Salcombe is a town in the South Hams district of Devon, South West England close to the mouth of the Kingsbridge Estuary. The town lies near the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and due to this is it is becoming a popular holiday destination.
There are a number of interesting things to do in Salcombe, including a marine museum that has information on the fruit schooners and many other items of interest. By South Sands is the National Trust owned Overbeck House, a house and gardens popular amongst many visitors.
Salcombe is an excellent destination for walking and is on the South West Coast Path.
A golf course is located nearby at Thurlestone and further into the estuary are a series of popular sandy beaches: Sunny Cove, the large Mill Bay, Cable Cove, Small’s Cove and Fisherman’s Cove, all featuring excellent walks, sunbathing spots and water sport opportunities.
Over Becks Gardens and Museum
For a stunning view of Salcombe’s coastline and estuary this Edwardian House is set on 7 acres of exotic Gardens. Once owned by Otto Overbeck it houses many historical collections, inventions and art works. Tea rooms here offer light lunches and afternoon teas as well as picnic hampers to be enjoyed in the gardens. ( 01548 842 893)
Also know as Fort Charles, these ruins are off the North Sands Beach. Located on a rocky outcrop and can be reached at low tide. Originally constructed during Henry VIII reign.
Salcombe is famous for it sailing facilities and sailing schools, one of the popular schools here is the Island Cruising Club (ICC). This club offers training course for all levels and is based on the retired Mersey Ferry, Egremont. Here you can stay onboard the ferry as it has all accommodation facilities as well as meals and a bar. Yacht and dinghy sail training courses are offered at ICC. (01548 844 300)
Salcombe Maritime Museum
This interesting museum is full of natural history and tells the stories of shipwrecks, smugglers and boat building days of 19th century Salcombe. There are many ship and boat models to admire as well as photos and shipwreck artefacts. The Old Council Hall, Market Street.
Salcombe’s main street, Fore Street, is the dining centre of this coastal village. Pubs, cafes, fish and chipperies and upmarket restaurants line the sea front. The eateries on the estuary side have lovely views and most have outdoor dining options in Summer. Fresh local is a highlight on many menus. Bookings in summer are essential at most restaurants in Salcombe.