50.2380° N, 3.7669° W
Salcombe, Devon’s shellfish port
Salcombe lies close to the the southern tip of the Devon coast, sheltered inside the Kingsbridge Estuary and within striking distance of the English Channel’s shellfish grounds. With a long seafaring history behind it, Salcombe was a centre of ship and boat building, and was known for its herring fishery in mediaeval times.
While Salcombe is still an important fishing port with a small fleet of around twenty commercial fishing vessels that focus primarily on shellfish, supplied to local outlets and to processors in the region.
The town has grown into a popular resort for tourists and leisure sailors and Salcombe is one of the most popular destinations in England. It attracts visitors who come both by land and sea, and during the summer months the town, its beaches and harbour buzz with activity as the population more than doubles.
Salcombe has no shortage of bars and restaurants, most of which have a menu that’s heavy on the seafood supplied by local fishermen who work the fishing grounds within sight of the Kingsbridge Estuary.