Things to do

 

Art & Exhibitions:

 "Shapes of Nature" Sculptures by Michele Meyer - Visit at Plympton Cottage (next to the property) also see her website. Her works can be seen at several Galleries but a visit to her Studio is highly recommended!
Harbour House on the Quay in Kingsbridge - ever changing exhibitions - well worth a visit!
Coves Quay Gallery - Thorning Street, just off Island Street, Salcombe
Mayne Gallery - Forestreet, Kingsbridge - lots of local Art
Gallery5 - in Island Street, Salcombe. A Studio selling original Artwork and Photographs

Sailing & Watersports:

Schools, Hire & Trips:
Watersports School and hire at South Sands.
The ICC operates a large school from the Egremont, an old Mersey ferry moored in the Bag. Regular Launches leave Whitestrand to the Ferry (with Bar). They offer short, long and even residential courses. Information can be found in Island Street. (Most providers are based here) Fishing Trips and Boat Hire can also be booked here, here or here.

Shopping:

Salcombe: Excellent butcher and small Grocery Store, Lots of Clothing and Cranches Sweetshop.
Kingsbridge: Morrisons and Tesco
Lots of smaller shops in Forestreet
Beesands: by fish from "The shack"
Totnes: Bookshops and "alternative"shops. Lots of great cafes.
Plymouth and Exeter: the usual high street shops. (Exeter worth a trip)

Food and Drink:

South Sands Beachside Hotel and Restaurant
South Milton Sands (Thurlestone Beach) - The Beachhouse - great food and admosphere!
Salcombe: a range of bars and Restaurants. Recommended: The Victoria Inn and the Island Street Barn & Grill
Malborough: The Old Inn and the Royal Oak
Slapton: The Tower Inn: parking difficult, but excellent food and great atmosphere.

Beaches:

South Sands Beach: Beautiful sandy beach. a 10-15 minutes walk down of the valley. Has a ferry service to Salcombe. Watersports, Swimming, Food and Drinks. Short distance to cliffwalks with views of Salcombe, the Bar and the Sea.
North Sands Beach: 5-10 minute walk from South Sands in the direction of Salcombe. Beautiful Sandy Beach (small at high tide). Snacks at the Winking Prawn.
Other excellent beaches on the East Portlemouth side of the Estuary are reached by small ferry. (leave from Salcombe near the "Ferry Inn". Great Snacks from the Venus Café near the ferry steps in East Portlemouth

Bantham: THE surfing beach and amazing lunches at the Gastrovan!

Walks:

There are a great number of recommended Walks in the area. Several maps are available at the local bookshop in Salcombe or at the Tourist Information.
Around Snapes Point - excellent views up and down the Estuary. Start from Batson.
Around Bolt Head - Start from South Sands and head South following the signs for Sharpitor. Follow the Public Footpath from there allong the Clifftop. Cross the valley at the end to Bolt Head (and find the old Coastguard lookout) and the return via the lower path past Starehole Bay.