Sail into Salcombe
The resort town of Salcombe lies within the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on the mouth of the Kingsbridge Estuary. The naturally sheltered harbour made the town a successful centre for sailing and shipbuilding and the incredible beauty makes it a popular tourist destination to this day. Salcombe is also two hundred and seventy miles from the Medusa Juice Vape Store in Peterborough and it’s well worth taking a trip out to visit our store in person. Stock up on your favourite e-liquids at the Medusa Juice Vape Store as well as checking out the newest additions to our incredible range. And while you’re there take a look at the our new clothing line and selection of vaping accessories.
The history of Salcombe is tied to the sea. For centuries fishing, sailing and ship building have dominated the town with all the advantages and dangers that those industries brought. The waters around the town contain a variety of shipwrecks, the oldest of which is from the Bronze Age.
Pirates and Shipwrecks
Other shipwrecks include a vessel from the 17th century that contained the largest ever find of Moroccan gold in Europe, 400 gold coins as well as other jewellery. More recently a 300 ft Finnish sailing ship was beached and sunk near the town and pieces of recovered timber and portholes were used to construct part of the nearby Cottage Hotel which can still be visited today. And in 1957 the HMS Untiring was sunk off the coast of Salcombe to be used as a sonar target where the wreck remains in very good condition.
Salcombe has been a home for smugglers and the target of pirates during its history. Fort Charles or Salcombe Castle was built during the 16th century to defend from Spanish and French privateers.
During the English Civil War Salcombe remained Royalist and held out against the Parliamentarians. Fort Charles was reinforced during this period and was the last place to hold out against the forces of Oliver Cromwell at the end of the war. The castle was besieged for four months and after their surrender Fort Charles was destroyed by the Parliamentarians.
In the early 19th century Salcombe became a centre for ship building as well as the fruit trade. Ships from Salcombe sailed to the Mediterranean and Caribbean as well as to the Azores and Newfoundland. These cargo vessels brought back oranges, lemons and pineapples as well as coconuts, sugar and rum.
But after the Industrial Revolution the fruit trade and ship building in Salcombe declined with the introduction of steamships and fruit blights infecting cargo. Around this time the town started to develop into a holiday resort attracting those interested in pleasure sailing as well as enjoying the beautiful scenery and taking in the waters.
The town’s reputation as a holiday resort grew by the start of the 20th century, but during World War II it served a different purpose, becoming home for an Advanced Amphibious Base for the United States Navy. 66 ships and additional vessels sailed from Salcombe as part of the Normandy Landings and many damaged landing craft were repaired nearby after the assault.
Since the war Salcombe has become famous for its incredible coastal views, attracting visitors far and wide to enjoy the scenery and sailing. While you’re taking in everything this beautiful town has to offer, be sure to bring your vaping equipment so you can enjoy your favourite e-liquids. The Medusa Juice Vaping Store in Peterborough is just a few hours away and I recommend checking out the amazing range of e-liquids as well as vaping accessories and our new clothing line. Visit in person or explore our online store regularly to keep up to date with the latest offers and contests.
The incredible beaches and breathtaking countryside around Salcombe are well worth visiting. Spend time relaxing, swimming or taking part in activities at Hope Cove Beach or enjoy the rocky spires and picturesque views while walking to Bolt Head. By taking one of the regular ferries out to East Portlemouth Beach visitors can walk the hiking trail to Gara Rock, stopping off at the ruins of Fort Charles or one of the cosy pubs nearby.
Salcombe has plenty to offer for those with an interest in history. On top of historical sights, like Fort Charles or the old lifeboat station there are also museums to explore. Overbecks Museum and Garden is a National Trust property that gives visitors a fascinating peek into the life of the 20th century inventor Otto Overbeck who used to live in there. The gardens and tea room are worth seeing on their own and the museum itself houses displays about the various owners of the property over the years as well as some of Otto’s numerous inventions. For a more detailed exploration of local history, take a trip to the Salcombe Maritime Museum. See artefacts and relics from shipwrecks while learning the tales of those who dedicated their lives to the sea.
The many shipwrecks off the coast of Salcombe have been attracting divers for years, but there is plenty more to enjoy on the water. Boat hires, water sports and outdoor adventure specialists offer the opportunity for visitors to try fishing, dinghy sailing, kayaking and canoeing as well as wakeboarding. Why not take a boat tour and see this beautiful stretch of coastline from a whole new angle?
Sail off into the sunset
As well as stunning scenery, beautiful beaches and a rich history, Salcombe also has a host of great pubs, restaurants and cafes to enjoy. While exploring the town or experiencing some delicious local fare consider taking a trip out to the Medusa Juice Vape Shop in Peterborough where you’ll find a fantastic range of e-liquids. Visit the store regularly to stay up to date with the latest additions to our selection as well as great deals and contests. And if you’re looking for quality hoodies and t-shirts with great designs, take a look at the new Medusa Juice clothing line.