Saltrock's Family Favourite Places to Visit in South Devon

South Devon - home to some of our favourite coastal towns, countryside and beaches and a great staycation location! Here are some of our favourite places to visit with the family while you're nearby! 


Just a stone’s throw from our Brixham store, Churston Cove is a beautiful hidden cove surrounded by cliffs. The cove can be accessed via a footpath through some beautiful woodland and is dog friendly all year round. The beach is a mixture of sand and shingle, and the shallow water is amazingly clean and clear - perfect for paddling. Ideal for relaxing after a few days of exhilarating watersports. This is certainly one of the Saltrock team’s favourite beaches in the English Riviera!


The popular South Devon Railway is the longest steam railway in the south west, running for 7 miles through the picturesque Dart Valley. Journeys run from Buckfastleigh to Totnes and back stopping at Staverton along the way. Trains can either be joined at Buckfastleigh where you’ll find the Buckfast Butterflies & Dartmoor Otter Sanctuary and the Railway Museum, or you can join at the Totnes end where you’ll find Totnes Rare Breeds Farm. Along the journey you’ll get the opportunity to see beautiful unspoilt countryside and spot local wildlife including kingfishers, otters and dippers. The railway also put on a number of special events including themed luxury dining experiences and days out with Thomas The Tank Engine. No matter what the weather this is a great attraction to visit with all the family.


If the weather is nice, Burrator Reservoir on the edge of Dartmoor National Park, with its flat and easy going terrain, makes a lovely family walk or cycle. There are 2 circular walks both around 3.5 miles long that take you around the reservoir. The reservoir is surrounded by beautiful woodland where your little ones can climb trees and build dens. There are also a number of waterfalls and lots of local birds to spot. You can find parking at the Quarry car park, Norsworthy Bridge and the Dam which are all visited by the ice-cream van. If you prefer to cycle, the National Cycle Route 27 runs close to Burrator Reservoir. Leaflets that include maps of the reservoir and details about its history can be found at the Burrator Discovery Centre.


If you’re looking to spot some of Devon’s spectacular wildlife while you’re here, Berry Head National Nature Reserve is the place to go. You’ll have the opportunity to sight falcons, dolphins, whales, porpoises, adders and an array of other animals native to this part of the world. The Countryside Trust’s website has lots of information on the flora and fauna you will find here. The reserve also has a visitor centre, open everyday from Easter to October, where you can find out about Berry Head’s 400 million year history!


Hope Cove is a small fishing village just 5 miles from Salcombe. Here you’ll find picturesque thatched cottages overlooking dazzling turquoise water and two large, clean sandy beaches perfect for rockpooling and swimming. As with many blue flag beaches, there is a ban on dogs from May to September. Within the village itself there are several shops and places to eat including The Hope and Anchor which serves up excellent seafood and other locally sourced produce.


If you’re interested in birds of prey then the Devon Bird Of Prey Centre is a once in a lifetime experience! The centre provides a selection of experiences to suit all budgets including a half or full day where you’ll meet some of the world’s most spectacular birds. During your experience you’ll get to learn the personalities of the birds and also handle and fly the birds yourself. With something to suit all budgets it’s a wonderful treat for the whole family.


Want a classic seaside holiday spent on the beach? Head down to Bantham to spend the day building sandcastles and paddling in the sea with the kids. It's part of the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty as well as having won multiple Marine Conservation and Society and Blue Flag awards, so you can be sure it's safe and clean. While you're there, make sure you take a trip to Burgh Island! A small tidal island just off the beach, you can take a trip on a sea tractor at high tide to explore!


Living Coasts is the perfect family day out, come rain or shine! Spend the morning playing with the penguins, and meeting otters, seals and more, and then head indoors to learn more! Whether the kids want to learn all about marine life and animals through the displays, and crawl under the tank to see what their favourite animals look like from below, or they want to let loose and play in the children's area, there's something for everyone!

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