West Alvington

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West Alvington village is perfectly placed for exploring the popular towns of Kingsbridge and Salcombe, and the stunning South Hams coastline and countryside.

About West Alvington

West Alvington village is situated on the main Kingsbridge/Salcombe road within walking distance of the bustling waterside market town of Kingsbridge, which boasts numerous independent shops, cafés, pubs and restaurants, as well as a cinema and two supermarkets for all your holiday essentials.

West Alvington itself has a village pub and an abundance of peaceful countryside walks on its doorstep, not to mention bracing cliff-top hikes with jaw-dropping views along the nearby South West Coast Path.

Within a 15 minute drive, there are several beautiful golden sandy beaches that fringe this picturesque peninsula, including Thurlestone, Hope Cove, Bantham and Bigbury-on-Sea, any of which are fantastic spots for a family beach day.

The sailing mecca of Salcombe lies just 5 miles away, with its stunning views across the harbour to the golden beaches at East Portlemouth and Mill Bay (accessible by passenger ferry) and its excellent shopping and dining establishments.

A holiday cottage in West Alvington is conveniently placed for everything you need to make your holiday in South Devon truly memorable.

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Waterborn Stand Up Paddleboarding

Waterborn SUP
(2 miles)

If the weather’s right, Stand Up Paddleboarding is a wonderful way to really embrace the beautiful environment in the South Hams. Based in Kingsbridge Waterborn SUP offers lessons, board hire and a genuinely enthusiastic introduction to the variation on surfing whether you’re a pro or a beginner. They supply high quality equipment and tuition, whilst benefiting from a pretty spectacular learning environment.  They have all the equipment ready to hire, so just turn up with a big smile on your face ready to go!

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Fantastic early morning session with Crispin - got us two oldies up on our feet paddling around the Kingsbridge estuary - what a fabulous way to start the day. Five star - would like to do it again.

May 2018


Very enjoyable - will definitely do it again. Crispin was very helpful.

September 2017


Thank you Crispin for a fab family lesson introducing us and our 3 girls to paddle boarding

May 2017


The Haven Spa
(2 miles)

The Haven is a friendly local spa in a quiet corner of Kingsbridge providing an opportunity to revitalise the mind, regenerate the body, and above all rest and relax in a peaceful and calming environment. Choose from an extensive range of Elemis therapies and spa packages to heighten the relaxing experience of a holiday break.

The Haven Spa The Old Workhouse, Kingsbridge TQ7 1EQ (T: 01548 855922)

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Great little spa with friendly professional staff - loved it

July 2018


South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Walks and Trails

South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Walks and Trails
(2 miles)

We have said it before and we will say it again, the reason South Devon attracts so many visitors and captures their hearts is because it really is a phenomenally beautiful part of the world, and as such is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in many areas. So walking is a great pleasure when you’re on holiday here, especially as there are over 40 routes in the AONB itself, ranging in length from two to 12 miles. They are a wonderful opportunity to explore the wildlife, archaeology and history of South Devon, as well as the views and scenery along the way.

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Visit to the East Soar walkers hut with its self service cream tea is a must as part of a circular work in that area

September 2018


Outstanding restaurant. Have ben using it since 2005 and always book beforehand to ensure a table. Friendly staff and reasonably priced. Ready to book for next year.

September 2018


Walked the South West Coastal path from Plymouth to Hope Cove - fantastic!

April 2017


Singing Paddle

Singing Paddles
(2 miles)

There’s no doubt about it, the best thing to do on a holiday in South Devon is get outside and have a waterside adventure, and Singing Paddles aim to help you do just that. Offering canoeing and coaching with more than 30 years of experience, the team are careful to operate a carbon neutral company funding local tree planting, hedge reinstating and using a grey water system to clean equipment. Paddling is an environmentally friendly water sport, and they offer a variety of sea kayaking and canoeing options for individuals and for groups starting at £15 for an individual session to £250 for a tailor made day.

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Very professional

December 2016


Have been on several tours with Singing Paddles and have always enjoyed them. Really good fun and feels like you had a good workout by the end!

December 2016


Harbour House Art Gallery

Harbour House Art Gallery
(2 miles)

Harbour House Centre for Arts and Yoga sits in pride of place in Kingsbridge overlooking the estuary and offers yoga, meditation, Pilates and Tai Chi classes, a vegetarian café and art exhibitions in one beautiful, light filled environment. Friendly, healthy and holistic, they host local artists and a variety of artistic styles, but it’s not merely about observing, it’s about getting involved, so they also have life drawing, painting and arts classes available. The café overlooks the art gallery, adding another dimension to your lunch, but classes are popular, so while you can pop into most exhibitions, it’s a good idea to phone and check availability for classes before you turn up! Full details of timetables and current events on the site!

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A decent enough café, with reasonable coffee and a pleasant ambience, alongside a local art gallery with (when we visited) an eclectic mix of art and artifacts. And if you're into yoga, my guess is that any type of yoga you can imagine is available here. If the weather's nice, the rear courtyard garden is quite pleasant, too.

April 2017



Ring O' Bells
(Less than a mile)

A convenient place to stop and enjoy the views over the Salcombe Estuary from the large rear sun terrace.  Inside there is a cosy lounge bar and family friendly restaurant serving an extensive menu of traditional pub favourites, along with daily specials and Sunday carvery.

Ring o Bells West Alvington, Kingsbridge TQ7 3PG (T: 01548 857227)

 

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Used a Groupon voucher which made it Great value. Warm welcome, good portions, lovely home made pie. Pub grub at its best.

September 2018


Very impressed. Food was excellent, Staff very attentive and friendly. We visited twice in the week we were in the area.

June 2018


Very friendly staff, lovely food - we enjoyed the weekly pub quiz.

October 2017


Lovely food and very nice friendly staff we were made to feel very welcome, even took part in the weekly quiz.

September 2017


Popped in here for a pint whilst staying nearby. Traditional pub with a nice sunny spot on the decking with a great view.

April 2017


Wild Artichoke
(2 miles)

Either at their pop ups across the South Hams or from their stylish HQ in Kingsbridge, Wild Artichoke never fails to deliver delicious, unusual food in an informal family style setting. Plates of food are shared between groups on large tables, the wine and conversation flows and nobody goes home hungry.  Check their website for dates and how to book, also available to cater special events at your holiday cottage.  

Wild Artichoke Unit 1, Centurion Works, Lower Union Road, Kingsbridge, TQ7 1EF

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The Seven Stars
(2 miles)

A popular all-rounder in the heart of Kingsbridge serving coffee and cakes, bar snacks, light lunches and evening meals in contemporary surroundings.  The menu is modern British with an emphasis on high quality, fresh local ingredients.  Plenty of parking and outdoor seating.  

The Seven Stars Mill Street, Kingsbridge TQ7 1ED (T: 01548 852331)

 

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Started using this in 2005. Was the place and getting a seat was very difficult. Personally think it has priced itself out of the market. No problems in finding a table nowadays. Pints are always short and the landlady/owner is not too pleased when you ask to be " topped up". I was told she had to watch her spillages but this is not my problem. At £4.20 a pint! I expect a pint!

September 2018


Excellent

July 2018


Good service

June 2018


we are very disapponted in The Seven Stars. The service was appalling, very long waiting time. We understand that during holiday season one has to wait long but this was due to the attitude of the waitress. We visited this attraction two times and after the second time we decided never to go there again. I ordered a grilled plaice and the fish was just not cooked. I told the waitress that I wanted the fish very well done and she snapped at me that the fish was well done. I couldn't eat it and sent it back. I still had to pay seventeen pounds for an uncooked fish and the the plate was taken away I mentioned this to the waiter. He just hummed and walked away without even apologizing. They were just not interested. Although the first time we ate there was not terible and the starter was good food I would certainly not recommend this attraction. The toilet was filthy as well.

August 2017


Nice pub. Food was ok. Friendly staff and reasonable prices

April 2017


Best pub food in Kingsbridge and very friendly.... good outside sitting area

November 2016


The Crabshell Inn
(2 miles)

This is a great spot to enjoy a meal or drink of two if you’re in the area, with plenty of outdoor seating taking full advantage of the glorious views over the estuary.  The acclaimed menu is made up of gourmet pizzas, burgers, seafood and lots more including kids options; and the bar has a great atmosphere in the evenings with live music most Fridays. 

The Crabshell Inn The Quay, Embankment Road, Kingsbridge TQ7 1JZ (T: 01548 852345)

 

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Good if you like pizza. On the expensive side compared with other venues

September 2018


Amazing fish platter! Loved this place so much we went twice, second time we had mussels which again were amazing

August 2018


Rubbish customer service! Rang on 2 weekend days and 2 week days. Too busy Friday and Saturday “wouldn’t even bother coming in to wait”was the comment when we telephoned each time to book for 4 on any evening. On one of the weekdays, “I’d struggle to get you even pizzas later”; on the other, “We’re not fully booked but we’re busy so can’t book you in”! Absolutely rubbish! If I could press zero stars, I would!!!

August 2018


tried to book for the Friday night but was told it was fully booked but still come along as walk in customers, we did and got a table about 20 mins later, nightmare trying to get a drink at the bar whilst waiting for the table. The chicken burger was the best. The place is very busy and a lovely atmosphere, would go there again

July 2018


Lovely location but food a bit chaotic! When we visited they had run out of several menu options but didn’t tell us when we were given the menus. Also, when one of the dishes we had ordered arrived it wasn’t as described on the menu but no explanation or apology was given. Expensive for what it was.

July 2018


Lovely place on the waterfront, good food and drinks.

July 2018


Excellent service inside because outside was, as always full, even with an England match on. Food was really good and we had a thoroughly enjoyable evening. We will return next year.

July 2018


Good food, great atmosphere with views over estuary. Very good selection of Gluten free food.

June 2018


Great food. Perfect to sit outside on a summer day

June 2018


Lovely cuppa before and after paddle boarding with Waterborn which is situated next door. Excellent waterfront location and friendly staff.

May 2018


A nice meal here. Great staff and quality food.

March 2018


Fab food and friendly staff

October 2017


Great place. We only stopped for coffee and take out from the Deli but worth a visit. Staff were very friendly and it's very dog friendly.

September 2017


We had a fantastic meal here during a paddle boarding weekend and we were definitely not disappointed. The scallops were cooked to perfection. The place has a great atmosphere as well as great food. We booked in advance which was probably a good idea as it was very busy.

September 2017


Lovely food and staff were very nice and helpful would go again.

September 2017


Lovely food and great atmosphere

May 2017


Loved the pizzas and watching paddle boarders go by.

December 2016


Love this place. Great spot on the estuary, good selection of local ales and decent food too.

December 2016


The Creeks End
(2 miles)

Centrally located this is a good choice for lunch, coffee or a cream tea while shopping in Kingsbridge or for a few drinks in the evening.  Sit outside in the summer or enjoy the friendly bar inside, and choose from an extensive menu including children’s options.

The Creeks End Inn Squares Quay, Kingsbridge TQ7 1HZ (T: 01548 853434)

 

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Very friendly and reasonably priced good variety of ales and extensive menu

September 2018


Welcoming

June 2018


Good service & lovely food. Spectacular location

May 2018


had a nice evening meal in here, although a tad expensive we thought.

May 2018


Marvellous place to eat whatever time of day you choose to dine. We visited a number of times and the food was consistently excellent at reasonable prices.

May 2018


A couple of lovely evening meals here, very good menu and friendly helpful service. My husband said the local ale was super!! We shall be back next time we visit Kingsbridge. February 2018

March 2018


Good food and drinks in a friendly atmosphere

October 2017


Had Sunday lunch here. Staff very friendly & helpful & food was excellent.

June 2017


A perfect location close to our property.Friendly staff providing a 1st class service-both food and drink very good

June 2017


Love this place, friendly and good beer/food Sorry we missed Easter music nights

April 2017


popped in for a carvery, really good value and nice food. Very welcoming

February 2017


Friendly pub, good selection of pub grub and reasonably priced. Ended up having a few family meals here whilst spending a week in Kingsbridge

December 2016


South Milton Sands

South Milton Sands
(3 miles)

A long stretch of sand broken only by the South Milton Ley freshwater reed bed, South Milton Sands is a dramatic beach that’s exposed to the elements, making it something of a chameleon throughout the year. Rugged in its beauty, there’s nothing quite like watching the sun set at this beach behind an iconic rock archway in the water; it really is spectacular, particularly if you do so over dinner in the summer months from The Beach Café, a small but perfectly formed restaurant and café that’s perched just above the sand. If you want a table inside then you really do have to book this one, but if the weather is fine then eating outside is a joy. The beach is sandy and popular on windy days with kite surfers and windsurfers, but in calmer weather is perfect for a summer swim. Dogs are welcome at South Milton throughout the year, there’s a National Trust car park by the beach which costs from £5 for the day, £3 after 4pm or is free for National Trust members. There are also toilets nearby. It’s also worth knowing that in the summer months lifeguards are in situ from 6th July until 8th September, keeping everyone safe in the sun, sea and sand. When the weather is less conducive to sitting and admiring the view, South Milton is perfectly placed for a stroll along the coast path either towards Hope Cove and around towards Salcombe if you fancy making a day of it, or in the opposite direction you can walk towards Bantham and Bigbury on Sea. It’s a wonderful place to explore and watch Devon’s wildlife in all its glory.

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Excellent beach, well maintained and dogs allowed all year round. Great range of activities to enjoy from swimming, snorkelling, SUP, kite surfing, kayaking and scrambling when the tide is out. Loved it and will return

June 2018


Amazin beach - especially when the tide goes out and all the rock pools come out to play!!! Shame about the coarse 'sand', but that can't be helped; just get some shingle shoes. If you want sand go to North Sands or Bantham!

August 2017


A glorious beach! Dog friendly, sandy, rock pools at the far end. Parking handy, spectacular views - the stone arch beats Durdle Door in my mind..... Delightful. Loved it.

July 2017


Fabulous dog friendly beach with amazing views

June 2017


Beautiful.

May 2017


Fantastic sandy beach for everything, rock pools, building sandcastles body boarding.

April 2017


Sunny Cove

Sunny Cove
(3 miles)

Accessed either by boat, via a 10-minute walk through the woods from parking at Mill Bay, or a stroll from the Salcombe to East Portlemouth Ferry, Sunny Cove is a sandy beach which, as you might expect, catches the sun throughout the day, weather pending. It’s on the East Portlemouth side of the Salcombe Estuary opposite North Sands beach and Fort Charles, the ruined fortification that was originally constructed during the reign of Henry VIII to defend the Kingsbridge Estuary against French and Spanish Pirates. It’s a relatively gentle spot for swimming and ideal for picnics, lazy summer afternoons, and reaching on kayaks and paddle boards from other nearby beaches as well as being the perfect spot for building sandcastles. That said, the tide can come in quite quickly so make sure you don’t get caught out and be careful of the swell when bringing boats into the beach. Head there for the day in the summer or as a stop off en route to the café at Gara Rock or a longer walk along the coast path towards Prawle Point. Dogs are welcome all year round but keep in mind that there aren’t any facilities in the immediate vicinity (it would be a 10-15-minute walk along wooded footpaths) so take your sandwiches with you!

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Best reached by direct boat access but easy enough walk from ferry or mill bay car park. Our favourite beach.

August 2018


Leas Foot Sands

Leas Foot Sands
(3 miles)

A small sandy beach belonging to Thurlestone Golf Club, those who have been on regular Devon weekend breaks and holidays will have seen this beach change somewhat in recent years thanks to storm damage, but the evolving landscape merely adds to its charm. A 200-metre walk down a paved path from the golf club and its car park and you find yourself heading down a gentle slope onto the sand, with the option of enjoying the beach in its own right or walking along the coast in either direction towards Bantham or South Milton Sands. Dogs are allowed here at any time, which of course adds to the appeal for walkers, and if you fancy stopping somewhere for lunch then Thurlestone village nearby is home to a charming pub that’s cryptically named The Village Inn, which is suitable for the whole family and wonderfully cosy in the winter months. Alternatively head to the Beachhouse café at South Milton for lunches and evenings meals with a view of the sunset, or cups of tea and brownies from the Gastrobus at Bantham. It is one of the area’s quieter beaches, often acting as a place to wander past rather than one to spend the whole day on, but given its easy access and the proximity of the car park, and the golf club, it’s a delightful little spot in which to while away the afternoon.

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This is possibly the best beach in the whole of England

July 2017


A very nice beach with quite a lot of sand at times. So easy to access, even managed to get both (octogenarian) parents to it and my mother in the sea for a paddle!

July 2017


North Sands

North Sands, Salcombe
(3 miles)

The first beach as you walk along the Cliff Road out of Salcombe, North Sands sits in a valley and is a sandy horseshoe shaped beach that’s expansive at low tide. Thanks to its shape and location, it’s extremely popular in the summer because there’s plenty of space to set up camp for the day with buckets, spades and fishing nets in tow for avid marine biologists and sand castle connoisseurs. The beach has a fresh water stream running through it from the top of the valley, which, aside from providing hours of entertainment for accompanying dogs and a marvellous place to wash the sand off your feet, also means that the beach is largely wet sand, so don’t forget to take something to sit on if you’re heading there for the day. Popular with swimmers, despite the chilly water, North Sands provides a wonderful view out of the mouth of the Salcombe estuary and into the deep blue yonder so, for keen photographers, it’s ideal. If the weather is right then it’s a favourite amongst body boarders or even surfers on choppier days, and it’s a great place to take the paddle boards and kayaks if you happen to have them. Dogs are allowed on the beach all year round, unlike many of the beaches in the area, there are toilets over the road and there’s a car park with charges from £1 throughout the year. The cherry on top of this beautiful location is The Winking Prawn café and restaurant that’s right next to the beach. Open all year round they serve everything from breakfast, lunch and dinner to coffee, tea and cake, and in the summer they provide a barbecue in the garden overlooking the sea. It is popular though so leave a little time to queue for that Salcombe Dairy honeycomb ice cream in the height of summer!

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Very nice beach for dog lovers and good café.

July 2018


Gorgeous, just stunning! Brilliant beach, fabulous cafe (Winking Prawn) and good priced car park! Love, love, love it!!

August 2017


Superb safe and stunningly picturesque

June 2017


Hope Cove

Hope Cove
(3 miles)

Hope Cove is the perfect name for this inspiringly beautiful little corner of the South Hams. Divided into two areas, Inner Hope and Outer Hope, both linked by a footpath and road, and each with their own respective beaches, Outer Hope is also home to the Hope and Anchor Pub and a collection of shops and cafes, while Inner Hope is a quieter more residential area. At Outer Hope you will find Mouthwell Sands, a sandy cove scattered with pebbles and backed by rocky cliffs with a slipway and steps from the road down to the beach. It’s a popular spot with surfers, despite being a fairly small beach, and watching the sunset from here is a beautiful way to spend the evening. There is a car park by the beach where charges apply so make sure you have cash on you as you arrive, and dogs are permitted out of season with restrictions applying from 1st May until 30th September. Meanwhile, Harbour Beach is a short stroll away and bridges the two villages of Inner and Outer Hope. It is a wide sandy beach that’s perfect for rock pooling and sand castle building, and there is a harbour wall that makes for spectacular crashing waves in the winter as well as a tempting spot from which to jump into the water in the summer at high tide. Just make sure you don’t jump in when the water is low as it’s too shallow. Harbour Beach is also an ideal spot from which to paddle board or kayak across the bay, with the really intrepid amongst us pottering all the way along the coast to Thurlestone and Burgh Island. Finally, at Inner Hope itself there is a small sandy beach that’s accessible down a slipway. This is home to the old lifeboat station and is a quiet spot that marks a juncture along the coast path from Bolberry. Speaking of which, you can walk either way along the coast from Hope Cove, either towards South Milton Sands, Thurlestone and Bantham, or towards Salcombe. If you are making a day of it then why not start at the Winking Prawn at North Sands and stop at Hope Cove for lunch?

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We can highly recommend the Cottage Hotel and the Lobster Pod. We had 2 amazing meals, really efficient, friendly service and reasonable pricing.

September 2018


Feel this once must visit cove has gone backwards. The "pods" on the slopes of the Cottage Hotel seem completely out of character.

September 2018


This is our favourite find in the South Hams. It’s beautiful. There is everything you need nearby; lovely pubs and afternoon tea, friendly locals and beautiful beaches.

August 2018


Beautiful place with a lovely beach and several places to eat. We would definitely go back.

August 2018


Been going for years even if busy still a lovely holiday feeling. Great to see no rubbish on the beach and facilities for people to pick up rubbish. Fascinating for children - fish, rock pools, jelly fish etc. endless fun. Crowded when the tide comes in though.

August 2018


Great Cove. Fab location. Unfortunately the one cove had a lot of seaweed washed in due to the windy and stormy weather over our first weekend, but that can't be helped. But it meant we only went to the beach there once.

August 2018


Lovely place to walk to, great places to eat

July 2018


Great beach’s and place with good views

July 2018


Great food and great location

July 2018


Inner Hope is the best part and the village is very nice with many thatched cottages. The Sun Bay Hotel is very good and does excellent cream teas on its balcony overlooking the sea.

July 2018


Visited 16/06/18 for a week with Toad Hall Cottages. Lovely quiet location with a fabulous beach nice shops, a good pub and some good restaurants

June 2018


Very busy during the bank holiday week but superb beaches which we very much enjoyed.

June 2018


Wonderful cove, my grandchildren absolutely loved playing on the beach - beautiful.

June 2018


Fascinating

May 2018


Great place if the weather good.

May 2018


Amazing!

January 2018


Love it. And it's a great base for this part of Devon. Excellent coastal/cliff walking.

October 2017


Well worth the walk along the coastal path,stunning views and 2 nice pubs for lunch

August 2017


Lovely location, beautiful beaches and some great places to eat!

August 2017


A really nice walk over the hill tops from Thurlestone, Hope Cove is pretty but a bit busier than other places we visited. Lovely views.

July 2017


Fantastic place

July 2017


Breathtaking views, very quiet village, very peaceful.

June 2017


A beautiful coastal village with two sandy beaches. The village centre has some pretty thatched cottages and there is a good choice of places to eat most with sea views. We ate most nights at the Hope and Anchor and they are dog friendly. We enjoyed walking along the coastal paths with fine views from both sides of the village. Hope Cove is a good base to explore South Devon with Salcombe, Kingsbridge and Totnes within easy reach.

May 2017


Friendly , beautiful - everything you could want in a holiday spot - didn't matter what the weather was like ,plenty to do and see .

May 2017


Lovely and well worth a visit.

May 2017


A really pretty place with all you need fir a relaxing holiday, beautiful views and lovely coast walks

April 2017


Beautiful coves and pretty cottages

April 2017


Absolutely love this place! Perfect for families, safe swimming and and lots of rock pools to explore. Our kids were down there every day. Can't wait to come back next year. Mrs Sutton

December 2016

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