With a strong rural and maritime heritage the South Hams is noted for its quality local food, culture and scenic landscape The South Hams is a region of rural and coastal Devon much of which is designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, stretching as far as the edges of Dartmoor National Park and featuring one of the most beautiful stretches of coastline in the UK which spans between Torbay and Plymouth.
The South Hams has a long history stretching back to Anglo Saxon times, when the area was a feudal estate. Since medieval times many of the villages were centred around the production of wool, and the local ports thrived on the export of local products. The strategic position of many coastal towns has meant that the Royal Navy has been a dominant presence throughout the centuries and still plays a major role in the economy and character of the region today.
Things to do
If you love the outdoors, you’ll love The South Hams. It’s a wonderful outdoor environment, with rivers, moor land, coasts and the sea offering visitors a range of activities including canoeing, walking and sailing. Heritage fans will love local attractions such as Totnes Castle and The South Devon Railway and a range of arts and food festivals keeps culture-vultures happy throughout the year. For the nautically inclined the coast has a big tradition of sailing regattas and arts events.
Food and drink
The West Country is one of the most important producers of food and drink in the UK, noted for its quality and traditional methods. Here you’ll be treated to some of the best fine dining using locally made produce. For seafood, towns such as Dartmouth and Salcombe boast award-winning restaurants, while inland gastro pubs serve excellent home cooked fare.
South Hams has many wonderful towns and villages waiting to be explored, below you’ll find a list to help you decided where to start.
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If you love the hustle and bustle of a traditional English market town, you’ll love Kingsbridge. Situated in the South Devon...
A tiny village 8 miles northeast of Plymouth, on the fringe of Dartmoor. No through routes make for a quiet environment. Close to Cadover Bridge, a popular picnic spot, with easy access to the moor. Daramatic clay workings to the east of the village
A delightful moorland village in the Dartmoor National Park with an active farm and farm shop (Holne Court) and tea shop for tired walkers. Perfect stop off point for Two Moors Way. Fishing and walking on the river Dart, crossed by two medieval bridg
At the western side of the Stokenham Parish is the settlement of Chillington the largest of the settlements within the parish. It is a long 'ribbon' developed village stretching from Stokenham along the A379 to the western edge of the parish. Most
Barely more than a few quaint cottages, a pub and an old church and rectory, Ringmore is the ultimate peace and quiet destination. Accommodation is available at the Old Castle (in reality the rectory) and in a few scattered farms. Easy access to the
A few houses, a pub, a ferry across the Avon and a huge sandy beach with clean (MCS award), lifeguard-monitored bathing make up Bantham. It is the place wind and kite surfers aim for in south devon. There is public access although privately owned, an
In the South Hams of Devon and dating back to Saxon times, Stokenham in the parish of the same name is one of seven settlements in an area of outstanding natural beauty. Of some 15 square miles and with approximately 7 miles of coast line.
An interesting village with a large open space in front of the church. Originally a market area, it is now put to regular use for community events. Views from Ugborough Beacon, just over the A38 from the village, are among the best in South Devon. Th
Wembury is situated wholly within the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the Plymouth Sound and Estuaries candidate Special Area of Conservation. Offshore is sited the Wembury Voluntary Marine Conservation Area...
Torcross and Slapton
Think sun, sea and miles of clean sand and you’re thinking Slapton. This beach lover’s paradise is situated between Dartmouth and Kingsbridge on the South Devon Coast – an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Whether you visit Slapton for...
Working village near Totnes set on the Harbourne - a tributary of the Dart. Woolen and edge tool mills survived here until the 1950's. There is a church, pubs and local shops.
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If you’re looking for a holiday that combines history, alternative therapies and breathtakingly beautiful countryside, you’ll find it in Totnes....
A delightful village set at the head of a creek on the Dart Estuary. Huge ancient yew trees in the churchyard, old orchard, mill pond and yearly wassailing ceremony - you can't get much more traditional than this. Popular with boating enthusiasts be
Attractive, well kept village on the fringe of Dartmoor, just off the A38. Remains of watermills and a windmill (on the moor). Interesting church, pubs and local shops. Bronze age remains on Dartmoor.
Vibrant, lively and with a touch of mystery surrounding it, you’ll discover that Buckfastleigh is one of the most diverse towns in South Devon. The town is dominated by the Benedictine Buckfast Abbey and is a mix of ancient and modern attractions...
Blackawton is a pretty village situated in the South Hams between Totnes and Dartmouth.
Many will drive through the village en route to Dartmouth, but few will stop. This village is well worth a stop with it's South Devon charm and friendly...
Somewhat overshadowed by its illustrious neighbour Dartmouth, Kingswear has nevertheless a charm and character all of its own. The Paignton and Dartmouth Steam Railway terminates here (you must get the ferry to Dartmouth), and it has its own castle s
Dartington village is usually identified with its world famous College, which is a leading centre of new ideas in all the arts and social sciences. Also at Dartington is the Cider Press Crafts Centre. Dartington Hall, the home of the College, is a wo
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You have to go a long way to find a town as pretty as Dartmouth. Overlooking one of the finest natural harbours in the UK, Dartmouth...
Small village dominated by the castle of the same name. Ghosts are the stock in trade of Berry Pomeroy castle (English Heritage). In the event of serious scares, the village has a church in which to seek refuge.