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Views of Salcombe estuary and surrounding countryside [slideshow gallery_id=”10″]

Salcombe, regarded by many as one of the most beautiful harbour towns in Britain, is located at the most southerly tip of Devon on an estuary. Salcombe harbour is a safe haven for yachts and sailors. Indeed the town is renowned as a centre for sailing and boating enthusiasts.

Until a century ago, the people of Salcombe made their living from the estuary and sea by fishing and shipbuilding.

Looking down the estuary from the sea towards Salcombe town on the left bank

Looking down the estuary from the sea towards Salcombe town on the left bank

Today it is a tranquil small town nestling beside the estuary and is one of the wealthiest areas outside of London, attracting the rich and the famous. The estuary is home to a fleet of small fishing boats and the daily catch of crab, lobster and a variety of other fish is readily available in the town.

The area is a must for bird watchers with Kittiwakes amongst the many gulls to be observed.

Overbeck’s House at Salcombe

The Edwardian Overbeck’s house and gardens are worth visiting. The gardens are set high above the Salcombe estuary affording fabulous uninterrupted views. In the six acre gardens, there is a mix of rare and exotic species. Due to the warm micro climate, such exotics thrive. Expect to see figs, flax, banana and magnolia.

The population of Salcombe doubles in the summer season with the arrival of tourist and holiday makers as the town comes alive. Personally I much prefer the peace and tranquillity that is offered in the winter months.