Visit Salcombe and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
Salcombe, Devon. No car ferry across the estuary: the only approach is from the East and from Kingsbridge the road is boringly high-hedged and, in summer, slow. But when, quite suddenly, the land vanishes to your right, becomes a precipice of houses and, far below you, a yacht-lake sea, all is forgiven. Salcombe is one of the most beautifully situated seaside towns in England: everywhere wooded hillsides above creeks, tiny sandy bays and cliffs. Yet till the late 19th century its main business was building schooners. In 1856 it had only two inns “both of very humble description” (Murray's Handbook) and the shores about it were “almost as unknown as those of Kamschatka”.
The town itself is narrow-streeted with craft shops and local artists' shows and one or two good restaurants. Fort Charles, just South, which saw Royalist heroism in the Civil War, is all but gone. A pedestrian ferry goes to East Portlemouth and is worth taking for the views from there of the estuary, right up to Kingsbridge. South from the town the road follows the coast past good bathing bays. Beyond this begins the beautiful walk to Bolt Head, about 1 mile, which is well worth continuing along the cliffs to Bolt Tail and Hope Cove, about 6 miles in all. It is a completely unexploited area, splendid for birds and wild flowers, the black cliffs — over 400 ft high at Bolt Head — the most spectacular on the South Devon coast.
Thurlestone, about 6 miles North West is a good beach and thatched cottages. It takes its name from a wave-cut arch at the south end of its bay.
Banthain, about 3/4mile North of it, has a good, but none too safe, surfing beach.
Nearby cities: Plymouth
Nearby towns: Dartmouth, Kingsbridge, Ivybridge, Totnes
Nearby villages: Aveton Gifford, Bigbury-on-Sea, Blackawton, Brownston, Chillington, Churchstow, East Allington, East Portlemouth, Ermington, Halwell, Holbeton, Kingswear, Loddiswell, Ludbrook, Malborough, Modbury, Moreleigh, Sandquay, Slapton, South Milton, South Pool, Stoke Fleming, Stokenham, Thurlestone, Ugborough, West Alvington, West Prawle, Woodleigh, Yealmpton
Have you decided to visit Salcombe or the surrounding villages? Please look above for somewhere to stay in:
- a Salcombe bed and breakfast (a Salcombe B&B or Salcombe b and b)
- a Salcombe guesthouse
- a Salcombe hotel (or motel)
- a Salcombe self-catering establishment, or
- other Salcombe accommodation