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Anchoring in Salcombe

Still, calm, peaceful…we simply loved the anchorage in Salcombe! Possibly because, for the majority of our stay it was either just us or one other boat, and possibly because we picked a cracking window weather wise!

We had spent the previous week anchored up the River Dart, which was idyllic, so we didn’t really think anchoring in Salcombe would offer us the same tranquility. Plus last season we took a mooring buoy in Salcombe and found it so swelly we therefore had visions of an uncomfortable, and busy, anchorage. Oh how wrong were we!

On our arrival into Salcombe we were met by Matt from the Harbour Patrol Team. If it’s one thing Salcombe know how to do right it’s to cater for visiting yachts! A super friendly guy he pointed us in the direction of the anchorage and advised us on a few spots and holding. We were surprised to find that we were the only vessel in the anchorage so we tucked in nicely behind the mooring buoys, north of ‘The Bag’, near the Saltstone and close to the entrance to Frogmore Creek.

Anchorage in Salcombe

The anchorage rate is £1.00 per metre, per day (May 2023) however we opted to take advantage of their 7 nights for the price of 5 deal and paid up for a week. Visit for up to date prices.

We simply can’t get over how tranquil this place was, especially at night. The stillness in the air was unbelievable to the extent you wouldn’t have even known we were on water. We slept like logs every night 🤣 Of course we were very fortunate with the weather but even when it did start to blow up slightly towards the end of our week we hardly noticed it.

Salcombe at Night
Local Sailing Boat

And it was surprisingly quiet. The bank holiday weekend brought out the local sailing yachts which always seem to come so close…flashback to the working boats in St Mawes! Plus RIBS seem to be the vessel of choice for many in Salcombe so they throw up a bit of slap! But once the sun went down it was just back to us and the other boat.

The nearby non-walk ashore pontoon has water (only available June, July and August) and refuse facilities. Alternatively it is approximately 1nm to the main pontoons at Salcombe. Here you will find the Normandy Pontoon which has a dedicated section for tenders. Water is available on this pontoon whereas refuse can be deposited at the nearby floating pontoon opposite. There are two showers at Whitestrand, which have been refurbished for 2023, but do ensure you bring your receipt for your mooring as it has the door code on it!


From our anchorage at the Saltstone it was a 1.8nm dinghy ride up river to Kingsbridge, a pretty little market town at the top of the estuary.

The basin does dry so allow yourself approximately 2 1/2 hours either side of high tide. There is a pontoon you can tie up to but remember to get the gate code from the harbour patrol team. Alternatively if you don’t fancy using your own dinghy you’ll find a number of boat trips that run from Salcombe up to Kingsbridge, tide dependent of course.

Approaching Kingsbridge

You’ll find a good selection of shops in Kingsbridge and a number of cafes and restaurants, plus a cinema and leisure centre. For stocking up Tesco’s and Morrisons are a short walk from the pontoon. Street markets also take place on selected days.

One thing we did notice about the estuary in Salcombe was the sheer amount of Jellyfish that are present, so much so that the Salcombe Harbour Guide actually has a page dedicated to the different species of Jellyfish and their stings. We must admit that this did deter us from entering the water here! The other thing we noticed was the amount of seaweed that got caught up on the anchor chain, you may find yourself prodding quite a bit off. But we didn’t mind, after all we got to see some cracking sunsets, just like this:

Sunset in Salcombe

As mentioned above Salcombe is well catered for visiting yachts. Do check out our post from last year were we cover more about the town and surrounding area but suffice to say Salcombe is well worth a visit – just mind that bar at the entrance!

VIDEO: Salcombe Anchorage


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