On the southern edge of Dartmoor National Park and with a stunning coastline, the South Hams is a versatile holiday destination with visitors all year around. The South Hams has over 30 beaches in the area, stretching along the South Devon coastline between Plymouth and Dartmouth. With beaches like Soar Mill and Hope Cove in the area you will have plenty of beaches to stroll along or relax on.
If you are a keen walker, the South Hams has plenty to offer. With stunning walks along the coast, via the South West Coastal Path or for a more peaceful walk head over to Torcross and walk across Slapton Sands; a tranquil walk beside Slapton Ley, the largest freshwater lake in the South West, being one and a half miles long.
To the west of South Hams you have Plymouth, perfect for a shopping trip with family and friends. With a large range of shops available from small market stalls inside the Pannier Market to larger designer stores like Coast or Jane Norman in Drake Circus shopping centre, you won’t come home empty handed.
To the east you have the River Dart. The river has three ferry services running across it, the Lower Ferry, the Higher Ferry and the Passenger Ferry. The Lower and Higher Ferries run from Dartmouth to Kingswear. These are simply a floating platform, which are pulled across the river using a tug at different points along the river; running regularly throughout the day, these are perfect for day tripping across the river. The Passenger Ferry also runs from Dartmouth to Kingswear but joins the Dartmouth Steam Railway to the Kingswear Railway Station.
With its position on the south coast the Royal Navy has played a large part in the history of the South Hams. A strong nautical character still runs deep in the area and you can still see the presence of the Navy in the region today.
The South West is well known for its quality food and drink and the South Hams is no exception. Local fishing towns like Salcombe and Dartmouth provide freshly caught fish on a daily basis and restaurants are known for sourcing their ingredients locally to provide the best eating experience for all who visit.
The area boasts a variety of historical and cultural attractions to see and do. From Totnes Castle to The South Devon Railway, to an array of arts festivals to nautical rowing events, there are always things to be seen throughout the year.
The South Hams has over 30 beaches in the area, stretching along the South Devon coastline between Plymouth and Dartmouth
With a selection of different properties to stay in during a South Hams holiday you will always find something to suit. From coastal cottages to town based hotels, you have plenty of options to choose from during your Devon holiday.