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Things to do in Hope Cove

The picturesque fishing village of Hope Cove lies in the shelter of Bolt Tail in Bigbury Bay. Hope Cove is an idyllic holiday retreat offering charming thatched cottages, pristine sandy beaches, and a peaceful atmosphere. Choose to sit back and watch the tide go out and come in with a locally brewed beer in hand, or get active and explore the coastline from the water.

Hope Cove Travel

How to get to Hope Cove Hope Cove may be tucked away in a stunning location with three fabulous beaches and great seafood restaurants… but it’s really not that hard to find! Sitting on the beautiful south Devon coast the charming fishing habitat of Hope Cove is your quintessential Devon village with pretty thatched cottages,…


Hope Cove Beaches South Devon is renowned for its beautiful coastline and sandy beaches. Hope Cove is no exception. The drive down through sunken lanes can get busy during the peak summer months but it’s well worth a spot of reversing here and there! This South Hams holiday hotspot has two pretty beaches between Bolt…

Wellness in Hope Cove

Wellness in Hope Cove It’s okay to relax and indulge a little on holiday; who can resist a delicious Devon Cream tea, a scoop or two of the local ice cream, fish and chips on the beach or a glass of fizz… but don’t worry, help is at hand! Your fitness levels don’t need to…

Culture, Festivals and History

Hope Cove has a friendly, creative community. The old fishing village now offers a relaxed form of tourism that encourages visitors to embrace its maritime history, appreciate nature and simply spend time in the great outdoors.


Hope Cove is a walker’s paradise. Sitting on the South West Coast Path, this village is a popular spot for those taking in the rugged coastline of the South Hams.


Watersports in Hope Cove With two beaches, Hope Cove is the ideal place to try your hand at some watersports. Hire a boat, paddleboard or sea kayak and soak up the unrivalled views from the water. Inner Hope’s sheltered and shallow bay makes it perfect for beginners. Sailing If you are bringing your own boat…

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Fancy a paddle and a picnic?

Hope Cove’s beaches are lapped by gin-clear waters, it’s even been named by the Marine Conservation Society as one of the recommended beaches in 2022 with the water quality designation as excellent. Mouthwell Sands in Outer Hope Cove is a beautiful sandy beach with RNLI lifeguards present during the summer months so it’s perfect for young children to paddle and build sandcastles. 

Find your sea legs!

If you love watersports head to the beach at Inner Hope for easy access to the sands via the slipway alongside the old RNLI station. This popular playground is great for  dinghy sailing, kayaking, paddle boarding and wild swimming. 

Minibeasts and molluscs on a seashore safari… armed with just a bucket and spade, the kids will love uncovering a thriving habitat. Just take a peek beneath the swathes of seaweed around the rockpools and you’ll find scuttling crabs, limpets, shrimps and snails.

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Hike along the coast path.

This is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and a stroll or a hike along the South West Coast Path is a real treat. The track clings to the rugged coastline as it passes through Hope Cove so follow the trail in either direction and look out for pods of dolphins, seals and varied birdlife; this coastal landscape is home to herring and black-headed gulls, cormorants, ravens and gannets. South Milton is about a 20-minute walk and Salcombe, 8 miles in the other direction, is a little more strenuous, via Bolt Tail, Soar Mill Cove and Bolt Head.

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