Want to know more about Salcombe? Why it's so great to boat here? Where are the best places to go and stay?

We'll give you the lowdown - everything you need to plan and enjoy your trip to Salcombe.






The town

World-class casinos. Fashionable nightclubs. Wall-to-wall super-models. Salcombe has none of these things.

Yet despite that, the town has still become one of the most popular locations in the UK for boating. 

The town is stocked with everything the boater needs. There's also an array of excellent shops, Chandlers, and quality hotels, B&B's, pubs and restaurants.

Salcombe has been designated an area of outstanding natural beauty and is surrounded by picturesque countryside. There is no better place to cruise the waves.



A combination of natural geography, the best of the English climate and a warm welcome has helped to make Salcombe one of the UK's favourite boating locations.

On the southernmost tip of Devon, Salcombe Harbour is a natural, sheltered arena that's a dream for watersports fans. It's also tidal and the perfect training ground for improving your skills in safety.

Other parts are ideal for more advanced boaters, with tricky navigable creeks, numerous pontoons, and enough water traffic to test everyone's nautical highway code.

The Salcombe coastline is as beautiful as it is rugged. Perfect for passages and cruising, its many small anchorages and harbour entrances great places for a number of exercises. And the challenging, confused sea conditions at 'Start Point' will test the most experienced boaters, as they head towards Dartmouth. Plymouth Sound and port are both within easy reach and well worth a visit.


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Harbour office

The Salcombe Harbour Authority office is located on the waterfront in the Whitestrand Car Park in the town centre.

Salcombe's Kingsbridge Estuary was designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest in 1987 and a Local Nature Reserve in 1992.

Anyone can see why the Kingsbridge Estuary sits within the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty of South Hams; the beautiful tree-lined creeks with all the wonderful wildlife it supports; washing powder Egrets and parliaments of Grey Heron fishing at the water's edge.

But this estuary was designated as a Nature Reserve because of the wildlife you normally can't see; rare seaweeds, unusual crabs, feather stars, sponges and even the longest species of animal in the world. There are three species of red seaweed within the estuary that are not thought to grow anywhere else in Britain.

It is very much our responsibility, as the users of the estuary, to conserve and protect it. We must all take stock to ensure that we have as little environmental impact as possible on the area that we all love and enjoy.

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