South Devon Coast

Away to the west of the Devon Riviera lie the South Hams of Devon; a quiet and picturesque area which offers excellent walking. Although more mellow than its stormy Cornish neighbour, the coast of South Devon is blessed with more than its share of scenic grandeur and variety.

We walk the clifftops around the mighty headlands of Bolt Head, Start Point and Gammon Head; through the idyllic thatched villages of Slapton and Hope Cove; along the beautiful sandy beaches at Soar Mill Cove and Blackpool Sands and amid the cheerful bustle of Salcombe, Devon's most southerly resort, where the white-washed houses and colourful boats give the town a Mediterranean feel.

 

View of Dartmouth from Kingswear across the Dart Estuary

 

As you look inland from the coast path your view will vary from rugged moorland to patchwork fields, and on one occasion we walk along a causeway with the sea on one side and a large freshwater lake, teeming with birdlife, on the other. We shall also explore the historic town of Dartmouth with its fine Tudor, Jacobean and Georgian architecture, then cross the River Dart to visit Coleton Fishacre House (National Trust) with its beautiful art-deco interior and luxuriant gardens which enjoy spectacular coastal views.

All of these attractions aside, the most distinctive feature of this part of the South Devon coast is the number of magnificent rivers which reach the sea between Plymouth and Dartmouth. The Yealm, Erme, Avon, Kingsbridge and Dart all reach the sea hereabouts, and will feature on our walks.

The climate of the South Hams is so mild that in Salcombe oranges and lemons can be grown out of doors. The entire area exudes a feeling of prosperity and plenty. If you go on holiday looking to deprive yourself of luxuries the South Hams is not for you. This is, after all, the home of the 'cream tea'. Thankfully, despite their allure the South Hams remain unspoilt.

 

Gorse on the clifftop at Starehole Bay on a bright sunny day

 

Lonely Planet lists hiking the South West Coast Path as one of the world's great adventures with “walking at its most diverse, most spectacular and most delicious", and we would definitely agree with that description.

We stay at Stoke Lodge Hotel [ETB/AA***] in the delightful village of Stoke Fleming. The hotel is situated in an elevated position in the centre of the village, surrounded by three acres of gardens, lawns and woodland with seaviews from the southern aspect. The restaurant prides itself on preparing good food with the emphasis on quality local produce. All of the attractive and well-appointed bedrooms have ensuite bathroom facilities.

What's included in the price of this holiday?

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Holiday Options

Moderate
Code:SDC1
Date:May 7 - May 12, 2017
Grade:Moderate
Nights:5
Price:£715.00
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Moderate
Code:SDC2
Date:Jun 10 - Jun 17, 2017
Grade:Moderate
Nights:7
Price:£925.00
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Easy
Code:SDC3
Date:Sep 9 - Sep 16, 2017
Grade:Easy
Nights:7
Price:£925.00
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  • All of the above prices are per person, and based upon two guests sharing a double or twin-bedded room.
  • Single traveller? We shall have a limited number of single rooms available at no extra cost. Alternatively, pay an additional £20 per night and enjoy sole occupancy of a double room. (More about single supplement)

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Travel information
Rail: Totnes
Onward travel: Public bus or taxi

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