South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
Wild and rugged coastline, secretive estuaries and the quality of tranquillity are what the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) is all about. Rivers and in-shore waters shape the landscape character of the AONB and bring a rich heritage of maritime and trading traditions. The coast is a valuable area for peaceful recreation and enjoyment, treasured by residents and visitors alike. The coastline of the South Devon AONB is 60 miles long and includes the South Devon Heritage Coast and the five estuaries of the Yealm, Erme, Avon, Salcombe-Kingsbridge and Dart.
National Trust - South Devon
Overbeck’s is an absolute must visit during your stay in Salcombe, and if it’s the coast you crave you can go rock-pooling or swimming at Wembury beach or South Milton Sands. Why not explore the thatched coastal village of Branscombe or the dramatic cliff top at Bolberry Down. If you want to go further afield then there is the magnificent Georgian Saltram, on the edge of Plymouth, and the quirky 16-sided A la Ronde, near Exmouth, South Devon is simply a treasure trove of places to visit. In the ‘English Riviera’ of Torbay alone sit the medieval manor of Bradley; the elegant Arts and Crafts style Coleton Fishacre; Agatha Christie’s holiday home at Greenway; the medieval fortress of Compton Castle and the modernist gem of High Cross House.