Shaldon village is the very essence of great British villages of days gone by, where cars are not needed, the butcher the baker and the candlestick maker (really) are all within a short distance of each other, not to mention some great pubs restaurants and coffee shops.
Add to this the river estuary, the beach found through the smugglers tunnel, the ferry across to Teignmouth, the walks around the coastline, the Shaldon wildlife trust,, the golf course and its no wonder the locals struggle to leave the village weekly!
Shaldon has rich history and as you may expect much of this is based on fishing and farming. The main Shaldon village closer to the water is actually the more modern part and the Ringmore element is older. Being observable as a settlement to marauding ships was probably never a good idea and the reason the village was more set back (so we understand). The original settlement in Ringmore, was established by the Saxons who built a wooden Church, not the stone built St Nicholas now there. The Celtic name of Ringmore means ‘ a great enclosure or clearing’.
Silt has washed down the Estuary over the centuries, causing the river flow to slow down and the estuary to widen, to land has been reclaimed over time, and most of Shaldon has been built on reclaimed land. In the 1800s a retaining wall was built to prevent the water from returning to the silted areas.
Shaldon’s highest point...reached by the ‘energetic’ walking up Salty Lane, on up to the top of Commons Road, then turning right to head towards Labrador Bay, the Trig point is just in on the right at the beginning of a grassy track. The lane to the left of the Trig has the lovely name “Butterfly Lane”
There are two church's, St Peter's (Shaldon) and St. Nicolas (Ringmore) and both are actively involved in the community, there is also a primary school close to the bridge and water.
Apart from the main estuary beach front in Shaldon, there is the popular Ness beach.
Ness Cove lies at the foot of the magnificent Ness Headland, a red hued landmark feature of the South Devon coastline. The Ness beach is accessed via an original Smugglers tunnel, that comprises both a sloping path down, and some steps. Ness Cove is one our most secluded and picturesque beaches, completely enclosed by the shelter of the cliffs above.
Please visit Shaldon-devon.co.uk for more information.