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

Stand Up Paddle Boarding- 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. Opt for a lesson, an adventure or a harbour tour with prices starting at £22.50 for an hour. 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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Thank you Crispin for a fab family lesson introducing us and our 3 girls to paddle boarding

May 2017



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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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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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


Very professional

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



The Art Cafe

The Art Café
(2 miles)

On Fore Street in Kingsbridge, The Art Café is one of those joyous places where children and adults can enjoy visiting thanks to good coffee, good cake, toasted sandwiches and tea cakes alongside a welcoming, peaceful environment. Here you can paint ceramics to your heart’s content. Open from 10am-5pm daily, they offer pottery parties and takeaway ceramic painting if you want to take the experience home to your South Devon holiday cottage. Prices vary according to what you paint and staff are wonderfully helpful. It’s the perfect place to visit on a rainy day with the kids (they happen occasionally), or for a little peace and quiet after a long day outdoors.

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Great place for kids and adults on a rainy day

December 2016


Really good place to visit (especially if weather isnt great) that'll keep kids happy for a few hours. Be warned that whatever you make will need firing in the kiln, so will be a day or two until picking it back up usually!

December 2016




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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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



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

November 2016


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

April 2017


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



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

December 2016


Loved the pizzas and watching paddle boarders go by.

December 2016


Lovely food and great atmosphere

May 2017



La Famiglia
(2 miles)

A family friendly, good value Italian restaurant in the centre of Kingsbridge where enthusiastic staff serve tasty pizza and pasta dishes along with other favourites. 

La Famiglia 9 Mill Street , Kingsbridge (T: 01548 288230)

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Had a nice meal here during out visit to Kingsbridge. The food was cheap and cheerful. Good selection of drinks. The staff were helpful and the waitress, who was quite new I think, was very sweet and quick to attend to our needs. We wish them well with the new venture! The Abbott Family

April 2017



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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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


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

February 2017


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

April 2017


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

June 2017


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

June 2017



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

April 2017


Beautiful.

May 2017


Fabulous dog friendly beach with amazing views

June 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



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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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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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


This is possibly the best beach in the whole of England

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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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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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


Beautiful coves and pretty cottages

April 2017


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

April 2017


Lovely and well worth a visit.

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


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


Breathtaking views, very quiet village, very peaceful.

June 2017


Fantastic place

July 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


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

August 2017


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