Kingsbridge Estuary South Devon

Kingsbridge Estuary

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The Kingsbridge estuary is an exceptional example of a drowned tidal river valley (or ria) formed at the end of the last ice age.

It lies within the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and runs five miles from Kingsbridge in the north to its mouth on the English Channel near Salcombe in the South. It has many picturesque creeks and inlets along its length including Frogmore, Southpool, Batson and Bowcombe creeks.

The estuary supports a wide variety of wildlife habitats and is a renowned water sports destination including sailing, canoeing, windsurfing and paddleboarding. The estuary is also home to some of the South Hams’ most popular sandy beaches, South and North Sands, Millbay and Smalls Cove among them.

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