South Devon Coast
South of Dartmoor is another area of outstanding natural beauty: Salcombe estuary. Framed by Bigbury Bay and the long sandy beach of Start Bay, the area around Salcombe is known for its sailing waters and rich ecosystem. Although known as Salcombe Estuary, the distinctive landform should in fact be classified as a 'Ria', since it's a salt-water tidal inlet. Whatever the technicalities, visitors will be impressed by the glistening waters lapping at a shoreline dotted with bright painted buildings. The mild climate allows unusual plants to flourish, and dolphins and basking sharks are amongst the many marine visitors. There are sailing schools and sailing shops in town, so this is a great place to get to if you're planning a sailing holiday or just want to try it out for the day. Kingsbridge, further inland, is an attractive town with lots of holiday houses and a tree-lined quayside which is lit up all year round. Kingsbridge hosts regular markets and there are special events including an annual music festival, summer fair and winter extravaganza which culminates in a spectacular floodlit procession.