Discover Salcombe, designed by Nature

Salcombe experiences some of the mildest weather in the UK, most of the gardens around Salcombe contain exotic plants and fruit bearing orange and lemon trees.

There are plenty of cafes, restaurants and galleries in Salcombe and many of them serve locally caught fish and shellfish. Salcombe Harbour Hotel Restaurant has created a menu that will evolve with the seasons and celebrate produce from the seas and pastures of Devon.

The beaches in Salcombe are sandy with rock pools for children and an abundance of water sports for the adventurous types. The clear water also attracts divers who explore the shipwrecks in the area, on many occasions dolphins and seals have been see swimming and diving in the cove.

Salcombe is a centre for boats and water sports. There is a superb range of water and land based activities. You can learn to sail, hire a boat to explore the many creeks and beaches around the Salcombe Estuary, go scuba diving, canoeing, kayaking, power boating, a rib ride, surfing, fishing and horse riding, to name but a few!

For a more relaxing holiday, take a scenic boat trip, walk the coastal paths or enjoy lazing on one of the many beautiful beaches Salcombe has to offer. If the weather should disappoint, you will find plenty of interesting tours and fun things to do under-cover, to keep the whole family entertained.

Travelling the Salcombe Estuary by ferry is recommended. The Rivermaid Ferry sails to Kingsbridge and the East Portlemouth Ferry crosses the estuary to the pictuesque sandy beaches of Smalls Cove, Mill Bay and Sunny Cove. There is also a ferry that goes to South Sands, relax and enjoy a coastal trip back to the front door of Oversteps.

Salcombe became famous for the schooners which bought fruit from the West Indies. Details of this historic trade and other interesting history can be found in The Museum of Maritime and Local History on the Custom House Quay.

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Eating and Drinking

There are a wide range of dining options in Salcombe and the surrounding area. These include excellent restaurants, cosy pubs, and coffee shops; some with al fresco facilities and some catering especially for young families. All provide the best in local fish, meat and vegetables. 

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Salcombe boasts some big names and some beautiful independent boutiques. It all began here in Salcombe for Jack Wills and Crew who still have their original flagship stores here. Also on Fore Street you will find The Old Bag Company, Salcombe Traders, Amelias Attick, Fat Face, White Stuff, Henri Lloyd, Joules, Sea Salt, Musto, The Uppercrust Bakery and many more.

There's also a toy shop, sweet shop, ice cream shops and cafes.

Wonder down to Island Street to find lots more shops. Home to the famous Salcombe Dairy Ice Cream, Island Street Bar & Grill and many other independant traders.

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Walking and Hiking

Explore the beauty of the surrounding coastal paths and breath taking views out to sea beginning right here at Oversteps House.

South Sands is part of the South West Coast Path National Trail which is 630 miles long and one of the largest in the UK. The heritage, wildlife, geology and scenery along the way are truly inspirational and every day walking it brings stunning new experiences. Even if you decide simply to walk into town you will experience stunning views from the little coastal road into the centre of salcombe. Have a look at the links below to plan your walk, there are plenty to choose from relaxing, sedate walks to more challenging and adventurous.

Pleas find below a selection of walks close to Oversteps House that range from 2 to 7 miles:

Soar from Salcombe
Mill Bay Walk
Bolberry Down to Soar Mill Cove 

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Local Attractions in Salcombe, South Devon

We have added a few useful links to some of the attractions and places to visit whilst in the area.

Sea Kayak and SUP Salcombe

Located Sea Kayak and SUP Salcombe - Formally South Sands Sailing - is located almost at the bottom of the garden! in an area of outstanding natural beauty, boasting a breath taking environment to explore with the family. Salcombe is a magical place to learn and improve on your Sea kayaking and Paddle surfing and when you have had your fix, why not just come and reflect on your day in the atmosphere of our famous Bo's beach cafe. Operating from an Old Lifeboat House at South Sands beach in Salcombe we also offer showers, changing rooms, toilets, parking, a ferry service to the town centre and delicious food and drink to compliment all the activities on offer.


The Winking Prawn

I would love for you to come and visit me, for a little bit of munch – we’ll do breakfast, brunch or lunch! BBQ’s in the summer. Cold drinks, coffee and tea. Evening meals from 6, wine, beer or ice cream. Put on some silly hats sit out in the marquee, bean bags for the kids back tomorrow for a cream tea.

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Woodlands Leisure Park

It's summer fun time at Woodlands Family Theme Park. The massive indoor centres with their awesome adventure challenges and brilliant rides are buzzing with action. Five floors of mega indoor play in the Empire - rides, slides & the Trauma Tower 50ft of fear! The Seascape Mirror Maze is much bigger, better and full of surprises. The Master Blaster involves all ages with the zippiest game in the Universe, volcanoes, blasters and cannons keep families in a firing frenzy of fun. The Ice Palace is the perfect fantasy play centre for under sevens, they also love the Big Top Playcentre where they can tumble, jump in ball pools, run up steps and whizz down slides. Paint a unique pottery present in the China Palette.

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The National Marine Aquarium, Plymouth

The National Marine Aquarium was the first aquarium in the United Kingdom to be set up solely for the purpose of education, conservation and research. It remains one of Britain's foremost aquarium with stunning exhibits and a reputation for excellence in education. The Aquarium experience comprises a total of 50 live exhibits including three massive tanks, the largest of which – Britain’s deepest tank – holds 2.5 million litres of water. Over 4000 animals from 400 species are displayed in realistic habitats from local shorelines to coral reefs.

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Living Coasts, Torquay

Living Coasts is an innovative coastal zoo and discovery centre where you can take a journey around the coasts of the world and see amazing animals and plants in specially-designed naturalistic habitats. It is an educational and scientific charity dedicated to conserving our global wildlife heritage and inspiring its visitors to have a life long respect for animals and the environment.

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Bantham Surf Academy

Based on the beautiful Bantham Beach in South Devon, the Bantham Surfing Academy provides surfing lessons to complete novices through to advanced surf coaching.

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Kents Cavern

Spend the morning exploring these amazing caves with their entertaining guides who will lead you back to the Stone Age as they reveal the beauty of this underground natural marvel. Join them for lunch afterwards before heading off down to the beach or along the South West Coast Path. How about a boat trip from Torquay harbour in the afternoon when you can get up close to the stunning coastal landscape and you might even see a seal or a dolphin. They're always much quieter at the end of the day so if you've spent the morning at one of the other fantastic attractions in the English Riviera come over there in the afternoon. Last cave visit is 3:30pm all year. There's loads going on all year - have a look at the special events section for what's happening when you're around. The restaurant and shop are open every day and you can drop in there any time without visiting the caves.

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Salcombe Dinghy Sailing

Sailing Boat Hire, Adult & Childrens Sailing Tuition, Sailing from Whitestrand pontoon in the middle of Salcombe, Pick-ups available from East Portlemouth beaches, RYA Qualified Instructors. AALA Licensed.

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SRS Training, Riding School

Established for 11 years, licensed, BHS and ABRS approved. We are a Pony Club Centre and work with 11 schools in the area. If you are on holiday and want to ride in a mixed age group a Starter Hack is the best option. A 15 minute lesson with an instructor before you are escorted on a ride in the countryside. Children enjoy a Pony Day to include 2 hours of riding and fun time with the horses and farm pets. Half days available. Smaller children we offer a lesson and mini hack combination on the lead rein.

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South Hams Online /

The South Hams Online Directory is a very useful website to find places to visit in South Devon including:-





Annual Events

The A to Z directory is also packed full of other local businesses in the area.

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