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Exploring Salcombe and the South Hams in May: A Guide to Spring Adventures

As spring unfolds in our picturesque region of Salcombe and the South Hams, May emerges as an idyllic time to explore the natural beauty, charming villages, and vibrant coastal life. With longer days, warmer weather, and an array of outdoor activities, visitors are treated to an unforgettable experience filled with adventure, relaxation, and discovery.



C O A S T A L W A L K S & B E A C H E X P L O R A T I O N S


May invites outdoor enthusiasts to embark on scenic coastal walks along the South West Coast Path, offering breathtaking views of the rugged cliffs, sandy beaches, and sparkling sea. Explore hidden coves, such as Soar Mill Cove and Starehole Bay where the azure waters and rockpools await exploration. Stroll along the golden shores of East Portlemouth's beaches, which on sunny days are often likened to the Mediterranean or discover South Milton Sands, renowned for its stunning sunsets and home to the renowned Beach House cafe.


W A T E R S P O R T S & S E A S I D E A D V E N T U R E S


Embrace the spirit of adventure with a variety of watersports and estuary explorations in Salcombe. Kayak or paddleboard along the tranquil waters of the Salcombe Estuary, spotting wildlife and picturesque creeks along the way. Alternatively, set sail on a sailing excursion or enjoy a leisurely boat trip to discover the beauty of the coastline from a different perspective.

For those thrill seekers, try your hand at windsurfing, surfing at Bantham or coasteering along the rugged coastline. With experienced instructors and top-notch equipment available, you're sure to have an unforgettable aquatic experience.



C U L I N A R Y D E L I G H T S & L O C A L F L A V O U R S


May brings a culinary celebration to Salcombe and the South Hams, with food and drink festivals showcasing the region's finest offerings. Sample locally sourced produce, artisanal cheeses, freshly caught seafood, and award-winning wines at events such as the Salcombe Crabfest or the Kingsbridge Food and Music Festival, where live music and entertainment add to the festive atmosphere.

Explore the quaint villages of the South Hams, such as Dartmouth, Kingsbridge & Modbury, and discover charming cafes, artisanal bakeries, and bustling farmers' markets brimming with seasonal produce. Don't miss the opportunity to taste local specialties like Salcombe crab, Devonshire cream tea, and West Country cider, sure to tantalize your taste buds.


G A R D E N V I S I T S & F L O R A L D I S P L A Y S


Experience the beauty of springtime blooms with visits to the region's enchanting gardens and floral displays. Explore the vibrant colors of Overbeck's subtropical gardens in Salcombe, or wander through the picturesque grounds of Coleton Fishacre near Dartmouth, where rhododendrons, azaleas, and magnolias create a stunning backdrop. Or just take in the gorgeous wild blossoms and blooms that line the south west costal poath and countryside hedgerows.


V I L L A G E E X P L O R A T I O N & L O C A L M A R K E T S


Discover the charm of the South Hams' quaint villages and market towns, where May brings bustling markets and community events. Explore the historic streets of Kingsbridge, browse artisan stalls at the Farmers' Market, or sample an delicious selection of cuisines at the Totnes Good Food Sunday Market.




With its abundance of outdoor activities, culinary delights, cultural events, and natural beauty, May in Salcombe and the South Hams promises an unforgettable experience for visitors of all ages. Whether you're seeking adventure along the coastline, relaxation in picturesque gardens or lazing on the beach, and culinary discoveries in charming villages, the region offers endless opportunities to make the most of springtime in Devon.




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