Salcombe Torquay
South Hams
Devon TQ8 8 
 
 
 
 
Salcombe in the South Hams district of Devon, is a very attractive and popular sailing resort.  Sheltered by the Kingsbridge Estuary it has lovely sandy beaches and delightful surrounding countryside.
 
The town is a typical old fishing port with narrow streets and houses tumbling down the hillsides to the quays. By the 18th century shipbuilding was the major industry and in the 19th century Salcombe was an international trading port.
 
The major industry now is tourism and water sports.  Sailing is the premier sport, but visitors can also indulge in SCUBA diving, surfing, kayaking and power boating.
 
The town caters for the clientele of large yachts with upmarket shops, restaurants and art galleries.  However, it is still possible to find an old local pub for a quiet drink and to take the rowboat ferry across the estuary to the beaches on the other side.
 
American Naval HQ WW11
Salcombe became an American Naval HQ during the Second World War. Sixty-six ships and many auxiliary vessels sailed from Salcombe on 4 June 1944 as part of "Force U" which landed on Utah Beach, Normandy.  A plaque commemorating the D-Day landings can be found on Normandy Way, just above the road sign.
 
A very pleasant spot to visit is Overbeck's Museum & Garden, a National Trust property.  Exploring the many little coves and smugglers villages such as Hope Cove is another delight.
 
There are some lovely walks along the coast, particularly from the mouth of the estuary to Bolt Head and Bolt Tail.  On a fine evening, the sunset is breathtaking.
 
Plan Your Visit
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Contact & Further Information
Telephone   +44 (0)1548 843 927
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Website   Salcombe Information    External Link
 
Getting There
- By Car:
Take the M4/M5 or M25/M3/A303/A30 to Exeter, then A38/A384/A381 to Salcombe.
Parking is limited in Salcombe, especially in the summer season.
The following web address may assist Web:   Salcombe Car Parks    External Link
 
- By Rail:
Nearest train stations Totnes 21 miles (34 km) and Plymouth 25 miles (40 km).
Tel: +44 (0) 8457 484 950   National Rail Enquiries
Web:  National Rail Enquiries website    External Link
Web:  First Great Western website    External Link
 
-By Coach
National Express Coaches to Plymouth or Totnes
Tel: +44 (0)8705 808 080
Web:   National Express website    External Link
 
- By Bus:
Tel:  +44 (0)1752 402 060 First Western National Buses
Tel:  +44 (0)1548 853 081 Tally Ho! Kingsbridge Buses   
Tel:  +44 (0)1392 382 800 Devon Bus Enquiry Line
Tel:  +44 (0)8712 002 233 Traveline 
Web: Traveline Information    External Link
 
Google Map - Salcombe