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South Hams (South Devon)

Somewhere special all year round
Naturally protected from the Atlantic, the 342 square miles of the South Hams of South Devon enjoys one of the mildest climates in the whole of Britain. The name "Hamme" is an old English word meaning enclosed or sheltered place. This most southerly point of Devon ensures the very early arrival of Spring, with long summers, warm autumns and mild winters, so you can safely choose to visit at any time of year. The area is one of exceptional beauty and contrast - river estuaries, rolling hills and thatched cottages surround the lovely old towns and pretty villages that make up the South Hams.

The most popular activities are sailing, fishing, horse riding, golf, bird watching and of course walking. Miles of coastal path allow magnificent views over cliff tops, around sheltered coves and across sandy beaches. Explore Dartmoor with its strange landscape of bracken and heather, looming tors and ancient hut circles. There are organised coastal, countryside and Dartmoor walks and self guided trails throughout the area. Ask for the 'Out & About' brochure for ideas on exploring the area by boat, train, bus, bike or on foot.

The six towns in the South Hams have a character all their own and each is well worth exploring.

Dartmouth has narrow streets, long flights of steps, overhanging medieval houses and old quays - famous for the filming of the Onedin Line.
Totnes with closely packed Elizabethan houses which are now shops selling everything from handmade rainbow coloured shoes to local cheeses, cream and wines.
Kingsbridge, a busy market town since the 13th century. It has excellent shops, a 16th century market arcade and a lovely museum showing rural life in the South Hams.
Salcombe is one of the country's prettiest sailing and fishing harbours. It has a maze of winding streets crammed with restaurants, bistros, waterside inns and colourful shops.
Modbury is an elegant Georgian town with fascinating antiques and craft shops.
Ivybridge the gateway to Dartmoor and ancient mill town.



For more information contact:
South West Tourism - 0871 572 2521

Tourist Information Numbers

Dartmouth
Address: The Engine House
Mayor's Avenue
Dartmouth
Telephone Number: +44 (0) 1803 834224
South West Tourism 0871 716 2448

Kingsbridge
Address: The Quay
Kingsbridge
Telephone Number: +44 (0) 1548 853 195
South West Tourism 0871 716 2448

Salcombe
Address: Market Street
Salcombe
Telephone Number: +44 (0) 1548 843 927
South West Tourism 0871 716 2448

Totnes
Address: Coronation Road
Totnes
Telephone Number: +44 (0) 1803 863 168
South West Tourism 0871 716 2448

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