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.
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.
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.
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