Nestled above the picturesque Bigbury Bay, and in the heart of the South Hams and the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Hope and Anchor is the perfect seaside mooring to explore this stunning peninsular. 

Explore Hope Cove

Hope Cove itself is simply stunning. Wander between Outer Hope and Inner Hope, discover cob, stone and thatched cottages with pretty window boxes and doors so low, you have to lower your head to enter.


There are two beaches to choose from, dogs on leads are allowed on Main Beach all year, and Small Beach is dog-free from May to September. And if the weather takes a turn for the worst, the Hope & Anchor is the perfect spot to batten down the hatches for a spot of dramatic storm watching.



Hope Cove has a long fishing history, and although the industry is substantially smaller than days gone by, there’s still a catch to be had from the breakwaters or the rocks. If deep-sea fishing is more your thing, sea fishing trips leave daily from Salcombe. There is also freshwater fishing at Kingsbridge, Ermington and Sherford. 

South Devon AONB

The Hope and Anchor is an ideal base for exploring the fantastic South Devon AONB, with seemingly endless peaceful countryside, rolling hills, stunning coastline, sandy beaches and hidden coves to discover.

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Home to a stunning waterfront and harbour, plentiful shops, bars and restaurants, regular festivals and events, and bags of history and heritage, Plymouth makes an excellent day trip from the South Hams. See what events and activities are on during your visit on the Visit Plymouth website. 

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Salcombe & East Portlemouth

This vibrant sailing town is just a few miles away from Hope Cove. Its extensive waterfront, secluded beaches and lovely shops only add to its traditional Devon charm.


The natural harbour make this one of the south west’s favourite sailing spots. Day trips can be booked for both novices and experienced sailors.


East Portlemouth beach is close by and well worth a day by itself. There are various hidden coves to explore, and endless rockpools for budding scientists to explore. And it’s completely dog friendly all year round, meaning you can bring Rover too. 


Just across Bigbury Bay, Bigbury-on-Sea is home to a large sandy beach that has waves pretty much all year round. Perfect for learners or more experienced surfers, as well as bodyboarding, windsurfing, stand up paddleboarding and more!


Dartmoor National Park’s dramatic landscape draws visitors from across the globe, yet even in the height of summer, it never seems to feel crowded. Just an hour away from Hope Cove, you can explore iconic Tors, wooded valleys, open moorland and flowing rivers. There really is something for everyone, from walks for all abilities, horse-riding and cycling, to photography, geocaching, watersports, climbing, festivals and more.


Dartmoor is also largely dog-friendly, and pooches even have their own dedicated section of the Visit Dartmoor website… 


Dog-friendly Dartmoor

Nature reserve at Slapton Ley

Visit the largest natural lake in South West England at Slapton Ley. Just a stone’s throw from the sea, this beautiful reserve is home to a variety of habitats and wildlife. Dogs are allowed all year round on leads.