Discover lovely coves and beaches. Strike out on cliff paths. Take to the glistening blue water. Or just wander the streets of Salcombe, browsing a host of independent shops cafés and restaurants… there is so much to discover and enjoy from our holiday home in Salcombe.
Salcombe must be one of the most beautiful harbour towns in the world. Situated in the South Hams, at Devon’s most southerly tip, Salcombe enjoys its own micro climate and attracts visitors from all over the world at all times of year to enjoy many coast and country activities.
Famous as a centre for sailing, diving and fishing the estuary has many sheltered, sandy beaches and is a base for walkers and others with a love of nature.
It has a large selection of shops and many pubs and restaurants, all within a few minutes walk from Lower Marcam. Children also love crabbing in the harbour, and the best spot for this is just 2 minutes walk away.
Spring and autumn in Salcombe and surrounding area are very special. The spring brings the most wonderful display of wild flowers, particularly down the narrow lanes where the hedgerows are a mass of primroses, violets, bluebells and campions, which continue the display into summer.
Autumn brings beautiful colours, cider and a totally different harbour, for most of the pleasure boats have disappeared, giving the waters of the estuary back to the fishermen. The streets of Salcombe again become quiet and peaceful, a tranquility which continues into the winter months.
Christmas in Salcombe is a magical time. The town in brightly decorated with coloured lights and the illuminated cross on the church is silhouetted against the water. At New Year most of the townspeople and visitors congregate in the central quay area to welcome the New Year.
Nearest beach: Fishermans Cove (by foot passenger only ferry) 0.8 km
Nearest shopping: 0.4 km
Local to Salcombe
There are so many places of interest to visit in the South Hams area, to suit all ages. To help you, we have our own detailed guide, with our recommendations, and OS map all at your disposal within Lower Marcam. Recommendations include:
- A walk down to Start Point, with its dramatic lighthouse, followed by fish and chips at the Start Bay Inn, on the historic Slapton Sands.
- A visit to the charming market of Totnes and a trip on the South Devon railway.
- A morning on South Sands, before taking the water tractor and ferry back to Salcombe, for a drink at the Ferry Inn.
- Hire a boat for the day, and explore the Salcombe estuary. Tides permitting, lunch at the Milbrook Inn is recommended.
- Discover Devon’s largest family theme park near Dartmouth, with its rides and attractions, indoor and outdoor play, farm with meerkats and falconry displays.