The South Hams


Within the heart of Devon lies Dartmoor’s 365 square miles of natural beauty and rugged grandeur where you

will find rare piece and quiet. This is a national park of high moorlands, sheltered valleys and great granite tors weathered into curious shapes over many thousands of years.

The high moors are traditionally the place for walkers to experience the real joy of the natural environment. Choose a guided walk and learn about the moor’s archaeological heritage, wildlife and folklore, or step out on your own trail.

In and around Dartmoor you’ll find something going on all year round in the villages and towns with exhibitions, parades, carnivals, fetes and fairs.

Dartmoor was designated one of the National Parks of England and Wales in 1951.


Malborough Parish occupies one of the most southerly parts of the South Hams in Devon, bordered by the sea and Kingsbridge estuary, with a number of beaches, A mile and a half to the south-east is the fishing town of Salcombe, famous for it’s crabs and lobsters, and with arguably the prettiest estuary in the United Kingdom. Two miles to the west is the tranquil village of Hope Cove with it’s unspoilt beaches and panoramic views across Bigbury Bay. Malborough itself perches on the top of a hill with a view of Dartmoor to the North.

The village has two pubs, a shop and a post office. The rural hinterland is a rich agricultural area which provides picturesque countryside. There are a number of small hamlets nestling in the valleys with attractive thatched cottages, all of which can be seen from the network of footpaths. Walks along the coastal paths, through the picturesque village and on Dartmoor are easily accessible from Malborough. The South West Coastal path passes through nearby Salcombe, where you can also walk to Gara rock, Thurlestone and Hope Cove.

Since 1979, traditional music has been a feature of Wednesday nights in Malborough. In 1995 , the decision was made to channel this musical energy into a festival, and the tradition continues annually. Every August the Malborough music festival kicks off on a wednesday night with a folk session, it then rolls through until the grande finale on Sunday night.

Hope Cove

Hope Cove is a delightful village which nestles within green valley walls and slopes down to two attractive sheltered beaches. Inner Hope is a piece of Devon miraculously preserved from a hundred years ago, a square of thatched cottages unspoiled by modern development.

The beaches have a Seaside Award for water quality and cleanliness. They are sandy and safe. There are rockpools to enjoy and crabs to catch and for the more adventurous sailing, windsurfing and diving. The water is unusually clear, attracting divers who explore not only the sea but also over 30 shipwrecks in the area. Dolphins and seals can also be seen swimming and diving in the cove from time to time.


Malborough is just a mile and a half from nearby Salcombe, the famous resort and sailing centre, the southernmost town in the South Hams and surrounded by tranquil countryside and magnificent scenic coastline. A designated area of outstanding beauty, it provides a relaxing, unspoilt environment for those seeking a little paradise. The town lies beside a vast inlet, Salcombe estuary, which provides a natural sheltered harbour for a variety of boats and safe sandy coves, perfect for families.

The area was designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest in 1987 and a Local Nature reserve in 1992.


A beautiful village, best approached by boat from either Dartmoor or Totnes.  Worth a visit!




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