Step into action at Overbeck's

Spring flowers on the cliff with views of the Salcombe Estuary, Devon.

Take the hard work out of having some exercise as you capture the wonderful coastline in and around Salcombe and Overbeck’s.

Step into action

Take the hard work out of having some exercise as you capture the wonderful coastline in and around Salcombe and Overbeck’s. 

Tried and tested you can be sure that the number of steps you take have been counted to help you make the most of the view.

First we have 5088 steps for the return journey from National Trust East Soar car park following the coast-path to reach Overbeck’s just in time for a cup of tea when the doors open at 11am.

If you are still feel like you have some energy left after your visit then you can take the circular coast-path route alongside Overbeck’s, around Starehole Bay and back to the lower path that brings you out just below Overbeck’s on the approach drive-way.  The route is well sign-posted. There are some spectacular views and should take about an hour.  The path is quite steep and un-even so you need a good pair of shoes to keep you on the straight and narrow.  This will knock up another 5598 steps, about 2.50 miles. 

Alternatively, take the South Sands Ferry that runs between Whitestrand, in the centre of Salcombe, and the picturesque beach of South Sands, which is just over half a mile from Overbeck’s. A return walk of 2333 steps. The ferry runs from easter until the end of October, weather permitting.

It is a rare opportunity to travel by boat and experience the famous 'sea tractor', which travels out into the water to greet the ferry as it arrives at South Sands Beach.

Stroll on up to Overbeck’s and see for yourselves the panoramic view along the estuary to Salcombe and out to sea. You may even spot the next ferry bobbing along in the freash sea air. 

Once you are here there is plenty to do.  Explore the sub-tropical garden full of rare and exotic plants and trees.  Learn about the history of Overbeck’s, including its time as a World War One convalescent hospital. Visit the 'Rooted in Japan' exhibition to discover more about the Japanese plans growing at Overbeck's. We have children’s trails for the garden and house.

The shop is packed with gifts and mementos to take home to remind you of your day at Overbeck’s.  The tea room offers a range of delicious salads, sandwiches, tea and cakes, but if ice-cream is the order of the day then they have plenty of flavours to choose from too.

To check the sailing times for the ferry then go to their website at