The South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), as its name suggests, is not short of beautiful places to visit! Be it a town, village, beach or countryside view, there are a multitude of wonderful areas to explore which of course make great scenery for photographs too! Explore our top instagrammable places in the South Devon AONB below.

Start Point

Kicking off our most Insta-worthy places in the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is Start Point. Located on the incredible South Hams coastline, Start Point is a stunning area to enjoy a walk along the coast path and down to Start Point Lighthouse. Regardless of where you explore, we’re sure that you’re going to take a striking photo that would make a great addition to any Instagram feed. Find out more about the Start Point walk here

River Dart

Wending its way from Dartmoor National Park right down to the waterside town of Dartmouth, the River Dart is one of the main rivers in South Devon and is perfect for a whole host of activities. You could try your hand at kayaking or sailing, go wildlife watching as you enjoy a cruise from Dartmouth to Totnes or simply follow the waterline for a tranquil walk. One of our favourite spots to photograph along the River Dart is where the river bends quite dramatically within the gorgeous countryside; it’s near to the town of Ashprington and Sharpham Vineyard meaning you can even grab a glass of vino after your walk too! Explore more about the River Dart here.


Situated just a short drive away from the beautiful Dartmouth, Torcross is next to the popular beach of Slapton Sands. There’s plenty to see and do in the area with a Sherman tank memorial as well as Slapton Ley National Nature Reserve. It’s a popular location for budding photographers due to the vast array of scenery, and the wildlife within the nature reserve makes it ideal for those who enjoy snapping some shots of animals, however our favourite photography place is at the end of Torcross looking down the coastline with Slapton Ley also in view.

Bolt Tail

Hope Cove is a small village about 5 miles from the market town of Kingsbridge. Its main feature is its two beautiful beaches that lay side by side, Mouthwell Sands and the larger Harbour Beach. Both are a great mix of sandy and rocky expanses meaning they’re ideal for a beach day out and perfect for rockpooling. Although great photos can be had all around the village, our top pick is Bolt Tail, a headland that can be reached by walking from the village which then looks back to it providing a beautiful view of the beaches.   

Snapes Point

Snapes Point can be found on the Salcombe side of the Kingsbridge Estuary and offers superb views across Batson Creek over to Salcombe, East Portlemouth and towards Southpool Creek. A walk from Snapes Point National Trust Car Park brings you alongside the estuary with glimpses through the hedges and trees of Salcombe below, before it opens up and you begin to see the captivating scenery in all its glory. This has got to be one of our favourite places to photograph in the South Devon AONB due to its panoramic vistas and serene setting.

Five Mile Lane

Our next most instagrammable spot in the South Devon AONB is a quaint country lane called locally, Five Mile Lane, near East Allington and Slapton. There is a particular windswept tree on this lane that is simply perfect for a country lane shot to add to your Insta feed. If trees are your thing but you don’t fancy driving through the lanes to get to this one, Jawbone Hill in Dartmouth also has some pretty interesting trees to photograph with the magical backdrop of the River Dart.

Beesands Beach

Not far from Kingsbridge, Beesands Beach is a truly attractive beach perfect for a day out with the family or a long walk along the front before fish and chips; there are a couple of great eateries in the area for fish or something else! Like many of the places on this list, there are lots of photo opportunities to be had but our top pick which is popular on Instagram is a shot of one of the steps that lead down to the beach. Find out more about Beesands Beach by clicking here.

River Yealm

The River Yealm begins its life on Dartmoor before meandering down through the countryside before entering the incredible South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty by Yealmbridge near Yealmpton. As with most rivers in South Devon, it doesn’t come as a surprise that there are tons of inspiring places to snap a picture or two and plenty of amazing walks to enjoy alongside the water.

Prawle Point

The southernmost point in Devon, Prawle Point is a fantastic area to explore whilst you’re in South Devon. Whether you’re looking to do a longer challenging coastal walk or a briefer Sunday amble to the Lookout Station and Coastwatch Visitor Centre, you’ll discover unparalleled views of the South Hams coastline. Following the South West Coast Path on the western side of Prawle Point will bring you around to Maceley Cove where you can gaze down the cliff faces to the turquoise waters below. Further information about Prawle Point is available here

Wembury Beach

One of the most popular beaches in South Devon for rockpooling, Wembury Beach is renowned for its craggy rocks and vast marine life. It is these rockpools, pointed rocks that jut out of the sand and the Great Mewstone that make this family beach also a hotspot for budding photographers, we recommend visiting at sunrise or sunset to capture a really magical and atmospheric photo for your social media feed. Find out more about Wembury Beach by clicking here

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