Salcombe, Devon

Salcombe is a wonderful place; this estuary town on the south coast of Devon has a backdrop of lush green pastures which add to the charm. Its sheltered position and mild climate give it an almost tropical feel at times and contributes to the more exotic plants and flowers that grow there.  It’s one of those coastal towns where a sense of calm prevails and everyone happily goes about their day – you’ll see people sailing (Salcombe is big on yachting), browsing the streets, settling at outdoor tables to dine in the sunshine, and families enjoying a day on the sandy beaches or crabbing off the quay.

Like all towns that are this attractive, Salcombe is packed in the summer when visitors easily outnumber the locals, and sadly, there has been a huge increase second homes in recent years. But that seems to be how it is these days so don’t let it put you off; go and browse the shops and galleries, visit Salcombe Maritime Museum, have a trip on the sea tractor, or hire boats and dinghies to take to the water under your own speed. Perched up on the clifftops close by Overbecks Museum and Gardens (NT), well worth a visit to see the sub-tropical gardens. Stop for a bite to eat at Crab Shed Salcombe or at Dick and Wills Waterside Grill; the waters gently lapping, the sun shining and those glorious views of coast and country.

All information correct at the time of writing

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