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, a shop cum post office, an art gallery and a handful of great places to eat… in fact Hope Cove is quite a dining experience! Think Lobster pods, woodfired pizza and a nearby beach house serving up the best seafood just a 20-minute walk along the coast and you’re on the right track!
But getting to Hope Cove isn’t as complicated as you may think. Yes, there are just a few miles of narrow country lanes down to the village, but that goes with the territory. You’ll soon feel the sand between your toes and enjoy a picnic on the beach.
Whether you’re arriving by air, rail or road, here’s how to get to Hope Cove
Flying to Hope Cove
Internal flights into both Bristol and Exeter airports are quick and easy. You can fly into Exeter from Guernsey, Dublin, Belfast City, Jersey, Isles of Scilly, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow and collect a hire car and drive to Hope Cove which is about 47 miles. Alternatively, fly into Bristol airport (111 miles) and either get a train from Bristol Temple Meads station to Totnes and a taxi to Hope Cove or pick up a hire car.
Driving to Hope Cove
South Devon is well connected to London, The Midlands, Wales and the North with both the A30 and the M5 bringing you to Exeter, it’s here that you’ll join the A38, the main dual carriageway which runs between Exeter and Plymouth. Once on the A38 follow signs for Totnes and then Kingsbridge and Salcombe. Hope Cove is just off the Salcombe Road before you get to Malborough; a signposted turn on the right-hand side. Follow the lane until you get to Galmpton and then on to Hope Cove. (Just a few miles with plenty of passing places.) As a guide, the drive from London will take around 4.5 hours depending on traffic and from Bristol, around 2 hours.
Hope Cove by Train
Totnes is the nearest railway station for your holiday in Hope Cove. Trains run regularly from London Paddington, Bristol, Birmingham, Wales and the North. Your journey will take just over three hours from London Paddington. Book a taxi for your arrival at Totnes station; the trip takes around 35 minutes and costs £37 as a guide.
If you’re arriving by train or you’re planning on going into Kingsbridge or Salcombe for dinner while you’re on holiday, it’s worth having a few of our local taxi numbers plumbed into your mobile. There’s a taxi rank at the station in Totnes but these quickly get snapped up when a busy train pulls up to the platform so we recommend booking your cab before you travel. You won’t find taxis waiting for a fare at Hope Cove so for that special evening out, again it’s best to pre-book your trip.