Hope Cove, Kingsbridge, Devon
For people of a certain age, a visit to Hope Cove will be like a trip down memory lane to some extent; this former fishing village has it all – the picturesque setting, two sandy beaches, fresh coastal air and a backdrop of the green hills of South Devon AONB. A few decades ago it was still relatively unspoilt, even in high summer, but more recently, a lot of people have cottoned on to the beauty of Hope Cove and a lot of the charming little cottages are given over as second homes, so it can be busy, especially at times like the August Bank Holiday when there’s a free festival with fireworks.
Both beaches at Hope Cove are great for swimming, making sandcastles and at low tide, exploring the rockpools; one is dog friendly all year round. Pack a lovely big picnic and laze away the day with the family, otherwise forego the picnic and wander over to the beach café or go to the Hope and Anchor for lunch.
Take to the crystal clear waters in a kayak, on a paddleboard, or in a boat – you might have your own, or you can hire one from Whitestrand Boat Hire in nearby Salcombe. If you feel like stretching your legs, leave the beach behind and go for a stroll along the clifftops on the South West Coast Path, but take your binoculars because you might well spot seals and dolphins off the shores below. There’s a short walk of just over 2 miles to South Milton Sands, or a longer one to Soar Mill Cove via Bolberry Down; either way you’ll have the spectacular scenery of coast and countryside forever in your sights.
All information correct at the time of writing