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Our Blog - July 2016

8 things you should really do in Salcombe this summer:

Salcombe, in the South Hams is one of England’s most popular holiday destination for its un-spoilt beauty and small seaside town charm. Don’t be fooled by its size though, there’s a lot of things going on and here are just a few things you should do:

Go Crabbing

It’s a must. Whether or not you have little people with you, grab some crabbing lines from the Fishmonger, bacon scraps from the butcher and set up on the wall leading round to Island Street. Just make sure you put them all back in (gently).

Check out the view

There are hundreds of beautiful walks in and around Salcombe for you to take in the surroundings. Walk from Salcombe to North and South Sands along the beautiful coastal road or head up to Bolberry or Bolt Head for a more dramatic coastline. It’s hilly but it’s worth it.

Take a boat trip

Whether you head over to East Portlemouth from The Ferry Steps or go to South Sands from Whitestrand via the ferry and sea tractor (yes, I said sea tractor) getting out on the Estuary is a must. Fishing trips go every day from Whitestrand and can been booked in advance and paddle boards / kayaks and surf boards are available to hire from South Sands if that’s more your style.


For such a small town, Salcombe has a lot to shout about when it comes to eateries. For breakfast the famous Captain Morgan’s and The Salcombe Coffee Shop will set you up for the day. If sea food is what you are looking for you won’t find better than The Crab Shed and The Winking Prawn (side note – the Prawns BBQ every day during the summer is also pretty special). If you just want to pack up a picnic and head to the beach, there’s a couple of great sandwich shops / delicatessens and of course, the Bakery for their HUGE pasties.


What is better than a cold beer in a lovely pub garden or looking over the Estuary? Nothing. Nothing is better than that. While in Salcombe head to The Ferry for stunning Estuary views, The Victoria for family and dog friendly drinking in the gorgeous back garden (complete with children’s play park) The Kings Arms for views over the Estuary also and The Fortescue for pool, darts, sports and music. Live music is a regular occurrence at The Bar and Grill round in Island Street and the cocktails are delicious.

Eat Ice Cream

There’s not much to say here aside from, go and buy a Salcombe Dairy Ice Cream and you will never look back. Ever.

Get pampered

Okay we may be biased (just a little bit) but when you visit Salcombe you should head up to The Beauty Lounge for a bit of “you time.” Offering Shellac manicures and pedicures, HD brows, waxing, Environ facials, lash enhancements, massage and reflexology the Lounge really does cater for everyone (oh and there’s free parking).


There is no shortage of big name and independent shops in Salcombe. Jack Wills (Salcombe is its home town) Fat Face, Haviana and Crew are amongst some of the big brands while independents such as the gorgeous Amelia’s Attic are scattered along the high street helping you shop until your heart is content.