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In the area
Hope Cove

In the area

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There are a number of guides incorporating the South Hams and further afield.

We have listed four of the guides that have proved to be useful to us over the years.

Information about the local towns, things to do, where to stay etc can be found on these websites.

In this section we have included:
. transport
. local villages and towns
. golf courses
. places of interest
. local beaches


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Getting around




Bus services via Hope Cove are limited.

Other towns and villages can be explored via routes from Kingsbridge.
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Car hire



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Local villages

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There are a number of lovely villages around Hope Cove, with historic churches and eateries.




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Marlborough is an active village with two pubs, two churches, village hall, a primary school, playing fields, a post office and Coop with a petrol station.

Marlborough Village Hall is a fully licensed facility available for hire for a number of activities including wedding, parties and sports activities. The associated playing fields include football and cricket pitches in addition to outdoor play equipment and two tennis courts.

The two pubs serve the village and surrounding community. The Old Inn offers a warm welcome to overnight guests, diners and drinkers. The all day offerings includes takeaway and a children's menu.


The Royal Oak pub and restaurant serves dinner every evening and Sunday lunch. They also offer B&B rooms.
The Marlborough Amateur Drama Group is very active and draws participants from a wide area.
The All Saints Church, has services every Sunday and Wednesday and a number of activities during the week including; bell ringing; handbell ringing; choir; art class; coffee and knit and natter.
The Baptist Church, holds worship every Sunday morning. Its active youth section includes a Youth Club.


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Thurlestone is a small coastal village dominated by the Thurlestone Hotel and the Thurlestone Golf Club.

The Thurlestone Golf Club, founded in 1897, dominates the coastal area of this pretty village. It's links course can be challenging when the wind picks up! In addition to golf there are ten tennis courts - hard and grass. The golf and tennis is open to non members with some restrictions.
The clubhouse offers all day dining.

The Thurlestone Hotel offers luxury accommodation, dining, spa and sports facilities including an indoor swimming pool for guests and visitors. Rooms and suites offer great views of the Devon coast.
The hotel's Tevilder restaurant offers fine dining with locally sourced food and the Village Inn pub serves food and beverages all day.


The All Saints Church, Thurlestone dominates the village landscape. Services are every Sunday morning.
The Village Hall offers a range pdf activities and is available for private hire for parties and weddings and the like.

The Post Office and General Stores provides the essentials.
Chocolate box houses line the main road into the village.


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Bigbury is located in an area of outstanding natural beauty.
The Oyster Shack is a popular venue with a menu changing daily and of course the 'best oysters in the South West'!

The Venus Cafe is open 10am-4pm and is striving to be the 'greenest cafe' through using environmentally friendly products. Such is the success of this concept it has been awarded the Queen's Award for Sustainability.


Bigbury Tea Garden offers daytime cafe dining.
Bigbury-on-Sea is a family favourite spot with its shallow waters and a selection of water sports on offer, including canoeing/kayaking, windsurfing, kite surfing, and surfing. RNLI lifeguard operates during the summer.
There is disabled access to the beach and toilets in the large car park.


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Bantham village is located in an area of outstanding natural beauty, with the 'chocolate box cottages' lining the main road.
The village, beach and golf course are privately owned

The Sloop Inn provides quality pub food with a great reputation - bookings are recommended. In addition they have six en-suite rooms and a family room with lovely coastal views.

The village shop supplies all the essentials, and serves coffee without outdoor seating offering panoramic views.


The Gastrobus at Bantham Beach is a very popular fast food outlet serving vegetarian and gluten free options. Check the website for opening times.

Bantham Beach is a sandy beach, with a reputation for being clean with lifeguards on duty during the summer months, parking is available.
The Surf Academy has an excellent reputation, with fully qualified instructors, teaching beginners through to advanced level and there is a Kids Club,


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Churchstow is a small village dominated by the C14th St Mary's Church.
The Church House Inn provides food and beverages and has 4 ensuite rooms. As a C13th building it is grade 2 listed - mind your head!
There is a post office and store in the village.




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Galmpton is a small village on the road to Hope Cove. The C19th Holy Trinity church serves the local community. There is a village hall, for private hire.
There is no pub or shop.




Local towns



There are a number of towns local to Hope Cove that are well worth a visit. Each town offers something different.

These local guides to the South Hams area provide further information.
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Kingsbridge is the nearest town to Hope Cove and provides two supermarkets and a range of local food stores.
There are a good range of coffee shops and restaurants.

Salcombe is the premier destination in the South Hams, situated on the picturesque estuary, popular with sailing and boating enthusiasts.
Restaurants and cafes are a feature of the town.

Historic Dartmouth is a stunning town situated at the mouth of the river Dart and is famous as the home of the Royal Naval College.
There are boat trips galore and you can take the ferry trip across to Kingswear.
There are a number of great eateries as well as art galleries.

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Local golf courses



There is a choice of golf clubs in the area:
Thurlestone, Bigbury and Dartmouth are listed

Further afield there is Ivybridge, Wrangaton and Sparkwell off the A38, then more courses around Plymouth and in the Torquay area.
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Established in 1897 this golf course is a mix of cliff top terrain and links. A course with generous fairways but of the unpredictable wind can be a challenge

A golf course that boasts breathtaking views in all directions. Forgiving fairways are mixed with trees and bunkers and of the course there is always the potential for the wind to disrupt things!

Dartmouth is a nine hole course but has 18 different tees offering the golfer two distinct loops on 9 holes. The course is a wonderfully mature rolling parkland course of some 6055 yards with a par of 71. The course offers a superb golf experience for golfers of all abilities.

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The reviews on trip advisor can encompass more than just the golf course, ie food and beverage, and in the case of Dartmouth the hotel and spa.

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Places of interest

Cookworthy Museum

Dartmouth Museum

Dartmouth Castle

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Established in 1972, this museum in Kingsbridge celebrates the history of the area, including its agricultural past.

A wide ranging museum covering King Charles II, the Mayflower to D-Day and World War II.

A castle with a view! For over 600 years the castle has protected the entrance to the Dart Estuary.

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Blackdown Rings

Burgh Island

Overbeck's Garden

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A prehistoric hill fort and the remains of a Norman motte and bailey castle - one of only 60 in the country. Situated near Loddiswell.

This famous art deco hotel on Burgh Island, is one of the finest examples of its kind. The island is cut off from the mainland at high tide - so make use of the sea tractor.

This sub tropical garden overlooking the Salcombe estuary is a real surprise. Flora and fauna from all over the world.

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Beaches in the South Hams



There are almost too many superb beaches to mention in the South Hams.
Our suggestions are the closest to Hope Cove - between Bantham to the west and Salcombe to the east.



North & South Sands

Soar Mill Cove

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South Milton Sands

Thurlestone (Leasfoot Beach)

Yarmer Sands

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