South Devon is a beautiful part of England that feels like a million miles away from home (or at least for those of us not lucky enough to live on the coast). It’s peaceful and calming. Each small beach or cove has its own identity. Hope Cove is popular with cute dogs, Salcombe with surfers and paddle boarders, whilst Blackpool Sands is a hit with Sunday strollers.
Glazebrook House Hotel is an ideal base for exploring the area (so long as you have a car and can brave the narrow lanes). You can easily explore many of the beaches in one weekend, though for a more enjoyable time three days would be an ideal minimum. Here are seven pearls of wisdom (#7POW) on things to see and do in and around South Devon:
♥ Surfing and Paddle Boarding
Salcombe is the perfect beach to try some watersports. It’s a small, wide cove and there are plenty of others out on the water. There’s a beachside café to warm up in afterwards or for those who prefer to watch (like me).
♥ Wine Tasting
The Sharpham Estate is an unexpected gem overlooking the River Dart. The grounds are absolutely gorgeous. It’s worth a visit just for the drive in. The vineyards have been producing wine for over twenty years to locals and even internationally. Arrive before 2pm to take part in some wine tasting, either via a tour or a self guided visit. You’re welcome to walk across the fields to see the vineyards, or you can simply enjoy a glass (or two) at the seated area. The bubbles are highly recommended.
No trip to the coast would be complete without a spot of stone skimming. The beaches are really quiet and the water is really cold, so you don’t need to worry about any swimmers. Blackpool Sands, and Hope Cove are perfect spots to visit.
‘The Shops at Dartington‘ are very cute. Set in wooden huts and stoned cottages, they’re spread on a hillside. Head straight to the food shop for some tempting local products, like the alcohol, fudge and cakes, as well as some more worldly tastes like the coffees.
♥ Cheese Tasting
Whilst you can taste some really good cheeses at Dartington, go to Sharpham for a real foodie experience. You can see the creamery and dairy farm in action, learning all about the hand-produced methods. If you haven’t the time or interest to be educated, simply opt for a bit of cheese tasting here. It’s a good excuse to try some of the wines too.
♥ Dog Spotting
If you have your very own pooch bring him/her along. It’s almost like it’s the law to have one down this part of England. You’ll find lots of dog walkers at Hope Cove, and Salcombe. Salcombe is really popular with dachshunds, which just so happens to be my fave type.
♥ Fish n Chips
What’s more English than fish n chips at the seaside?! There’s no speculating. You really must have this classic. If you want to escape the blustery winds head inside to The Venus Café at Blackpool Sands, where you can enjoy a tasty meal underneath a canopy of bunting and twinkling lights, or out on the slightly shielded terrace. Just be warned that the chips are the skinny fries kind. The fresh fish more than makes up for this slight error though.
Wherever you walk in South Devon you’ll love the scenery. Definitely include a stroll on the sands of Salcombe, Hope Cove, and Blackpool Sands though. Play a game of beating the tide, collect pretty pebbles or just work off that fish n chips.
Do you have any tips to add to this list? What do you think of my visit? X