Soar Mill Cove
Soar Mill Cove is a small southwest facing cove of sand wedged between sloping grass covered cliffs on the South Devon coast, west of Salcombe and roughly halfway between Bolt Head in the southeast and Bolt Tail in the northwest.
Well sheltered, the beach is accessed from the parking area at the nearby Soar Mill Hotel - 'a luxurious, dog-friendly hotel', about a ten minute walk inland. Few facilities, but the perfect place for some R&R.
The large rock offshore is the Ham Stone - the site of the wreck of the Herzogin Cecilie, a German 4-masted barque or windjammer, in 1936. She was making for Ipswich in dense fog, when, on 25th April she ran aground on Ham Stone Rock and drifted onto the cliffs of Bolt Head.
Some of the cargo was unloaded and she was towed to Starehole Bay in June 1936 and beached. On 18th January 1939, the ship capsized and sank. The remains of the Herzogin Cecilie now lie at a depth of 7 metres at 50°12.82′N 3°47.02′W
Coast Path walkers will enjoy the walks northeast over Bolberry Down and on to Bolt Tail or southeast along 'The Warren' passing Steeple Cove and Off Cove to Bolt Head and Salcombe.
✔ Sandy beach
✔ Dogs permitted
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Stay at a nearby Holiday Park and keep the kids amused all day! Parks in the vicinity include those at:
Plenty of hotels are available locally. Consider those in the local towns: