Things to see & do

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We've found a jellyfish in the rock pool © David Bassett/National Trust

We've found a jellyfish in the rock pool

This place rocks

Rock pools don't close for the winter months and are full of wildlife all year round. Download the Devon Wildlife's marine spotters guide (pdf) to see what you can discover beneath the surface of the water.

You can check the tide times here to make sure you come at the best time for rock pooling, and visiting during the autumn and winter months means you won't be vying for space on the beach.

Something for everyone

  • A broad-clawed porcelain crab waiting in the rockpools © Paul Naylor

    Rock pools teeming with marine life

  • Looking down at Hope Cove from Bolt Tail © Eric McDonald/National Trust

    Follow the coast path to the pretty village of Hope Cove

  • Making some wild art on the beach at Brownsea Island, Dorset © NTPL/John Millar

    Beachcomb and make your own wild art

  • Watching the sunset on Thurlestone rock  © NTPL/david

    One of the best places to catch a sunset or stay longer and enjoy some stargazing

Hire equipment

Stand up Paddle boarding at South Milton Sands

Wetsuits, kayaks and paddle boards can be hired in peak season from the South Milton Sands car park or you can contact:

  • Diventure Salcombe 01548843663 or 07974910878
  • Salcombe Scuba  01548 843243

Dive or a snorkle?

Discover ship wrecks beneath the waves at South Milton Sands

We've found all these great short clips of film on You Tube exploring the waters around South Milton Sands. Thanks to everyone who has posted them!

Snorkelling Thurlestone

Diving the Louis Sheid

Seal Eye view of Thurlestone Reef

Come and canoe on the estuary

Taking to the water on the Salcombe Estuary

Taking to the water on the Salcombe Estuary

Dave runs Singing Paddles, a licensed canoe operator on the Salcombe and Kingsbridge estuary. He is out on the water with tours all year with his Canadian canoes.

Dave works in partnership with the National Trust and with a degree in botany and a lifelong interest in ecology he talks knowledgeably about the sights and sounds of the Salcombe estuary and how we care for over 500 acres around its shores.

Celebrating coast

This is a year of celebration - we are taking part in South West Coastal Festival to mark a 50 year milestone in the conservation of the coast.

Over 300 miles of the South West coast is protected by the National Trust, largely thanks to the Neptune campaign - set up 50 years ago.