, East Prawle
, Newton Ferrers
, Outer Hope
. Also, visit Plymouth
and the towns of The English Riviera
One of the UK's most popular holiday spots
One of the UK's most popular holiday destinations. Blue-green seas and exotic vegetation, steep cliffs and sandy coves, it's classic family holiday territory. We've been researching the area for about three years now and, when the sun's out, South Devon's sublime.
The AONB runs along the south coast of Devon
from around Brixham
in the east through Dartmouth
, Start Point
to Plymouth Sound and Plymouth
. To the north is The English Riviera
It extends across the entire coastline of the South Hams
and as far north as Totnes
. Dartmoor National Park
is to the north and west.
Towns and villages
The area contains some amazing towns and villages. In our opinion, for sheer beauty, Salcombe
are up there with the best towns in the UK. Newton Ferrers
is gorgeous, Bigbury-on-Sea
We'd recommend visiting Torcross
, too. Plymouth
is on the border to the west and Torquay
to the north. Check out our 'Top 10 Places To Visit' for more ideas.
Coastline and beaches
Famous for its beaches, we'd point you in the direction of Bantham Beach and Dunes
and Bigbury-on-Sea Beach
. A little further east are Thurlestone Sands/South Milton Sands (Beach)
and Thurlestone Leas Foot Sand (Beach)
. The walk along the South West Coast Path
has fine, fine views.
On The Salcombe Kingsbridge Estuary
, we'd recommend exploring East Portlemouth Beaches (Small's and Fisherman's Coves)
and Mill Bay Beach
. Along the eastern coastline, we'd suggest you visit Blackpool Sands
and Slapton Sands
. There a nice coastal pub at Beesands
Note that the beaches on the southern coastline are mostly sand and those on the eastern coastline mostly shingle and pebble. Beaches north of the AONB, around The English Riviera
, are mostly red sand, btw.
There's also exceptional coastal walking along the South West Coast Path
. Try Start Point
(with views back to Start Bay
), Prawle Point
, Bolberry Down around Soar Mill Cove
, the River Erme and Estuary
and the path around Newton Ferrers
South Devon attractions
In addition to coastal attractions, there's plenty to do and see. For heritage, we'd suggest Dartmouth Castle
and Saltram House and Gardens
. On the fringes of the AONB, visit Totnes Castle
and Berry Pomeroy Castle
. For museums, explore Dartmouth Museum
and Plymouth City Museum & Art Gallery
If you have kids, Woodlands Park
is a must. We'd also recommend the Plymouth National Marine Aquarium
and a trip on the Dartmouth Boat Trips
. North, in The English Riviera
, try The Golden Hinde (Devon)
and Paignton Zoo
, Living Coasts
and Kents Cavern
. Much further away, you might want to spend a day at Devon's Crealy Great Adventure Park
Outside Salcombe, visit Overbeck's Garden and Museum
. To the west, drop in on Wembury Marine Centre
The surrounding area
If you fancy a trip to the city, we'd recommend a couple of days in Plymouth
. For something a little more wild, head into Dartmoor National Park
. Whilst the high moors are a wee way away to the north west of the Park, we'd suggest you walk some of Dartmoor's many wooded valleys and cleaves. Try the Dart Gorge
and Lustleigh Cleave
Top 10 Recommendations
Selected from the best Hotels in South Devon AONB we've listed our top 10.
Selected from the best Things To Do in South Devon AONB we've listed our top 10.
Selected from the best Beaches in South Devon AONB we've listed our top 10.
Selected from the best Towns in South Devon AONB we've listed our top 10.
Selected from the best Villages in South Devon AONB we've listed our top 10.
Selected from the best Views in South Devon AONB we've listed our top 10.
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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Approximately 1.0 miles 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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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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