Friday Guest Spot: Salcombe

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Messed Up Mum is a parenting, lifestyle and beauty blog. I am a 26yo recently single parent of one, my baby boy Josh born May 2013. I blog openly and honestly about the trials and tribulations I face in day to day life while battling with my mental health, but I still try to enjoy life and live it to the max, especially now I have my boy to share it all with 🙂
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I loved Salcombe from the second I stepped foot there. I was going through a bad time at home and had spontaneously applied for hundreds of jobs away, The Island Cruising Club in Salcombe was the first place to contact me and offer me a position so I left within a fortnight of applying. Everyone told me I was making a huge mistake running away from my troubles, but it took me to the most wonderful place I’ve ever seen…


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The water is a clear blue, the sand is always so clean looking and soft, it is quirky yet perfect. The houses are all either huge fancy holiday homes or small quaint family homes. The pubs are all cosy and welcoming; the views are spectacular from wherever you are.

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Salcombe is a small town built on a hill in the South Hams, Devon. It is by a beautiful estuary so is perfect for anyone into boats, no matter what kind. While down there you will see every type of boat, from yachts, to sailing boats, to powerboats. There are plenty of opportunities to try out a boat if you go in the summer, though if you visit in winter, a lot of the boats are all away for maintenance. There are plenty of beaches to choose from; North and South sands in Salcombe or Mill Bay and East Portlemouth if you want to go over the other side, of course getting a boat over there. There is a ferry that runs from one side to the other so it’s easily accessible.


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The shops on the high street include Fat Face, Joules and Jack Wills, as well as a host of independent shops. My favourite shop is a little boutique called Amelia’s Attic, it’s so pretty! There are plenty of places for anyone with a sweet tooth, from the Salcombe Dairy for a fresh ice cream to Cranches Pantry with the biggest selection of sweets and chocolate. For places to eat there are a few pubs like the Fortesque Inn and the Victoria Inn, and when its high season there is Captain Flints, a family friendly restaurant that does the best fresh pizzas amongst a whole host of other mains, many including fresh fish that has been caught locally.

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My favourite part about Salcombe has to be the beautiful walks. There are two in particular that I used to do often; Gara Rock and Snapes Point. Gara Rock is on the other side so I’d get the East Portlemouth ferry over there, Snapes was accessible via Salcombe. They’re both lovely walks, having to cross fields of sheep, seeing views that are breath-taking. My favourite part about Snapes is that I get to see the Egremont, an old Mersey ferry that was my home for the duration of my stay down there. She’s a beauty!

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Salcombe is a place that I would highly recommend for a holiday, whether a couple needing an escape or a family looking for somewhere the kids will enjoy; there is something for everyone.




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