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South Devon's Premier Family & Surfing Beach ...

Nestling deep in the South Hams at the mouth of the little known river Avon, Bantham beach is one of Devon’s premier beaches. Within easy driving distance of Salcombe and Kingsbridge, Bantham beach is situated in a designated AONB, it offers beautiful scenery with panoramic views over Bigbury Bay and the famous Burgh Island.

Bigbury Bay itself is a shallow sandy bay, which makes Bantham an ideal beach for swimming and paddling for all the family. Owing to the natural topography of the bay, Bantham also has a reputation as one of the best surf beaches in Devon.

At low tide the beach opens up to reveal acres of shallow sandy pools warming up quickly in the sun to create ideal play areas for toddlers. Venture over to the South end of the beach and the low tide will expose a fantastic array of rockpools below the headland.

The estuary and surrounding area are a natural haven for wildlife and enjoyed by walkers using the coastal footpaths. Bantham remains unspoilt and the beach is managed with the aim of keeping it as natural as possible.

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If you love the hustle and bustle of a traditional English market town, you’ll love Kingsbridge. Situated in the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Kingsbridge sits on its own estuary and is surrounded by lush, green rolling countryside, making it perennially popular for walking and sailing. The town attracts a lot of tourism yet manages to keep a tranquil charm and friendly atmosphere.


The town takes its name from an ancient bridge built to link two royal estates – Alvington and Chillington, and by 1219 was a market town. By the 18th Century milling was a major source of revenue for the town, and throughout the 19th Century Kingsbridge had an active coastal shipping trade, with thriving shipbuilding and tanning industries.

Things to do

From surfing to vineyards, there is lots to see and do in the Kingsbridge area. The estuary provides plenty of opportunities if you’re a water sports enthusiast, while the town has a thriving arts and crafts community for the more laid back visitor. Coast or countryside, Kingsbridge has a choice of scenic walking and hiking routes suitable for every level of ability. 

Something a little different

The Kingsbridge Farmers market offers you the chance to sample an amazing range of fresh vegetables, local meats and fresh fish on the first and third Saturdays of every month. 


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 delivers 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 look out and see the beautiful East Portlemouth beach seemingly unreachable across the river but luckily a number of ferries are available to take you over the water to this long sandy beach.

Plenty to do on and off the water

This vibrant town boasts a great range of shops, where you can pick up the sailing look even if you have no intention of setting foot on the water.  If you do want to get your feet wet there are various places to have a go at a range of water sports – from paddle boarding up the river to getting to grips with the wind and sails by taking a Hobie Cat out. 

After all that exercise you’ll need to refuel; step no further than Fore Street for a range of great restaurants and food outlets, where you can enjoy the best in local produce.  Salcombe boasts a thriving harbour and freshly caught fish and crab features heavily on menus across the town.

If you’re here during the annual regatta you’ll be treated to fun and games from crabbing and sandcastle competitions to tug-of-war and rowing as well as a glittering firework display.


With 368 square miles of unspoilt beauty, Dartmoor is the place to experience freedom - unadulterated, dramatic, and inspiring freedom. It’s the kind of place you can just venture into, camping out under the stars, or dipping into here and there to uncover hidden gems of pubs, culture and natural wonders. Dartmoor is the largest and wildest area of open country in Southern England, and it really feels like it.


Dartmoor is a gift for lovers of ancient history. There’s plenty of evidence of prehistoric settlement around Dartmoor, with the Bronze Age period seeing a larger population moving into the area. From around 1000 BC much of the moor was abandoned due to cooler weather. In the Medieval period settlers returned to Dartmoor, continuing the practice of building houses from the area’s abundant resource – granite.

Things to do

With the largest concentration of Bronze Age remains in the UK, there is plenty for the modern antiquarian to discover on Dartmoor. But if you want something a little more exciting than Bronze Age barrows and spectacular scenery, there are plenty of outdoor activities to get your pulse racing. There are over 450 miles of public rights of way, so walkers and cyclists have lots to discover, but you can also choose to go climbing or canoeing. With rivers, dramatic Tors and rolling countryside, Dartmoor is one big adventure playground with something for everyone. And of course, nothing is more popular on Dartmoor than its wild ponies, so make sure you take the time to look out for these beautiful animals.

Cycling on Dartmoor
Cycling is a great way to explore Dartmoor and easily see large parts of the wonderful landscape. Travelling by bike allows you to easily stop and take in the amazing views and Tors which can be found across Dartmoor.

For details on cycling routes in South Devon can be found on the cycle Devon website.

Food and drink

After a day canoeing, climbing or walking nothing can beat a hearty home cooked meal made from delicious and fresh local produce found in one of the many wonderful pubs dotted across Dartmoor.