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On a cottage holiday, Dartmouth and Salcombe are well worth a visit.


A well-established yachting centre on the South Devon coast, Dartmouth is an attractive, colourful town with some interesting historic buildings and a lovely harbour area. The old market centre holds markets on Tuesdays and Saturdays and is otherwise a pleasing mix of high street stores and independent retailers selling local crafts and regional produce, and there are many excellent brasseries, pubs and restaurants catering for locals and the town’s many visitors, with some of these housed in buildings dating centuries back, in narrow, cobbled streets. Explore the narrow streets of Foss Hill, Browns Street and the Butterwalk, more than 300 years old. Dartmouth has a castle too, which is now under the protection of English Heritage and is a well-known visitor attraction.


Just a short drive from Dartmouth, Salcombe is a pretty tourist town, with a bustling village centre and marina during the holiday season. On the South West Coastal path, there are spectacular views of the fine natural harbour from nearby Overbecks and from Bolt Head. The village retains an air of old-world charm, with narrow streets filled with small shops and some excellent restaurants. Overbecks Gardens are filled with the semi-exotic plants and palms, which flourish in the temperate climate. Salcombe is an excellent holiday destination, with some fine sandy beaches, particularly the North and South Sands, both just a short walk and a ferry ride from Salcombe centre. The beaches of East Portlemouth, on the opposite side of the estuary from the centre is also an excellent place to relax on a summer’s day.

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