On the Water

On the Water

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There’s nothing like being out on the water

The Kingsbridge-Salcombe Estuary begins at the English Channel and winds itself five miles up to the heart of Kingsbridge. It's a 'ria' or drowned river valley that floods with the tide. This makes Kingsbridge Estuary unique, with only small streams feeding into it, it is home to an abundance of wildlife.

This unspoilt environment provides visitors with endless opportunities to stimulate all the senses. Spot a heron or watch seals that often come into the estuary to feed. There is something calming about being near the water; so just shut your eyes and listen to the lapping of the water and the call of a gull.

To really experience the estuary, you need to get on the water. Hire a canoe, paddleboard or boat to explore the creeks, or sit back on a lovely ferry ride from Salcombe.



Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Kingsbridge lies in the heart of South Devon AONB. The designation means it’s one of the best bits of countryside in the whole of England and Wales!


Ferries are one of the most popular ways to get around the five estuaries in the South Hams, so sit back and enjoy the view.

The National Trust

The National Trust has been caring for this stunning coastline for over 50 years. Take a walk to see their work in action.


Kids of all ages love crabbing, a truly British seaside activity - it's also surprisingly addictive for the adults too.

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