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The South Hams

The South Hams, the Southernmost tip of Devon, has been designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, with its rolling hills, wooded river valleys, patchwork fields, sandy beaches, a spectacular coast line & small picturesque villages.

There are miles of spectacular coastline & beaches to enjoy in the South Hams. Picturesque Blackpool Sands, the freshwater lagoon at Slapton Sands, the popular family beach Hope Cove, Salcombe Sands with its spectacular views, the marine centre & rock pools at Wembury or the golden sands of Thurlestone. Bantham beach is popular for wind-surfing & kite-surfing & you’ll often find locals enjoying their barbecues on the beach during the summer evenings. Dittisham is another stunning beach & home to a popular sailing school.

If you prefer an activity-based holiday, then there are several specialist centres offering horse-riding, sailing & golf. There are also bike-hire shops & well-known walking trails as well as several local sailing schools. Aside from the seaside, local historic towns, such as Dartmouth & Totnes offer many interesting cultural opportunities. Castles such as Berry Pomeroy, Dartmouth & Totnes, as well as National Trust houses, including the famous Dartington Hall & gardens & several museums.

Another attraction of the South Hams is the magnificent Burgh Island Hotel. This is an art deco hotel made famous by guests such as Agatha Christie & the Duke & Duchess of Windsor. At high tide, guests can take a trip on the sea tractor from Bigbury-On-Sea across the water to the hotel. There are a wealth of attractions to suit the whole family, even when the sun doesn't shine there's always something to keep you entertained!

Salcombe regatta week takes place the second week in August.

The Royal Regatta brings crowds of yachting types to Dartmouth at the end of August.

Dartmouth's medieval castle celebrates the 500th anniversary of Henry VIII's ascension to the throne with themed events for children every Monday & Tuesday in August.

Also worth a visit is Greenway House; once owned by Agatha Christie & open to the public for the first time this year.

Easy to do in stages & punctuated by welcoming pubs & beach cafes, the South West Coastal Path attracts thousands of walkers during the summer & takes in the former smugglers' villages of Outer & Inner Hope, the stunning arch at Thurlestone Rock & Burgh Island.