Local Area Information


There is just so much to do locally: places to walk, historic houses and castles to visit, beaches and moorland to explore plus a fabulous choice of places to eat.  Here's just a few suggestions (with web links) of our favourites...

 

Walking.  Straight out of the door, or further afield.

The Signal Box is idyllically located within 4 acres of woodland alongside the river with direct access onto the beautiful Avon valley footpath (the former railway track).  This simply has to be the best place to explore first!

We are surrounded by the South West Coast Path - miles of stunning coastline to explore; there are numerous, accessible circular walks to choose from, many of which can easily be combined with a stop off at a pub or lovely beach café.

Dartmoor National Park is just 15-20 minutes drive away

A broad range of walking routes are described at: Walking in Devon

A couple of useful guides with detailed information on the region include: Welcome South Devon and Visit South Devon

 

Beaches.  There are so many to choose from!

Our closest is Bantham, South Devon's premier family and surfing beach (about 10 mins away); plentiful parking plus the renowned 'Gastrobus' for fresh snacks and coffee, also The Sloop Inn just a stone's throw away in the village for good pub food.

Bigbury on Sea is next along the coast with the unique Burgh Island linked by the mainland by a sand causeway (when the tide's out) and the sea tractor (when it's not!).

The charming fishing village of Hope Cove has its harbour wall, two lovely beaches and the convenience of a pub, tremendous café and village store.

South Milton Sands and the adjacent Thurlestone Beach is perhaps our favourite.  Easy parking (free for National Trust members) a great expanse of sandy beach and rockpools, plus the fabulous Beachhouse café.

 

Eating.

Our neighbour 200m downstream on the opposite side of the riverbank is the Avon Mill Garden Centre.  Alongside a small deli, boutiques and a gallery, it boasts a fabulous café - perfect for a lazy breakfast or an afternoon cream tea.

Just under 1 mile away on the Kingsbridge road is the Aune Valley Farm Shop.  Here you'll find the Valley View Café which, as its name suggests, has great views as well as the coffee and cake!

Local pubs and restaurants that we have enjoyed include our 'local' The Loddiswell Inn for honest pub food and the nearby Church House Inn at Churchstow.  The Winking Prawn at North Sands (Salcombe) and The Oyster Shack (towards Bigbury) are also well worth a visit.

 

Visiting.

The local town of Kingsbridge retains its character offering a wide variety of independent shops, boutiques and cafes, plus the convenience of a small handful of national stores such as Tesco, Morrisons, WHSmiths and Boots.  Nearby Salcombe and Dartmouth provide great charm and sea-side atmosphere, with galleries to visit and plenty of ice cream to eat!

Nearby historic houses include Agatha Christie's Greenway, Saltram, and OverbecksDartmouth and Totnes both have castles to explore.

 

Fishing

Guests staying at The Signal Box are welcome to make use of our single-bank fishing rights along a favoured stretch of the river Avon. Further information on wider fishing opportunities can be found at the Avon Fishing Association website.