If you love the hustle and bustle of a traditional English market town, you’ll love Kingsbridge. Situated in the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Kingsbridge sits on its own estuary and is surrounded by lush, green rolling countryside, making it perennially popular for walking and sailing. The town attracts a lot of tourism yet manages to keep a tranquil charm and friendly atmosphere.
The town takes its name from an ancient bridge built to link two royal estates – Alvington and Chillington, and by 1219 was a market town. By the 18th Century milling was a major source of revenue for the town, and throughout the 19th Century Kingsbridge had an active coastal shipping trade, with thriving shipbuilding and tanning industries.
Things to do
From surfing to vineyards, there’s lots to see and do in the Kingsbridge area. The estuary provides plenty of opportunities if you’re a water sports enthusiast, while the town has a thriving arts and crafts community for the more laid back visitor. Coast or countryside, Kingsbridge has a choice of scenic walking and hiking routes suitable for every level of ability. The Kingsbridge Farmers market offers you the chance to sample an amazing range of fresh vegetables, local meats and fresh fish on the first and third Saturdays of every month. Make sure you also check out the Rivermaid Ferry, offering a ferry service between Kingsbridge & Salcombe plus boat trips from the town in the Summer.
Something a little different
If you really want to experience the Kingsbridge local atmosphere then why not head over to the Kingsbridge Farmers' Market in Towns Square? Seasonal vegetables and fruit are on offer along with freshly baked delicacies, cheeses, smoked goods, chillies, chocolates and hampers filled with local produce.