Things to Do in Salcombe

Being situated at the mouth of the Salcombe Estuary makes it popular for anyone who loves being on the water, from paddleboarding to kayaking or just plain sailing. Salcombe Paddleboarding Company offers board hire but if you fancy a bit more adventure, book an estuary tour to explore the many river creek and view the local wildlife up close. If you fancy trying your hands at sailing, then there are a choice of schools in Salcombe where you can learn the ropes.

Take the passenger ferry across the river and you will find East Portlemouth, with it’s pretty coves and fine sands. Relax and soak up the sun by taking a short walk through the woods from Mill Bay to Sunny Cove beach and enjoy the fabulous views across the estuary.

If you need to stretch your legs pick up the South West Coast Path here and walk around the picturesque headline to Gara Rock, where you can find another out of the way beach at the bottom of the path. Enjoy some of the best views from the Gara Rock Café over lunch or a cup of tea. A path across the fields and a wooded valley take you back to East Portlemouth and the return ferry.

Perched high on the cliffs overlooking Salcombe is Overbecks, owned by inventor Otto Overbecks and now run by the National Trust. It takes about half an hour to walk here from the centre of town and once there you can enjoy strolling around the sub-tropical gardens, which include a variety of banana trees. 

Further west you can find more glorious walks and beaches including the small seaside village of Hope Cove. It has a choice of two beaches, both of which are manned by lifeguards during the summer making it perfect for visiting families.