Surfing – Bantham, Bigbury and Hope Cove are all on Magic Seaweed for up to date reports. Dave and the team at Tri-Ocean can arrange surf hire www.trioceansurf.co.uk There is a surf school at Bigbury www.discoverysurf.com they have gear for hire too.
Paddleboarding and Kayaking also through Dave at Tri-Ocean or pop down to the beach on Outer Hope – www.hopecovekayaks.com
If the weather looks grim, the aquarium at Plymouth is great and you can wander around the harbour and up the hill to the Hoe with it’s amazing views over the Sound. Rockfish restaurant is in the middle of the harbour and perfect for lunch.
Crabbing is great fun from the wall in Salcombe, you can pick up all the gear and bait there.
There are a couple of sailing schools in Salcombe with Laser Picos and Wayfarers or if you would like a more traditional experience Scratch Hitchens has a Salcombe Yawl he can take you out on www.syoa.co.uk/rent-charter-salcombe-yawl
Places to eat
Our favourite is The Seahorse in Dartmouth www.seahorserestaurant.co.uk it’s always busy so definitely book.
In Salcombe The Crab Shed does a lovely crab sandwich, if you call ahead they can make you batch to take away for a picnic on the beach or book one of the tables in the sun on their terrace overlooking Shadycombe Creek. www.crabshed.com
The Millbrook at Southpool is worth a visit especially if you are fortunate to have a boat and the tide is in your favour. Otherwise it is a lovely drive around the estuary. Again you must book as it is tiny and gets very busy!
On the long beach at Beesands is The Britannia which does excellent fish and chips.
Further afield is the Bull in Totnes and also the brilliant Coombeshead Farm over near Lewannick.