By car, on foot or by ferry

Salcombe sea tractor

Overbeck’s Garden is located high up on a cliff-top that looks down on a drowned river valley (more commonly known as the Salcombe Estuary).

The Garden is reached from Cliff Road, a picturesque but narrow lane that winds it’s way up the cliff from South Sands. As you ascend there is parking along the driveway and in the small car park at the top. Parking is free if you are an NT member or £6 for all day (£3 in the winter).

If you prefer, you can leave the car in Salcombe and take the cheerful South Sands Ferry that regularly operates a service to and from Whitestrands (centre of Salcombe) to South Sands. It’s been ferrying people for over 60 years and is a great option at any time but particularly in the height of the summer when roads can get busy in and out of Salcombe. From the small beach at South Sands it’s under half a mile hike up the hill to Overbeck's. Check the tide times and you can make a day of it – enjoying the beach and the Garden. 

If you enjoy walking, then parking at East Soar is a good option. East Soar is a National Trust car park just inland (you turn off at Malborough and follow the signs to Soar). Parking is £3 for all day and from there you can either follow the well-marked path to Overbeck’s (just under a mile) or you can combine a visit to Overbeck’s with several walks along clifftops, woods and sandy beaches.