Devon to Discover and Explore
The South Hams is not only a designated an “Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty”. Many people consider it one of the loveliest parts of Devon. No one can deny that there’s great beauty and interest in every direction. It is an area of contrasts. There are bustling maritime towns and small fishing and crabbing villages. Travel a little inland and you’ll find timeless villages by rivers and in peaceful valleys. It is also a land steeped in history. There are numerous National Trust and English Heritage Properties in the area.
Explore Totnes whose main street is lined with Elizabethan and 17th century residences. Make a point of visiting the 11th century Castle Keep for beautiful vies across the town, then trace its colourful past in the Guildhall and town museum. Elizabethan Tuesdays start in May and run until the end of September. Take a pleasure boat trip on the River Dart and combine it with a ride on the Paignton to Dartmouth Steam Railway, following seven miles of magnificent coastal track. Nearby Berry Pomeroy Castle is reputedly haunted.
Overbecks Garden at Salcombe and Coleton Fishacre near Kingswear, both of which are managed by the National Trust, are a must for every garden lover.
For those interested in more recent history, visit Torcross by Slapton Sands, where a Sherman Tank raised from the sea in 1984 forms an impressive memorial of the D-day landings. Situated at the end of Slapton sands is Torcross, nestled between the Nature Reserve and the shingle beach with magnificent panoramic views of Start Bay. The Fish&Chips bar is considered one of the best in the area. Just inland from the coastal road lies the characterful village of Slapton. With its twisting narrow streets and historic pub it is an excellent place to stop for a meal or relaxing break.
Among other top-attractions that can also be easily reached from Hope Cove is Buckfast Abbey set in the wooded valley of the Dart. Travelling west from Hope Cove in the direction of Plymouth discover the old market town of Modbury with its elegant Georgian town houses or visit the Kitley Caves and Country Park near Plymouth, which offer a unique blend of fun, excitement, and education for all the family. The atmospheric reconstructions in the Plymouth Dome on Plymouth Hoe take you on an extraordinary journey through the history of this maritime city.