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Gara Rock

Otherwise known as Rickham Sands, Gara Rock is a large southwest facing beach of golden sand close to the hamlet of Rickham, near East Portlemouth, near Salcombe on the coast of South Devon.

Parking is a ten minute stroll away at the site of the former Gara Rock Hotel.

In the 1860s the Admiralty built a coastguard observation post as well as a terrace of cottages at Gara Rock, with a 'Life Saving Apparatus House'. This in turn was succeeded by the Gara Rock Hotel, until its demolition in 2006. The area has now been redeveloped into a select collection of cottages and apartments complete with a luxurious spa and the well respected Café-ODE restaurant.

The cliffs above the cove are a great place to spot ravens and kestrels whilst on the rocks below cormorants and shags are commonly seen. Just to the southeast of Gara Rock lies the secluded Seacombe Sands, also known as Abrahams Hole Beach.

South West Coast Path walkers will enjoy the walk southeast over Deckler's Cliff to Gammon Head and Prawle Point or northwest over Portlemouth Down and Limebury Point to the beaches on the eastern shore of the Salcombe Estuary.

Facilities

 Parking

 Sandy beach

 Dogs permitted

OS Explorer Map OL20: South Devon

OS Explorer Map OL20: South Devon

This map is part of the Ordnance Survey's Explorer series designed to replace the old Pathfinder map series. At 1:25,000 scale this detailed map shows a host of attractions including gardens which are open to the public, nature reserves and country parks as well as all official footpaths, bridleways, roads and lanes. Other facilities covered include: camping and caravan sites, picnic areas and viewpoints, selected places of interest, rights of way information for England and Wales, National Trail and Recreational Path routes, and selected tourist information. The series is aimed mainly at the experienced map user but can be used by tourists and locals alike.

Local area

Local Accommodation

Cottages

Cottage Holidays

There is a great choice of cottages for rent in the local area. Take a look at the beautiful cottages in Salcombe, Malborough, Kingsbridge and Stokenham.

Holiday Parks

Holiday Parks

Stay at a nearby Holiday Park and keep the kids amused all day! Parks in the vicinity include those at:

arrowModbury

arrowDartmouth

arrowBrixham

arrowPaignton

Hotels

Hotels

Plenty of hotels are available locally. Consider those in the local towns:

	arrowSalcombe

	arrowKingsbridge

	arrowModbury

	arrowDartmouth

Caravans

Caravan Holidays

In the vicinity is a choice of camping and caravan sites offering high quality, affordable holiday accommodation. Consider camps in Kingsbridge, Brixham, Paignton and Newton Abbot.

Nearby Attractions

Attractions

There's plenty more to explore in this area, too! Find more attractions and things to do nearby:

Salcombe

	arrowOverbeck's Garden

Kingswear

	arrowColeton Fishacre Garden

Dartmouth

	arrowWoodlands Leisure Park

	arrowDartmouth Castle

	arrowFlavel Arts Centre

	arrowBritannia Royal Naval Museum

	arrowGreenway

Ivybridge

	arrowLukesland Gardens

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