Hope Cove

Hope, Devon, TQ7 3HF

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Nestled along the stunning coastline of South Devon, Hope Cove is a picturesque seaside village renowned for its breath taking beaches, dramatic cliffs, and relaxed atmosphere. Tucked away between Salcombe and Thurlestone, Hope Cove offers visitors a tranquil escape surrounded by natural beauty and coastal charm. Whether you're seeking outdoor adventures, family-friendly activities, or simply a place to unwind by the sea, Hope Cove welcomes you with open arms to experience the best of Devon's coastal delights.

History of Hope Cove

Hope Cove has a rich maritime history dating back centuries. Originally a fishing and smuggling village, Hope Cove thrived during the 18th and 19th centuries when its sheltered harbour provided refuge for fishing boats and merchant vessels. The village played a significant role in Devon's coastal trade, with its rugged coastline attracting sailors, fishermen, and adventurers. Today, remnants of Hope Cove's maritime past can still be seen in its historic buildings, traditional thatched cottages, and charming harbour area.

Things to Do in Hope Cove

Hope Cove offers a variety of activities to suit all interests and ages. Explore the golden sandy beaches of Inner Hope and Outer Hope (also known as Mouthwell Beach), perfect for swimming, sunbathing, and building sandcastles. Embark on coastal walks along the South West Coast Path towards South Milton and Thurlestone or in the opposite direction to Soar Mill Cove and Salcombe; each way offers panoramic views of the rugged cliffs and turquoise waters. Water sports enthusiasts can enjoy surfing, paddleboarding, kayaking, and snorkelling in the crystal-clear waters of the bay.

Events in Hope Cove

Throughout the year, Hope Cove hosts a range of events that celebrate its coastal heritage and vibrant community spirit. From summer festivals and wild running events to live music performances and art exhibitions, there's always something happening in Hope Cove to entertain locals and visitors alike. Hope Cove Weekend is usually help over the August Bank Holiday Weekend and brings people from far and wide to this quaint village. You can take part in a range of beach and water activities, enjoy live music and peruse craft and food stalls. The local bars also hosts a range of music and comedy events throughout the year.

Food & Drink in Hope Cove

For a small village, Hope Cove boasts a fantastic selection of cafes, restaurants, and traditional pubs serving delicious seafood dishes, locally sourced produce, and refreshing drinks. Enjoy freshly caught fish and chips overlooking the harbour, indulge in a fresh pint of craft beer, or sample homemade ice cream as you stroll through the village.

Something a Little Different

For a unique experience in Hope Cove, consider exploring the village's hidden coves and secret beaches accessible only by foot or kayak. Discover secluded spots where you can relax, unwind, and connect with nature away from the crowds.

Hope Cove offers a perfect blend of natural beauty, coastal charm, and laid-back ambiance, making it an idyllic destination for a seaside getaway in South Devon. Whether you're seeking adventure, relaxation, or simply a breath of fresh sea air, Hope Cove promises an unforgettable experience by the water's edge.



Map & Directions

Road Directions

From Kingsbridge, follow the road to West Alvington, Turn right onto Burleigh Lane and Continue onto Hope By-Pass. Please be aware that the roads are quite narrow at times. 



Public Transport Directions

The 162 Tally Ho bus Kingsbridge runs to and from Hope Cove three times a day. 

The closest train station is Totnes. From here catch the hourly 164 bus to Kingsbridge and then the 162. 




What's Nearby

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