Things to do in Salcombe

All year round

Walking – Driftwood Holiday Lodge is located in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with stunning walks from your doorstep. The South West Coastal Path provides 630 miles of superb coastline, so you decide how long and challenging your walk will be.

Driftwood Lodge Salcombe

Just over an hour of walking could take you to the charming Hope Cove, with its two beaches, pubs and restaurants, or in the opposite direction, you could find yourself in the popular Estuary town of Salcombe, for more stunning beaches, shops and restaurants.

Shopping in Salcombe – for its independent boutiques, upmarket branded nautical retailers, art galleries, gift shops, ice cream and retro sweet shops.

Gin experience – learn the art of distillation at Salcombe Gin School or just enjoy a drink in their fabulous bar.

Dining out – close to Driftwood Holiday Lodge there are a variety of places to eat out for all the family (including dogs), from quintessentially English pubs with log fires and great roasts in the local village of Marlborough, to private dining in a cosy, heated, glass pod, at the Lobster Pod Bistro, Hope Cove, with spectacular panoramic views over the sea. For those looking for spectacular fine dining, try Restaurant Twenty Seven in Kingsbridge.

Cream teas – there are plenty of great opportunities to stop for a Devonshire Cream Tea. Remember, here the clotted cream is thickly spread first, and finished with a dollop of strawberry jam!

Beach walks – So many that are dog friendly and allow dogs off lead, including Soar Mill Cove, just a 15 minute walk over some stunning landscape from Driftwood Holiday Lodge.

Surfing – Winter is the optimum time of year to go surfing in Salcombe. Offshore winds are from the northwest with some shelter here from southwest winds. Check out the surf forecast for more details.

Things to do in Salcombe

Water Sports – You can hire equipment at a number of beaches and can even learn how to paddleboard or kayak with private or small group lessons. Check Paddle Boarding Salcombe and Sea Kayak Salcombe for more details.

Boat trips – Passenger ferry runs from Salcombe to East Portlemouth runs all year round. Or hire a boat of your own.

Crabbing – You can purchase your net, crabbing line, bucket and bait from many little shops.

Spa treatments – Pamper yourself with a luxury treatment or a spa day at one of the spa hotels in Salcombe or the surrounding local area – Salcombe Harbour Hotel & Spa or Soar Mill Cove Hotel & Spa (under 10 minutes walk from Driftwood Lodge).

Overbeck’s Museum and gardens – National Trust home and grounds, with an excellent tea room and exotic plants (10 minute drive from the lodge, but beware parking is limited, or walk there in just under the hour following the coastal path). Ideal for all the family, particularly if any of you are keen gardeners. Check their website for opening times.

Golf – There are nearby golf courses in Thurlestone and Bigbury. There is also a cliff-top course near Kingsbridge.

Cosy up in Driftwood Lodge – play some board games, read a book, do a puzzle, watch the TV or simply enjoy the sheer tranquillity of being in the countryside, and go stargazing at night. For city dwellers who are accustomed to light pollution, this is a real novelty!

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Salcombe with young children

Build sand castles – buckets and spades are in the storage shed adjoining Driftwood Lodge.

Go rock-pooling – Soar Mill Cove is perfect for this!

Driftwood Holiday Lodge Salcombe
Driftwood Holiday Lodge Salcombe

Enjoy crabbing in Salcombe – You can purchase your net, crabbing line, bucket and bait from many little shops in Salcombe.

Go paddling in the sea – So many great beaches to choose from.

Have lots of ice-cream – Try the Salcombe Dairy Ice Cream Shop for lots of different flavours.

Driftwood Holiday Lodge Salcombe

Sweets, glorious sweets! – Try some of the sweets your parents used to love at Cranch’s retro sweet shop in Salcombe.

Get creative – Visit Paper Bird Island in Salcombe, and be immersed in creativity.

Explore Overbeck’s National Trust House and Garden – check out the room with the doll’s house and look for ‘Fred the friendly ghost’.

Jump about at soft play – whilst mum and dad relax with a coffee at Kidz & Co soft play cafe in Salcombe.

Visit Crealy Theme Park and Resort1 hour drive away for a fun packed day of thrills. Includes live shows and a zoo.

Go swimming – Salcombe outdoor heated swimming pool is very popular, particularly in the summer.

Play in the recreation area – There is a play park on site and a recreation field for ball games.

Fly a kite – at Dartmoor National Park (1 hour by car from Driftwood Lodge).

Have family fun in Driftwood Lodge – Play games, have story time, do a jig-saw or simply watch TV and fall asleep on the sofa.

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Salcombe for older children and teenagers.

Learn to paddle board with Salcombe Paddle Boarding

Learn to Kayak with Sea Kayak Salcombe

Go for some great runs or walks

E-Xplore Devon by bike – hire bikes in Kingsbridge. You can also hire E-bikes to help tackle the rolling hills.

Visit Crealy Theme Park and Resort1 hour drive away for a fun packed day of thrills at South West’s largest theme park.

Play football in the recreation field on site

Treat yourself in the Salcombe shops – Jack Wills, Quba, Musto, White Company…

Fly your drone – at Dartmoor National Park (1 hour drive away)

Swim in the sea

Go on a boat trip

Order Pizza take away and chill out at Driftwood – play games, watch TV, chat to each other…

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There’s so much on offer for all ages, and at all times of the year. Driftwood Holiday Lodge is truly a perfect choice for families, friends and couples wanting to get away to the country, be close to the sea, relax and unwind, and have lots of fun.