Serendipity is the art of discovering wonderful things by accident.
The word was coined by Horace Walpole after he read a Persian fairy tale -
The Three Princes of Serendip. They had a gift for accidentally discovering good things.

Those three princes would have loved the South Hams.
Wherever you turn in this neck of the woods - you'll discover something wonderful.

South Hams is not one place, but several.
We gave Salcombe a section of its own - Salcombe is a South Hams highlight.
But the rest of the South Hams should not be overlooked - this is a wonderful area!
It is an area waiting to be discovered - the ideal holiday destination for the quietly adventurous.
And the best way to enjoy the South Hams area is on the move.
Set up a base-camp by all means - but tour around and explore. South Hams is full of lovely surprises.

South Hams District covers an area of 350 square miles and has 60 miles of coastline.
With its southerly aspect sheltered by the granite uplands of Dartmoor,
the South Hams enjoys one of the mildest climates in the whole of mainland Britain.
South Hams name comes from the old English word "hamme" meaning an enclosed or sheltered place.

South Hams has six main towns.
These are Totnes, Dartmouth, Ivybridge, Kingsbridge, Salcombe and Modbury.
Each of these destinations is worthy of a Top Ten place in its own right.
South Hams beaches have won more awards than any area in Britain of comparable size.
South Hams is famous the world over for its picture-postcard countryside.

South Hams also has some of the finest markets in Devon.
Accommodation is plentiful - there is something here to suit all tastes and all budgets.
That's all you need to know - the rest is up to you!
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