April 7

The South Hams

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Not for nothing is Devon often called, ‘England on toast’ and this particularly beautiful corner of South Devon, continues the food metaphors but in fact derives its name from the old English, ‘Hammes’ meaning sheltered place.

If you like the water then you will be spoilt for choice with the riverside towns of Totnes and Kingsbridge and the ports of Brixham and Dartmouth, quintessentially English.  As you travel down this tapering peninsula, the towns give way to classic rugged coves, chocolate box villages with pretty thatched cottages and Devonshire cream teas seemingly at every port of call.

The majority of the South Hams is designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and there is plenty of opportunity to get into the water or out on the water and if you fancy a change from the sea, then head towards the River Dart on which you can gently while away some time with plenty to explore en route before berthing at Dartmouth, a town known for its naval college and heritage.  In total contrast, the top edge of the South Hams borders Dartmoor and presents a completely different side to this English county – rugged, brooding and menacing, Dartmoor towers over the peninsula, a total contrast to the picturesque landscape beneath it.

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