Hope cove - Ultimate dam building fun with new found friends

An army of children all teamed up with the unrelenting task of stopping the stream of water meeting the sea.  Dam building is just one of the attractions at this pretty little seaside Devonshire village. It boasts pastel cottages, 2 good pubs, a gallery, and 2 lovely sandy beaches complete with rockpools. Previously a fishing village now more famous for landing crabs and lobster, Hope Cove was once a favourite haunt for smugglers and still retains all the intimacy and charm of its characterful past.

We were at Mouthwell Sands and the longer Harbour beach sits just to its south. The two are easily accessible and it’s worth exploring them both if you can.  Mouthwell Sands is great for sandcastles and sunbathing as well as exploring the rockpools and of course dam building.

Dam building is serious business for littles (and a fair few biggies too!) The water flowing down into the cove from a 20-foot-high man made water fall was diverted time and time again using ever more ingenious materials and structures.  There was sand, seaweed, driftwood, stones and boulders.

My three boys completely ignored me for the best part of four hours! There was a brief interlude where they hurriedly chomped down their lunch and then off again – it was wonderful to see them all so engrossed in their own task and working together with other new found friends.

We had to interrupt them again to lure them away to the Hope and Anchor pub with the promise of ice cream.  I opted instead for cider and sat out supping it on the veranda overlooking the cove and the incoming sea whilst basking in the unusually warm April sun.

The fantastic beaches and the proximity of the village make Hope Cove an ideal destination for (at least) a full day out.


Hope Cove, Salcombe, England, TQ7 3HW

We parked in the public car park a minute from the beach with an all-day pay and display for £4

Above picture curtesy of Hope & Anchor pub