Starehole Bay Salcombe South Devon

Starehole Bay

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Starehole Bay, Bolt Head

Starehole Bay is only accessible by boat or by a beautiful walk from Salcombe past North Sands, South Sands, along the coastal path via Sharp Tor. Seriously impressive views and landscape! Walking down to the beach there is a small cove, with plenty of rocky areas. The bay is very sheltered and it usually has extremely flat water.

The calm sea and the rocky topography makes for lovely clear water and it's a lovely swimming area directly off the beach. However do watch for boats as the flat water is a magnet for fast boats and water skiing or wake boarding.

You can also catch the South Sands Ferry to and from Salcombe. If you are fealing more adventurous you can continue your journey on foot walking up to Bolt Head along the coastal path to Soar Mill Cove and on to Bolberry Down.


  • Beach - Sand
  • Parking - None
  • Accessibility - Boat only
  • Toilets - No
  • Refreshments - No
  • Dogs - Welcome year round
  • Life Guard - None

Best for

Boat lovers, Waterskiing and Wakeboarding. Large cruisers and yachts regularly drop anchor and take in the scenery and sun. Diving, scuba and snorkeling.

Look out for

Dive Flags, there is a wreck, just off the shore and at low tide you can see the boilers break the surface.

It's a fact !

The Herzogin Cecilie built in 1902 and launched on 22 April 1902 became grounded on Ham Rock and then drifted into these cliffs. She was a German merchant sailing ship and one of the fastest windjammers ever built, logging 21 knots!


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