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About SalcombeAbout Salcombe

By the Kingsbridge Estuary lies Salcombe, a coastal town that is considered one of the gems of South Devon. It is a premiere holiday destination, boasting of a magnificent seascape and a lush green countryside.

Water activities and day trips are popular for tourists visiting Salcombe. Sailing, surfing, kayaking, and paddle boarding are just some of the water sports that people can do in the stunning beaches of the town. For more specific locations, travelers frequently visit East Portlemouth via ferry, Burgh Island by sea tractor, and the North Sands and South Sands in Salcombe.

For a leisurely stroll along the coast, the South West Coast Path is the best way to go. This will lead wandering tourists to the Start Point Lighthouse, a place offering sweeping views of the town and the sea beyond.

Restaurants in Salcombe feature a lovely concoction of fresh farm produce and seafood caught by the local fishermen. Fore Street is one of the best places to try Salcombe’s cuisine, with bars, pubs, and restaurants serving local meat, fresh fish, ang a range of delicacies catering to everyone’s taste.

Around the town, ice cream parlors showcasing the famous Salcombe Dairy Ice Cream abound. Tourists can also check out the Salcombe gin and ale at one of the distilleries and pubs in Salcombe.

There is never a dearth of events and festivals in Salcombe. While there are plenty of events scheduled throughout the year, the summer months are the peak season for a host of fairs and regattas in the town. The month of April sees the Salcombe Crabfest while August is the perfect time to catch sailing events complete with fireworks and fun for the whole family.

Accommodations in Salcombe range from homely B&Bs and cottages to more luxurious apartments, hotels, and lodges. Some even have spas, fine dining, and top-class views of the estuary.

Aside from these popular and exciting places and activities, Salcombe is also popular for the notable people hailing from it. Some of these people include Sir Clive Woodward, Led Zeppelin members, Julian White, Marry Berry and Kate Bush.

Places to eat in SalcombePlaces to eat in Salcombe, Restaurants in Salcombe

Boatswains Brasserie Seafood Salcombe
Boatswains Brasserie
Seafood Salcombe
The Salcombe Delicatessen & Sandwich Shop Sandwich Shop Salcombe
The Salcombe Delicatessen & Sandwich Shop
Sandwich Shop Salcombe
Captain Flint's Italian Salcombe
Captain Flint's
Italian Salcombe
The Wardroom Cafe Salcombe
The Wardroom
Cafe Salcombe
Island Street Bar & Grill British Salcombe
Island Street Bar & Grill
British Salcombe
Salcombe Original Fast Food Salcombe
Salcombe Original
Fast Food Salcombe

Places to drink in Salcombe Places to drink in Salcombe, Pubs and Bars in Salcombe

The Millbrook Inn Pub/Bar Salcombe
The Millbrook Inn
Pub/Bar Salcombe
The Victoria Inn Pub/Bar Salcombe
The Victoria Inn
Pub/Bar Salcombe
The Fortescue Inn Pub/Bar Salcombe
The Fortescue Inn
Pub/Bar Salcombe
The Royal Oak Pub/Bar Salcombe
The Royal Oak
Pub/Bar Salcombe
The Old Inn Pub/Bar Salcombe
The Old Inn
Pub/Bar Salcombe
The Kings Arms Pub/Bar Salcombe
The Kings Arms
Pub/Bar Salcombe

A brief history of SalcombeA brief history of Salcombe

Salcombe is a place really known for its waters. People in the area use the waters for a living. A lot of activities have something to do with water, too. Seafaring, shipbuilding, boats, fishing and some piracies are believed to be the major occupations until about a hundred years ago.

The oldest local settlements are also found to be placed near the water edge and not specifically on the edge to avoid direct danger from the sea. There are pirates who are in search of temporary homes, supplies and slaves during the ancient time, so these are some of the dangers local people were avoiding.

The name Salcombe was first identified or read in 1244. This is quite late compared to the neighbouring settlements’ appearance in writing. Nevertheless, the place has been inhabited for a long time. There is little record before 1244 and this can be attributed to the illiteracy of the inhabitants.

In 1403, Salcombe was raided by people from France which is the same group who burnt Plymouth. Before this, specifically in 1377, Salcombe was given a grant for its fortification. Sadly, nothing has been made or done during this time.

The relationship between Spain and England has been known to deteriorate in the 1550s, and this time, new records of harbour and town have been made available. Surveys were also done to identify the number of ships in Salcombe and Plymouth.

The Salcombe harbour is believed to be a coastal defence of Henry VIII which has decayed especially in the 1640s. Later on, specifically in 1644, the fortification was restored and garrisoned by Sir Edmund Fortescue. It was then renamed Fort Charles.

Smuggling and fishing are believed to still exist before the mid-18th century. The Moult was built in 1764 and was described as a “mere pleasure box.” This somewhat changed the life and living state of the people in the area.

In the 1790s, shipbuilding and ship owning became popular and more significant even though the town has been known for its boat making. Trading also became more prominent, and fruits were mostly delivered from Spain and the Azores. However, around 1875, the trading industry slowly diminished due to the iron and steel industry. There is also a lack of capital which contributed to this decrease in activities.

On a brighter side, the collapse of the ship owning and building was not the end for Salcombe. Many tourists have been visiting the place since the 1700s, so tourism is also booming in the area. Large houses were then built together with hotels to accommodate the growing number of visitors in the area. A railway was also built and shipyards were replaced by buildings.

In 1869, the lifeboat station of Salcombe was founded and the third lifeboat came in 1904. One of the most impactful disasters Salcombe experienced happened in October 1916. This was when the Great War of 1914-1918 was happening. Many townsmen were in the army and some have already died.

Salcombe was considered an exclusive holiday resort when the First and Second World Wars happened. The beautiful scenery, climate and spots in the area continuously attracted guests. There were clubs established in the area, too, to attract the groups of retirees who want to spend their remaining time doing relaxing activities.

Sadly, the Second World War also left the town in a devastating state. Bombing raids were done and casualties were more than what the authorities can count. New buildings were also destroyed but were rebuilt to aid the economy of Salcombe.

The people of Salcombe took some time to know peace once again. Tourism was put on hold because travel was difficult after the war. When the things came back to normal, several tourists once again flock to the city and the tourist areas flourished once again.

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Did you know?Did you know?

In the unique eelgrass beds, you will be able to find seahorse nurseries which also makes Salcombe special. In addition to marine life, seals, sharks and dolphins can also be seen in Salcombe at times. Danny, one of the dolphins, is from Dartmouth and is also kind of popular as it has its own Facebook page.

In terms of history, the first holiday home built in Salcombe is called The Moult. It was built in 1764. Salcombe also became a holiday resort as it experienced two world wars. In 1922, the Salcombe Sailing Club was founded, but women were only welcomed to join the club in 1948.

Hidden gems of SalcombeThe hidden gems of Salcombe

Slowly becoming more popular to tourists, Adventure South can still be classified as a hidden gem in Salcombe. This place provides guests with outdoor adventure experience which is perfect for groups of people regardless of the number of members. There are water sports and land activities which guests will surely enjoy.

Unique to SalcombeUnique to Salcombe

Clipper schooners which are described to be similar to yachts can be seen in Salcombe as this place serves as a home port. Because these schooners have a good spot, they have easy access to fruits of different seasons and the markets, making them ahead of their competitors.