The South Hams – South Devon
We are lucky enough to live in one of the most beautiful and unspoilt parts of Britain. The South Hams lies in the southernmost part of Devon and has access to both a stunning coastline and rolling countryside, much of which is in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Loved for its rugged cliffs, sandy coves, peaceful countryside, pretty villages and gentle estuaries, many repeat visitors tell us that there is always so much to discover on every visit.
There are miles of the South West Coast Path to explore with dramatic headlands, steep coastal valleys and more gentle stretches too. You can take in the pretty harbours of Dartmouth and Salcombe, stride out along the exhilarating Atlantic coast at East Prawle, or relax beside a pretty river estuary at Bantham or Bigbury.
Amongst the small coastal villages our nearest one, Slapton, is typical of the South Hams. Filled with old cottages, sunken lanes, ancient walls, and yes roses round the doors, it’s just ½ mile from the sea and on the doorstep of one of England’s most important scientific freshwater lagoons, Slapton Ley National Nature Reserve.
Surrounded by an abundant coastline, farms and vineyards, this area boasts many artisan food producers and award-winning chefs offering mouthwatering local food. In the bustling and historic towns of Kingsbridge, Totnes, Salcombe and Dartmouth there are farmer’s markets, quaint tea rooms and top class restaurants. Or further afield you will find small shacks offering the freshest locally caught seafood and village pubs serving food and drink from the area.
If you are looking for activity then there are many waterports on offer here. Kayaking and paddle-boarding are ideal for exploring the gentle waterways of the estuaries. Sailing is a popular past-time with boat hire and tuition available in both Salcombe and Dartmouth harbours. Less challenging activities might include rock-pooling or crabbing, or a relaxing ferry ride between Kingsbridge and Salcombe or Dartmouth and Totnes.
A visit to the South Hams will be your jumping off point for both exploring and relaxing in one of the most beautiful parts of Britain.
You may wish to stay at Dittiscombe Holiday Cottages when visting this delightful part of Devon