Kingsbridge is located on the edge of South Devon and in the South Hams ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’. Once two medieval towns, it was formed as one by the Abbots of Buckfast Abbey, who passed the right to hold a weekly market so that the monks could sell their produce, which included cream and honey. Since then, the area has prospered in many trades, including ship building and rope-making. Today the town retains a unique character and traditional market town feel with plenty of craft shops and stalls found in the town’s streets.
The area can boast of many beautiful beaches, including the privately owned Bantham beach, which is a haven for surfers and nearby Bigbury-on-Sea, which leads on to the infamous Burgh Island; the place that inspired Agatha Christie to write Poirot. Kingsbridge Estuaries calm waters are a paradise for sailors, kayakers and canoe enthusiasts. Along the banks of the river are some of the most stunning beaches in the region that are a perfect place to relax during the summer months and a great location for a spot of fishing.
A favoured destination for seasoned walkers, Kingsbridge was the first place in Devon to be awarded a ‘Walkers Are Welcome’ accreditation. The coastal areas surrounding Kingsbridge have some of the most popular walks on the 630 mile South West Coast Path. This part of Devon experiences one of the mildest climates in the whole of the country making Kingsbridge a popular holiday destination all year round.
Kingsbridge is located almost half way between two of the largest settlements in Devon, Plymouth and Torquay. Both are within easy reach of the town and have plenty more fantastic coastline to explore along with some of the best tourist attractions in the county. In Plymouth you’ll find the National Marine Aquarium and the most popular shopping location in the county, Drake Circus. You can explore historic caves at Kents Cavern or step into a miniature world at Babbacombe Model Village while visiting Torquay.
Kingsbridge Estuaries calm waters are a paradise for sailors, kayakers and canoe enthusiasts
It’s not only the major towns that are worth visiting while staying in Kingsbridge. The charming town of Salcombe is a luxurious town famed for the quality of its restaurants and cafés. Head to Dartmouth and start a river cruise along the River Dart to Totnes and then return to Dartmouth via steam train.
Dartmoor National Park is only 10 miles away from Kingsbridge and brings a further 730km of public footpaths to walk against the backdrop of the largest and wildest area of open country in Southern England. Dartmoor Zoological Park is spread across 33 acres of the National Park with the zoo housing animals including; tigers, lions, wolves, monkeys and many more.