The South Hams

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The South Hams

The South Hams is the bit between Plymouth and Torbay. It also extends into the southern part of Dartmoor, but as I explained in my introduction to Devon, any locations that fall within the Dartmoor National Park boundary I will cover there.

The area is administered by South Hams District Council which is based in the old market town of Totnes.
The largest town is Ivybridge, which has virtually become a commuter town for Plymouth, and other places of note include Kingsbridge, Salcombe and Dartmouth.

It’s largely a rural area with a coastline that is virtually all designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).
It’s undeniably a beautiful part of the county and has attracted its fair share of incomers, making it one of the most affluent areas of Devon, which has both advantages and disadvantages for the local population.

It’s an area I got to know well as I lived here for 11 years before moving to Torbay.