Day 6: Explore Kingsbridge to Salcombe...

Experience - North & South Coast of Devon

Day 6: Explore Kingsbridge to Salcombe...

After another excellent breakfast perhaps take a ‘tour’ west along the coast, in the direction of Plymouth?

The first major stop after a pleasant, mainly coastal route is Kingsbridge. Kingsbridge is a lovely, long established market town formed around a bridge which was originally built around the 10th century, linking two royal estates. Today’s town is the combination of two previous towns, Kingsbridge and Dodbrooke, which, over time, merged as the Kingsbridge side expanded to join and subsume its neighbour.

In the late 18th and 19th century the town produced large quantities of cloth and had notable shipping activity, shipbuilding, as well as tannery and a large monthly cattle market. Main exports were slate, corn, malt and cider. Happily Kingsbridge retains many 18th and 19th century features giving an interesting character to this country market town. Information from your holiday pack will pick out the interesting stops to help you explore.

Depending on your preference we can either point out a lovely coastal walk in the area or perhaps you would like to travel on to Salcombe to visit this popular sailing port? (If you aren’t sure what you’ll wish to do until the actual day, we’ll provide both)

Salcombe is a fascinating sailing destination, with its many packed cottages surrounding the waterfront with the larger old Captain or shipbuilding magnate’s properties rising up behind. The views of the estuary are spectacular and there are many clues to Salcombe’s significant ship building past, as you soak up the atmosphere of this charming coastal town.

Salcombe, as a place name, first appears in 1244, on the boundaries of nearby Batson and Portlemouth. However, there have been inhabitants here for as long as history allows as Stone Age settlements have been found on the cliff tops on either side of the estuary. Also, a Bronze Age shipwreck, one of only three known in the whole of the United Kingdom, has been found off Salcombe containing weapons and jewellery from across the channel, indicating trade as long as 3,500 years ago.

During the 19th century, Salcombe was a major shipping centre. The main cargo was fruit - orange and lemon from the Azores and pineapples from the West Indies and Bahamas. Coconuts, shaddocks (crisp, citrus fruit also known as Pomelo), rum, sugar and fine woods (ebony and maghagony) for ship furnishing also came in via the port. However in the 1870s, with the advent of steam, and outbreaks of orange and pineapple disease, Salcombe started to develop more towards shipbuilding, before, in more recent years, becoming the leisure sailing destination it is today.

Information in your holiday pack helps pick out clues to Salcombe’s varied past as you enjoy the nautical atmosphere of this longstanding sailing destination.

We can also arrange sailing boat hire and tuition, private charter, rib hire, sea kayaking (and sea kayaking tours), stand up paddle boarding, dinghy sailing, powerboat tuition, sailing experiences aboard a traditional wooden Salcombe Yawl, diving tuition, scuba taster-experiences, coasteering (for the most adventurous) as well as nearby surfing lessons….Alternatively simply let us help you enjoy the sights and sounds of this great maritime location.

When booking your holiday with Classic Escapes discuss your leisure interests with your dedicated holiday organiser.

Naturally we will pass on our lunch and evening meal recommendations, making reservations for you as appropriate. We keep up to date on where’s best!

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