Kingsbridge Area Guide
Kingsbridge is located at the head of the Kingsbridge Estuary, and at one time was quite a busy port, trading cider, corn and other products. It has a well-regarded co-educational Community College and also a popular primary school. Surrounded by beautiful countryside and with a friendly atmosphere it is the perfect place to enjoy all that South Devon has to offer.
An attractive town with cobbled streets, quaint passage and alleys. The most interesting building is the Shambles, an old market hall raised on granite pillars dating from Elizabethan times where markets are still held and sell different products on different weekdays.
Kingsbridge’s bustling Fore Street is an eclectic, yet attractive mix of shopfronts, cafes and pubs. You can see that the town has had a thriving economy through the centuries and this continues to be the case. One of the most recognisable buildings is the Old Town Hall with its distinctive clock set on top. The clock is unusual in that it only has three faces – the local explanation is that the fourth face would have pointed towards the town’s workhouse so wasn’t added in order to prevent the inmates from clock watching! The building is now home to the three screen Reel Cinema.
There is a good community with lots going on throughout the year with the Kingsbridge Food and Music Festival and Kingsbridge Fair Week plus the Kingsbridge Show. In addition, visitors flock to the town for the popular Kingsbridge Celebrates Christmas event and throughout the rest of the year, there are markets, Farmers’ Markets, workshops, live music and more.
The countryside and estuary make it a popular spot for walkers and sailors alike. While the town itself has a gentle, easy going atmosphere, the estuary provides plenty of opportunities to get out onto the water and indulge in water sports, while the South West Coast Path and the countryside offers excellent walking and cycling routes. Kingsbridge falls within the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty where you can find numerous walking trails and nature reserves, giving you plenty of chances to get out and about
Last but definitely not least, the other big draw to this area are the wonderful beaches, Bantham, South Milton, Thurlestone to name but a few which are on the doorstep! These are fabulous sandy beaches, perfect for families and Bantham is also popular with surfers and all are very much integral to life in this part of Devon.
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