The Salcombe and Kingsbridge areas of South Devon are some of the prettiest in the county. Aside from being picturesque, the estuary and the surrounding area is classified as a Site of Special Scientific Interest, meaning you can often spot wildlife and plantlife that you can’t find elsewhere.

If you’re planning a visit to the Salcombe/Kingsbridge area of South Devon, here are some of the prettiest places along the estuary to add to your itineraries.

Bolt Head Peninsula

If you wanted to trick your friends back home that you were somewhere tropical, this is a great place to stage your photos. Bolt Head is one of the most dramatic of South Devon’s coastline. For the best views, head out of Salcombe on Cliff Road, pass North and South Sands following the road up to Overbecks. You can pick up the South West Coast Path here where you have the best views across the peninsula.

Bowcombe Creek

You can enjoy the creek by following a popular walking route from Kingsbridge. You will arrive at the creek from behind Kingsbridge Rugby Club or via the bridal way on Jackson’s Hill. The waters are tranquil and there are message boards to tell you about the various animals and birds that can be found there. You can easily see kingfishers during the day and if you’re out of an evening, there are rare bats that make an appearance.

West Charleton Marshes

If you are a lover of nature, this is a must visit location, bird watchers come from miles around to catch sight of some of the birds that call the marshes home. You can easily see geese, mallards, bittern and even ospreys here. Head to West Charleton on the outskirts of Kingsbridge and follow the path from Marsh Lane. You’ll find bird hides where you can stop to take in the views of the estuary and the marshes.

Snapes Point

Both Salcombe and Kingsbridge have incredible views but for a panoramic view, head to Snapes Point. It’s one of the best loved headlands in the area and once you’re there you will understand why. There are two trails to explore around Snapes Head but both will give you excellent views across the water.

South Pool

Often described as “the loveliest of waterways” South Pool Creek is one of the estuary’s hidden gems. There are lots of lovely walks where you can follow the water or why not arrive by boat and experience the region in a whole new light.

If you want to spend some time visiting these pretty places in and around the Salcombe Estuary, why not book a stay with Toad Hall Cottages? They have several cottages in the region on their portfolio – click here to find out more.

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