The location of attractions is intended only as a guide. Distances are 'as the crow flies'.
Located in the small village of Beesands where you will find a mile long shingle beach backed by grassland and a fresh water lake, the Cricket Inn is a welcoming meeting place for tourists as well as residents. The Inn has a wide selection of traditional ales and fine wines and the food has a great reputation.
Great food and friendly service. Always busy so best to book. Lovely location and views of the sea as you dine in or sit outside for a drink. Dogs are welcome too which makes life easier for dog owners. We ate at The Cricket Inn 4 nights out of our 7 night holiday and enjoyed their varied menu.
The Cricket Inn, Beesands
Open all day; practically on the beach; plenty of parking; food delicious - fresh fish and seafood and local meat too; staff really friendly and helpful.
- Dr P Frost
The mile-long Beesands Beach in South Devon affords beautiful views of Start Bay. A base for many popular walks, the shingle beach is backed by a freshwater lake and is surrounded by lush, rolling countryside. Offering all sorts of facilities, including a cafe, restaurant and toilets, Beesands Beach is a lovely destination for people of all ages, whether you are looking to spend just a few hours or a few days relaxing on its shores.
A walk along the coastal path taking in lovely sea views, green lanes and fields. You'll stroll past the "village that fell into the sea" which is certainly a talking point.Take a look at the southwestcoastpath.org.uk website for further details.
Long the favoured destination for yachties, Salcombe is in an exquisite location surrounded by sheltered water and a string of tiny, sandy bays. There is a distinctly upmarket feel to the town itself; boutique shops and chic cafes and restaurants abound throughout Salcombe’s quaint streets. Activities revolve around the wind and waves; sailing is the number one sport here and there is plenty of opportunity for lessons for the beginner or boat hire for the more experienced. For much of the year (March to October) you can also leave the car behind and use the South Sands Ferry.
Salcombe is located in the most southerly part of Devon.
Because of the narrow streets and the priority given to pedestrians, a park and ride scheme operates during the summer from the outskirts of Salcombe. Plently of shops, galleries and cafes/restaurants for relaxing with a cuppa. Sit by the marina to end off a perfect day. Visit Overbeck's a National Trust Gardens, and enjoy the views over the Salcombe Estuary from the house and garden. There are 2 lovely beaches in Salcombe, South Sands & North Sands.
Bantham Beach is set within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and has numerous awards tucked under its sandy belt. Overlooking Bigbury Bay and Burgh Island, you can take the famous sea tractor and head to the island or sit and enjoy the views from the shore. A great surfing beach, the huge swathes of sand and sea allow plenty of space for everyone. Well-provisioned and life guarded in the summer, Bantham is a fantastic family-friendly beach.
Privately owned beach open to the public. A truly beautiful beach. Wide sands, surfing and wind-surfing, rock pools and a delightfully gentle introduction to the South West Coast Path with views over Burgh Island. No dogs allowed during the summer months. Charge made for car parking.
Great family fun beach
Lovely beach with little coves to hide away in, rock pools and lovely clean sandcastle sand; wide enough for kite buggies, best surfing beach on the south coast along with Bigbury on Sea beach opposite. Burgh Island out to sea with its restored evocative 1930's hotel clinging to the edge was the inspiration for Enid Blyton's Kirrin Island as well as a number of Agatha Christie novels! Dogs allowed on the beach Oct- April and then along the far right hand side (west) during the remainder of the year. Beach balls and skimboards etc plus coffees and teas available from the post office cafe back in the village- great estuary view while sipping away on the deck out back. Lunch or supper in the Sloop pub- best to pre book in season
Savour the wholesome food cooked here using local ingredients, seafood is a favourite, whilst keeping an eye on the wildlife that visits the creek.
A Wonderful Fish Dish in the Sunshine
We called in to the Millbrook for lunch on the last day of our stay at Garden Cottage and regretted that we hadn't tried it sooner. We sat in the small outside seating area and ordered the fish of the day which in this case was plaice. It was light, beautifully cooked and absolutely exquisite. The best fish dish that I can remember. It is quite expensive and doesn't do traditional 'fish and chips' but if you want excellently prepared food in a small and friendly environment, make your way to the Millbrook.
Agatha Christie's holiday home nestles on a crook of the River Dart in a beautiful woodland garden that is home to such horticultural treasures as Monterey pines, eucalyptus, China roses, myrtle and Turkey oaks. For a magical experience that's also kind to the environment, travel there by boat. 'Green ways' ferries leave from Dartmouth, Brixham and Torquay. Following a major restoration project, The National Trust has re-opened the house to the public, where quirky collections of memorabillia offer a glimpse into the private life of the well-loved crime writer. For house opening times and an events list, please visit the Web site.
The journey to the house by way of the National Trust ferry was enjoyable as was the walk back to Dartmouth along the Dart Valley Trail and ferry (higher or lower will do, the former is cheaper). Unfortunately the house itself was a little disappointing with an over cluttered interior that did not really tell any particular story. There were bits and pieces of interest but overall it seemed as though everything from different times and sources was put in that could be which detracted. The entry to the house is timed but we still felt that it was over-crowded and NT should consider making the house visits guided only. The walled gardens were good with a beautifully restored peach house providing a highlight.
Well worth a visit to this house, an effort to get there as you can't go by car unless you pre-book. It was a nice ride there in the boat but you would need good weather. Lovely spring flowers in the grounds. Cafe/restaurant disappointing as there were no main meal available.
Enjoyed by All
A lovely house in beautiful surroundings on the banks of the River Dart. Good to see the interiors haven't been messed around with and still look as if Agatha and her family have just popped out for a minute. I can see why she loved it so much and the gardens are a delight. Thoroughly enjoyed by all - including a 22 year old male! Well worth a visit but, if arriving by car, don't forget to pre-book a parking space.
A lovely boat ride from Dartmouth, but overall the house was disappointing. A hotch potch interior and hard to believe it was inhabited up until 2004. All furniture pre-dates the turn of the last century. The children did enjoy completing their quiz sheets 'can you find' and I can really recommend the pasties in the coffee takeaway shop (not the main cafe).
An inspirational place!
This beautiful house set in wonderful surrounding is well worth a visit. It is easy to see why Agatha Christie loved this place and penned a number of her novels here. The surrounding woodlands with views of the River Dart are superb. You can take a ferry from Dartmouth to get to Greenway but we chose to take the foot ferry from Dittisham (another charming little place). I would highly recommend a visit to this lovely area.
Visiting Greenway is a lovely way to spend the day, they also have occasional events so it is worth having a look before you go to see if any take your fancy. If you like gardens, I would recommend visiting Greenway as I thoroughly enjoyed it.
'The Loveliest Place in the World'
Agatha Christie was right to call this the 'loveliest place in the world'. Arriving by ferry is really the best way to see it. A stroll in the pretty woodland gardens followed by some delicious homemade food in the Barn Cafe, rounded off with the return trip on the ferry makes for a thoroughly enjoyable day out.
Comprised of Fishermans Cove, Smalls Cove and Mill Bay, East Portlemouth's beaches offer lots of choice. Found in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the beaches are a 40 minute drive from Salcombe and often tend to be quiet and uncrowded. With clear waters lapping a gently sloping shore, it will be hard to resist a summer dip. Great for families and visitors of all ages, East Portlemouth Beaches provide a welcome retreat from the rhythm of everyday life.
Great place to sit and watch the coming and goings of the boats and ferries. It catches the evening sun so a lovely end to the day if the tides permit
Lovely safe beach with best views of Salcombe! Constant stream running down one side- generations of children have dammed this stream- we often meet Granny and Grandpas with their grandchildren- and they remember doing the same with their grandparents!! Can beach dinghies and sailing boats or anchor RIB's offshore. NT carpark (with loo's) best visited before 10am to get a space or parking further back on road side. Best activity after stream damming is strolling northwards along the foreshore in the surf from Mill Bay up to the Venus cafe at East Portlemouth beach for an ice cream or cake and tea and then ambling back- or catching the foot passenger ferry over to Salcombe to peer in the trendy shops.
Just around the corner from Dartmouth, Blackpool Sands is known for its clear waters. Backed by heavily wooded cliffs, this crescent-shaped beach is one of the prettiest in the area and being privately managed means it is clean with good facilities.
A Great Beach
A beautiful privately managed beach with an excellent cafe. The beach is shingle with 2 sand pits for children (or adults) to make sand castles.
A great cafe
A beautiful, well protected beach with a great cafe. Not a sand beach and forget the surf boards because it shelves steeply.
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