I know it’s now October, and I’m posting this a little later than I had intended, but I’ve been mega busy. I do want to share the delights of Salcombe in the South Hams with you though, so these are some of the photos I took during a quick afternoon’s visit back at the end of August. The weather was fantastic and as a result, it was super busy, but that’s what gives coastal resorts their character in my opinion – families enjoying themselves by the sea.
Devon’s sailing capital
A haven for yachties and those who prefer to keep their deck shoes firmly on dry land, Salcombe is popular with all ages and offers beautiful golden sand beaches, sparkling blue seas, wonderful walks in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and great food.
Take a walk along the South West Coast Path and discover hidden coves revealed at low tide or enjoy some bucket and spade action on popular North Sands beach where there are rock pools to explore.
Golden sands and boat trips abound
From the town you’ll you can see across to the beautiful East Portlemouth beach seemingly unreachable across the water, but luckily a number of ferries are available to take you over to this long sandy beach. It was certainly bustling with activity when we were there.
Plenty of Activity on the Water
Popular with day visitors and holiday makers seeking a quintessential British seaside town experience in South Devon, the annual Salcombe Sailing Regattas and opportunity to enjoy the calm, turquoise estuary waters framed by rolling Devon hills draws many to this South Hams seaside town.
Just look how blue the sea was when we were there. This is one of my favourite vistas; looking up from town right the way down the estuary with the gentle hillside landscape framing the view.
Sailing Boats Galore
A gentle breeze made the weather perfect for sailing during our afternoon’s visit, although our feet were firmly on dry land, and actually, many of the sailing boats had dropped anchor for a while, with their occupants content just to relax and enjoy the fabulous weather.
There were some beautiful looking vessels about though and I was particularly taken with this traditional sailing boat above, I love it’s timeless elegance.
An Awesome Walk into Town
There’s so much to do both on and off the water. We tend to park up adjacent to the beach at North Sands, and once we’ve sampled the delights of the beach here, we head off into town, following the line of the estuary as we go. The views as we walk along the road are amazing; a fantastic mix of coast and country literally all the way into town as you can see below.
I love how people have painted gates etc in keeping with the seaside location. This large blue gate is so vibrant and fits into it’s surroundings perfectly.
Whilst just across the road, the owner here always has gorgeous fresh flowers for sale.
After all that exercise on the beach & the walk into town it’s time to refuel. Our favourite pit stop is the Salcombe Deli, which is a real foodie treat, stocking a wide range of goodies to take away. Once we’ve picked up a couple of their freshly made baguettes, usually filled to the brim with as much local produce as possible, and a couple of refreshing drinks, we take them down to the harbourside to enjoy them whilst watching the world go by.
If you’re looking for something more substantial, Fore Street has a great range of pubs and restaurants, again with many of them serving local produce.
Not surprisingly coastal art and nautical themed home accessories feature heavily in the local shops.
And I’m always fascinated by the constantly changing selections on offer. It’s a great place to window shop.
Before long though, it was time to head back, but Salcombe’s such a year round destination, that hopefully it won’t be too long before our next visit, even in the middle of winter, the climate is comparatively mild and the scenery is still as naturally beautiful as ever.