Great Walks

Snapes Point

This great walk starts by the car park in Batson Creek. Heading along the Creek you come to the pretty hamlet Lower Batson and then to the National Trust owned land of Snapes Point, from where you get spectacular views of the Salcombe Estuary and the town. It is one of the first walks we do when we have friends staying as it gives a good idea of the topography of the area.

Torcross

This is a relatively flat walk, which encompasses the nature reserve at Slapton Ley (the largest natural lake in the West Country) and also some WW2 history. There is an American Sherman tank in one of the car parks, which acts as a memorial to the American Servicemen who died in 1944 as they trained for the D Day landings.

Hope Cove

This is possibly our favourite walk in the area, which is circular and takes in some of the South West Coast Path. There are magnificent views towards Burgh Island and a chance to stop for a drink at the 14th Century Sloop Inn in Bantham or, towards the end of the walk, for a meal at the Beachhouse at South Milton Sands.

Things to do

Visit Overbecks

Overbecks is a wonderfully quirky National Trust Museum with a tea-room, beautiful garden and magnificent views towards Gara Rock. It has great natural history exhibits. The road to Overbecks is steep and narrow and driving there can be hair-raising. An alternative is to take the South Sands Ferry and walk.

Try a Sea Safari

Sea-N-Shore run wildlife watching boat trips during the summer months. Generally these last about 2 hours and if you like riding in a fast rib, then this is the trip for you. It will also give you the chance to cruise the estuary at a more leisurely pace before heading out to sea.

Visit our Museum

A great place for a rainy afternoon, the Salcombe Maritime Museum is just a 2 minute walk down the hill from Leylands. Open from April to October it showcases the maritime history of Salcombe and currently has an interesting exhibit on life in Salcombe during the Second World War.

Pubs & Restaurants

The Crab Shed

This is a new restaurant for Salcombe and is tucked away in the long-term car park at Batson Creek. Run by the local crab traders its focus is on crab, lobster and fish, but you can get a steak too. They serve delicious Sharpham wines, from the vineyard near Totnes.

The Millbrook

The Millbrook at Southpool is an extremely popular pub. It is very unpretentious but serves great food, nearly all sourced in Devon. It’s a long drive to the Millbrook but when the tide is right you can reach it by boat. Just remember to check the tide tables!

The Oyster Shack

Bigbury is home to the Oyster Shack, which we have found to be consistently good. It provides a fun eating experience, with knives and forks in children’s beach buckets on the table. We really recommend the whitebait and the mussels.  They also do a children’s menu.