Towns & Villages in the South Hams

Towns & Villages

From small coastal villages to bustling historic market towns...

Not just blessed with rolling countryside and stunning beaches, South Devon offers plenty of things to do come rain or shine. Whether you're looking for a day out guaranteed to keep the whole family entertained or a more relaxed time exploring the heritage of South Devon, there is an abundance of choices.

Here are a few of our favourites which have that classic 'chocolate box' appeal.

Aveton Gifford

Aveton Gifford

A pretty village on the banks of the River Avon, with beautiful walks on both sides of the estuary to the beaches of Bantham and Bigbury-on-Sea. There is a shop with post office and a pub which is open all day through the season, serving meals and cream teas.

Bantham

Bantham

On one side of the mouth of the River Avon, Bantham boasts a large and privately owned beach. It's one of the main surfing beaches in the area with full lifeguard cover and scenic views across the bay to the renowned Burgh Island. the village pub, The Sloop...

Beesands

Beesands

A small fishing village, on a shingle beach in Start Bay. Fishing boats still offer up the catch of the day on the village green. You can sample their delights at the cafe or the long established pub with accommodation. Behind the beach is Widdicombe Ley, a...

Bigbury-on-Sea

Bigbury-on-Sea

A seaside village with large, beautiful sandy beaches, together with a tidal causeway which links the mainland to Burgh Island. During high tide you can experience the seas tractor, the only one in the world!  The art-deco Burgh Island Hotel is an iconic...

Dartmouth

Dartmouth

A beautiful town on the banks of the River Dart with a nautical charm and fascinating history which is reflected in its architecture. If you love the water, Dartmouth is the place for you with sailing, canoeing and gig racing, all popular pastimes. If you...

Hope Cove

Hope Cove

A picturesque, fishing village nestled in the shelter of Bolt Tail, the curve of Bigbury Bay. Its charming thatched cottages, clean sandy beaches, and peaceful, relaxed atmosphere makes it a perfect day out. There are two bays called Inner and Outer Hope. The...

Kingsbridge

Kingsbridge

The ancient market town of Kingsbridge lies betwixt Plymouth, to the west, Torbay to the east and Dartmoor to the north and is the historic and natural centre of the South Hams. Kingsbridge can truly claim to be the "hub of the wheel" from which to...

Loddiswell

Loddiswell

On the road from the A38 down to Kingsbridge, it stands on the hills above the Avon Valley.  Loddiswell has a beautiful parish Church dating back to the 12th. century, a busy pub with food and Avon Mill Garden Centre which offers stylish accessories for...

Malborough

Malborough

A large village with a thriving community on the road between Kingsbridge and Salcombe, with post office, filling station with small supermarket and two lively pubs, one with accommodation. A large village hall hosts many local shows, concerts and musical...

Modbury

Modbury

Modbury is a small Georgian town with a  thriving community . The name Modbury is a corruption of the Anglo-Saxon name Moot burgh from 'Moot' meaning either 'Mud' or 'Meeting'  and  'Bury' meaning 'Fortified Enclosure'.  There are small...

Salcombe

Salcombe

Salcombe is an attractive, small town with an interesting history. It was once a major port for the fruit trade and, over the years, has found fame as a safe haven for family holidays and visiting yachtsmen. The small, narrow, main street through the town is...

Slapton

Slapton

Slapton village lies in a hollow about a half mile from the beach; sheltered by a low hill ridge and separated from the sea by the fresh-watered Slapton Ley. Its position has meant that, unlike the neighbouring villages of Torcross, Beesands and Hallsands, it...

South Milton

South Milton

South Milton is a small Devon village of about 400 inhabitants and we can be found three miles west of Kingsbridge in the South Hams area of South Devon. There has been a village here for at least the last one thousand years & it was mentioned in the...

South Pool

South Pool

South Pool is located within South Hams on the eastern banks of the Kingsbridge Estuary at the head of South Pool Creek. Historically it formed part of Coleridge Hundred. The village pub is called the Millbrook Inn.

Stokenham

Stokenham

The Parish of Stokenham covers the whole of the southern half of Start Bay from Slapton Sands to Start Point and on to Lannacombe Beach. It includes Torcross, Beesands, Hallsands, Kellaton, Kernborough, Dunstone, Beeson, Chillington and the village of...

Thurlestone

Thurlestone

A  charming village near the coast with access to sandy beaches and the South West Coast Path. Running along the stunning coastline of Bigbury Bay is Thurlestone Golf Club. The course is a mix of links and cliff-top terrain and offers rewarding and...

Torcross

Torcross

A small village at the southern end of a three mile long shingle beach in Start Bay. The strand of shingle has the sea on one side and the freshwater Slapton Ley on the other. The village and surrounding area is steeped in tragic history - the World War II...

Totnes

Totnes

Totnes is home to a cosmopolitan mix of people. Their wide range of interests foster exciting cultural activity and passionate exploration of new ideas. As one of the founder towns of the Transition Town movement, Totnes attracts attention from people all...

Wembury

Wembury

Wembury is a village and peninsula on the south coast of Devon, very close to Plymouth Sound, but actually in the the South Hams within the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). The South West Coast Path goes past the coastal end of the...

West Alvington

West Alvington

West Alvington is a small village, located on the outskirts of Kingsbridge in South Devon. It has a Primary School, village pub and church, and is about a 10 minute walk from the centre of Kingsbridge. At one time Alvington was part of the Royal Estates;...

Woodleigh

Woodleigh

A small hamlet in the Avon valley, north of Kingsbridge & near the village of Loddiswell.

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