The Salcombe Estuary is one of the best spots for a walk in the South Hams. Set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the estuary’s many valleys and creeks make a beautiful choice of short walks. The pretty town of Salcombe makes a peaceful starting place for a wander, and you’ll find plenty of spots to stop and indulge in a cream tea or grab an ice cream as you explore.
The Salcombe Estuary may be known as an estuary but it’s actually a Ria, so remember to drop that into conversation as you walk to impress your party! Salcombe is one of the UK’s most loved sailing resorts, and its waters often welcome basking sharks and dolphin thanks to the estuary’s Mediterranean climate. Look out for the various forms of wildlife the waters are home to, as the estuary is as famous for its ecosystem as it is for its sailing conditions.
There are dozens of creeks to follow as they branch off from the estuary, and each one will take to to a different spot, village or route. The head of the estuary is found in Kingsbridge, a busy market town packed with tradition. Whichever route you choose you’ll find thatched pubs and places to admire along the way, so the estuary is a great starting point for getting to know the real Devon during a visit.
Whether you choose to stay close to Salcombe and enjoy the views as you stroll the estuary nearby, or venture along one of the smaller creeks and explore where they lead, you’ll be treated to some of the South Hams’ most stunning views.