February 2, 2024
A full day of exploring the beautiful South Hams area of Devon.
There is something for everyone on this trip that explores some of the highlights of the beautiful South Hams.
Leaving Torbay behind us we head to the small seaside of village of Bigbury-on-Sea to gaze across at the iconic South Devon landmark Burgh Island. The island is accessible at low tide by a strip of sand which at high tide is completely covered, leaving a ride on the unique sea tractor as the only means of access. You will have time here to either sit and enjoy the views with a morning coffee or take advantage of the time to explore the island.
The adventure continues with a short drive to Salcombe, a picture-perfect town renowned for its picturesque harbour and charming narrow streets. There will be plenty of time here for you to stroll the streets, explore the fabulous independent shops and take in a bite to eat at one of the many great eateries.
Our journey back to Torbay will include a stop at Slapton Sands, an area of historic interest. Slapton Sands has a very moving story attached to it. In 1943, the beach was taken over by the allied forces to use as a rehearsal area for the D-Day Landings. Unfortunately, a combination of live ammunition and poor visibility resulted in the deaths of 749 American servicemen. You can visit a stone monument which was set in place on Slapton Sands to commemorate the ill-fated.
Depart Torquay (Harbourside): 08:30, Paignton (Library) 08:45: | Burgh Island: 10:15 – 12:00hrs | Salcombe: 12:35 – 15:00hrs | Slapton 15:45 – 16:30 | Return Paignton: 17:15, Torquay: 17:30