Ideas for your days...

The South Hams region lies in the southernmost part of Devon in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Its coastline is stunning with beautiful beaches and wonderful walking. The countryside is rural, quiet and unspoilt.

'Wow it's like the land that time forgot down here! Really relaxing and beautiful, no TV and skinny roads. Gosh we are urbanised people. We loved it!'

Read AONB information on the Gara Valley Coastal scarp slopes and combes - South Devon AONB


The Coast Path

Walk the Coast Path close to us, or choose Dartmoor or the Dart Valley. Let the kids and dogs run and play on our wonderful beaches, all different, and a choice of 15 within 30 minutes' drive, most dog-friendly.

Start Bay

Blackpool Sands with The Venus Beach Cafe

“ Slapton Sands, great fun for boy and dog”

“ The coastal path is a real jewel, the hedgerows look glorious”

Sample our high-quality, locally-produced food in the pubs, restaurants, farm shops, tea rooms and cafes. Explore history - castles, pirates, boats - and discover art and local craft in ancient towns like Dartmouth, Salcombe, Totnes and Kingsbridge, full of atmosphere and charm with hidden lanes and fascinating little shops, galleries, and markets. Or try the local butcher, Hannafords at Torcross, or the farm shop at Stokeley Barton...

Find walks, cycle trails, event info and landscape info on the AONB site Interactive map - South Devon AONB

Fishing Nets at Beesands
The Gara Brook feeds Slapton Ley, a National Nature Reserve NNR, which has gentler walks including an easier level boardwalk.
Torcross: Sherman Tank from Op Tiger

Take the Dart river ferries or the Dart valley steam train Dartmouth Rail River, explore Greenway, home of Agatha Christie greenway, or one of the many other National Trust houses or beaches; or sample gourmet treats at Sharpham Dairy and vineyard.


Slapton - The Tower Inn

“ Ticklemore Street in Totnes for fish and local cheeses”

Start Point Lighthouse

“ the walk to and look inside Start Point Lighthouse is a must, windy but lovely”

Sharpham House

“Our 11th visit and once again we've had a marvellous week. ”

Visit Farm Centres; Paignton Zoo; Woodlands Leisure Park; the Eden Project; the RHS garden at Rosemoor;

Explore our many local art and craft galleries.

Dartmouth Art Shops

“ Dartmoor, very impressive with gorse and heather”
“ Riding on the moor was exhilarating”

Why not try lake or sea fishing; riding, at the local stables 10 minutes down the lane or on the Moor;or golf (3 courses close by).



Explore castles from Bronze Age hillforts, through motte & bailey to Gothic imitations; try tango in Totnes; or visit any of the local National Trust houses, gardens or beaches. And Dartington Hall for music and the arts.

“ the trip on Dittisham Ferry to Greenway Gardens and walk back on Dart Valley Trail very good”


Ferry Cottage, Dittisham

Great Dog Walking!

We have two dog-friendly pubs with restaurants in Slapton, The Queens Arms, which also does takeaways, and The Tower Inn, or walk up the green lane over the fields to Strete to the Kings Arms or The Laughing Monk restaurant.

Try The Torcross Boat House for food on the beach, dog-friendly too Torcross Boat House



Burgh Island
Photo by Mark Grimshaw

Try The Pilchard Inn or Venus Beach Cafe Bigbury or The Oyster Shack

“Excellent dog walking country."
“ Burgh Island consumed hours and hours of time, spectacular views, go to pub for lovely service and food.”

Here are just some of the things previous visitors have written about in our Visitors Books:

….”Blackpool Sands – good facilities, very clean”….  ”Gara Rock, beautiful sandy cove – rock pools
plus cliffs for shade”…. ”Mill Bay and Bantham, lovely sandy beaches. Bantham is good for body boarding”….

”Lannacombe Beach – just perfect”
“ Dittisham is great for crab fishing – be sure to have a crab race at the end”
''Doggie heaven!”