~ Hope Cove and Salcombe, South Devon ~

The day didn’t bode well for exploring South Devon as Storm Eunice raged outside our bedroom window. We had arrived the afternoon before to our Bed and Breakfast in Hope Cove for two nights. Barely able to open the car door I tried to walk to the seafront to take a photo of the enormous waves pounding the sea shore and was nearly swept off my feet. The next two days didn’t seem like they were going to be much fun at all.

Hope and Anchor Bed and Breakfast
From the dining room window

Hope Cove

Hope Cove is a small sheltered bay in the South of Devon. It seems to have retained its relaxed lifestyle and is ideal for families with its sheltered sandy beaches. Although with the storm raging not quite so calm that day!

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Anyway not to be deterred we set out to Salcombe with friends who were also staying with us. Salcombe is known for its outstanding beauty and is a popular holiday resort in the summer. By the time we reached there the rain had stopped and there were glimpses of sun and blue sky. It was fairly easy to find parking, so off we set to explore.

Alleys and Sidewalks in Salcombe

Cafes, Pubs and Restaurants line the narrow streets of Salcombe, making it very difficult to chose a place for lunch! Dear Husband inspecting the menu, sadly not to his liking.

Salcombe Harbour
Lobster Pots
The four of us reunited after many years

We all voted Salcombe a great success and so happy that Storm Eunice seemed to have passed. After a very delicious lunch we headed off to Kingsbridge for more exploring.

Arriving back at Hope Cove around 5pm for a quick rest before dinner that night and to catch a glorious sunset.

One thing to note about this part of England is the narrow and windy roads. Usually only one car width wide and you never know who might be coming around the corner! There are small alcoves built into the hedge lined roads for you to reverse or pull into. The locals must get very frustrated with slow drivers as they are constantly “tail-gating” to make you go faster. Quite nerve wracking for the driver. We did have a few encounters and it’s especially hard at night as it is pitch black. In the summer months the traffic must be horrendous.

I hope you enjoyed our trip to South Devon and I will be posting more about our return journey back to Essex.

Louise, Nick, Alison and Anthony


  1. Sounds like a super little break – I’m so glad the storm passed and you were able to enjoy it πŸ™‚ You’ve found so many cute corners to photograph! I like the notice about fish cleaning too – I always find such things intriguing. And that opening photo of the sunset is super!

    At one point you mentioned maybe meeting up in London while you’re over. ABSOLUTELY no pressure at all but if you still fancy that idea do message me through my contact page!

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  2. The weather may have been iffy but you still managed to get some great photographs and the rain increased the vibrancy of some I imagine. Nice to know that you managed to enjoy it – hope hubby is finding the food to his taste!

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  3. Salcombe is a lovely little place and I’m pleased you had a pleasant few days despite the weather. We took a flight from Stansted last Friday afternoon and after watching so many aborted landings didn’t think we’d get away but we eventually made it! Enjoy the rest of your stay, Marion

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  4. The storm gave you some glorious sunset photos, Aly. Quirky and cute and fairly typical of the area I imagine. Glad you had a good time, and managed to find something your husband likes to eat!

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