On your holiday you will have the opportunity to explore and discover a wide range of landscapes, activities, workshops, pubs and resturants, both within the Centre and the local area:
The Local Beaches
The Centre is surrounded by dozens of beautiful sandy beaches and coves, some of which are more difficult to find than others. Seacombe Sands (often called Gara Rock Beach) is the nearest beach, just 10-1 m5inutes walk from the Centre. With its fantastic view of Bolt Head and dramatic rocky cliffs, beach boulders and fresh water streams flowing onto golden sands, you couldn't find a better beach for spending the day exploring, rock clambering, swimming, surfing and sun bathing. If you head West, either along the Coast Path or down through the National Trust Woodland you'll find Sunny Cove and Mill Bay, both of which are popular day trip destinations for those who holiday in nearby Salcombe (just a short ferry ride over the estuary). Both Mill Bay and Sunny Cove are fantastic family beaches, but keep an eye on the tide as some parts can get cut off. The National Trust provides a (rather expensive) car park at Mill Bay, which is often full at peak times, but don't worry, a local women provides and overflow carpark in her field just near the T-junction. Mill Bay has the Venus Cafe located half way along by the ferry point (see more info below).
Coastal & Country Walks
The Centre is just a few minutes walk from South West Coast Path, providing visitors with miles of unspoilt dramatic coastline. If you walk east from the Centre you will discover some beautiful coves and Prawle Point, Devon's southernmost extremity. The Visitor Centre there offers a wealth of information for coastal walkers and is an inspiring learning resource for young visitors. Six panels with highly informative text and stunning photography cover 'Looking Out to Sea' with images of local features and oft-sighted vessels, 'Wildlife' depicting with amazing colour definition and close detail, the abundant flora and fauna of the area, 'Prawle Point's Place in History' showing shipwrecks, battles, archaeological discoveries and the history of the station as a Lloyd's Signal Station and coastguard base plus early stages of NCI occupancy. From there you can continue along the coast and up to the facilities at East Prawle.
Head West and you will arrive at Sunny Cove and Mill Bay where you can take a ferry across to Salcombe and continue along the Coast Path on the other side, past the National Trust Property 'Overbecks'.
The Pigs Nose Inn - Independent Public House
Without a doubt our favourite and most recommended pub in the area. About a mile east of the Centre you'll find the beautiful village of East Prawle where you'll discover The Pigs Nose, a very special smugglers inn dating back 500 years. Landlords and landlady Peter, Lesley and Joss (their son), and the wonderful kitchen and bar staff create a place where people from all walks of life feel welcome and at home within seconds. With its unique atmosphere, lighting and decor it can sometimes feel as if you have stepped into a bygone world. Plus, if you're lucky, you might catch a performance from one of the talented muscians often invited to entertain the diverse local and visiting community.
Gara Rock Resturant
Gara Rock Resturant is just 10-15 minutes walk from the Centre. Here you will discover a fantastic resturant, with very friendly staff serving delicious meals and delightful desserts. A great place to head out for a special evening meal, or stop and refresh the batteries whilst you take in the breath taking views along the South West Coast Path.
The Piglet Store & Cafe
Located opposite The Pigs Nose Inn, The Piget Store & Cafe sell all kinds of groceries as well as serve up delicious home cooked meals at lunch and dinner time. The cafe also does fantastic cooked breakfasts, just what you need after a night in the pub! Please note that both the shop and cafe have seasonal opening hours.
The Venus Cafe
Located right next to Mill Bay Beach with commanding views of the estuary and Salcombe. Serving hot and cold food and drinks all day. Outdoor seating and takeaway. Open every day from 10am until 5pm from Easter to the end of October, with extended opening hours of 9am-6pm during July and August. Integrated into the Cafe is The Venus Beach Shop selling all the favourite games, buckets and spades.
Sailing in the Esturary
With the beautiful Kingsbridge Esturary just a mile or so down the road there are plenty of opportunities to try out or practice your sailing skills. Friends of High Nature 'Salcombe Dinghy Sailling' have everything you need to explore the waters by boat. We can put you in direct contact with owner John when you arrive.
The High Nature Centre is located on the SUSTRANS National Cycle Network Route 2. There are some beautiful lanes and tracks to explore througout the area. We recommend the use of hi-vis safety wear as with most country lanes, there are many blind corners to deal with. We have a safe place to lock bicycles at the Centre..
(SA) Surfing The Waves
You don't have to go all the way to Newquay in Cornwall to enjoy what the South West waves have to offer. The South Devon beaches are fast becoming the next best desintation if you're a keen surfer. Both Seacombe Sands (Gara Rock) and the Bantham beach are the most popular with local surfers here. And if you're looking to learn or improve your skills we are in touch with a number of local surfing teachers who would be more than happy to take you out in search for that big break!