Living in Modbury

Living in Modbury

One for the lovers of small UK seaside market towns, Modbury is somewhere that needs to be on your radar. This stunning area, nestled between the moor and the sea, has been crowned the smallest settlement in South Devon and is the perfect base to explore the South Hams and beyond.

The History of Modbury

The history of this market town is much bigger than the town itself! There is an estimated 1,600 population, which makes it very quaint – however, this settlement dates back to the Saxons and is even mentioned in the Doomsday Book. Modbury takes its name from the Saxon for “meeting place” (Moot Burgh) and has been home to two battles in the English Civil War.

What Can You Do in Modbury?

Modbury is a fantastic area that offers a peaceful getaway as well as allowing you to easily access some of the best attractions that South Devon has to offer.

For those who want to enjoy what is right on their doorstep, consider a trip to the well-maintained ‘Bigbury on Sea’ beach. You can relax on the golden sands or try your hand at many different watersport activities which are a little different from your traditional bodyboarding. Surfing, paddleboarding, windsurfing, and kitesurfing are all on the adventure menu, with hiring facilities straight on the beach for no-fuss fun.

For those who like to get active but stay on land, rock pools are aplenty at Bigbury and are teaming with marine wildlife to explore. 

Out of the sand and into the hills, the splendid Dartmoor National Park is within close reach and can provide you with the peaceful, wild moorlands it is so well known for. Expect to see rare wildlife and stunning river valleys while you submerge yourself in a well-preserved nature land for a unique experience. There are also events and exhibitions surrounding the area, so there is plenty to do when you are finally ready to dive back into civilisation.. This can include craft markets, farmer’s markets, county shows, and open gardens to name a few!

While you might not be in a jam-packed town, the shopping at Modbury is more than sufficient for you to get your hands on everything you need. Not only is this charming location packed with independent shops and boutiques that can provide you with unique, handcrafted goodies, but there are also an array of delicatessens and markets that can provide you with the freshest of local food to have on your plate every night. 

Fun Fact: Modbury is well known for its active stance on environmental improvements and was one of the first towns to ban the sale of plastic bags!

If you need somewhere that has a little more variety from time to time, then Modbury is situated only an hour’s bus ride away from Plymouth, Kingsbridge, and Dartmouth, making it somewhere that can offer you the best of both worlds.

Food and Drink in Modbury

There is excellent dining to be had inside and just outside of Modbury, all of which promise plentiful and varied menus for even the pickiest of tastes.

For those who are looking for a fine dining experience, then look no further than the White Hart Hotel & Bar Restaurant. The menu will leave you spoilt for choice, as you can choose from fresh seafood from the local market, posh pub grub, or even a classic roast dinner.

If a traditional, comfy, family-run taproom is what your heart desires, then you can head over to The Modbury Inn Pub, which provides local favourites in a cosy and inviting atmosphere. This will also make an excellent spot for friendly faces and offers a warming fire in the colder months.

Sometimes you only need a light bite to help you power up for the rest of the day, and this local area has an excellent selection of independent cafes that can cover all of your cravings.

Take a 15-minute trip to Valley View Café, which promises exceptional views, indoor and outdoor dining with a delicious, varied menu, and is also an extension of Aune Valley Meat – which means you can also get your high-quality grocery shopping done at the same time.

You might also enjoy a visit to South Devon Chilli Farm Café, especially if you like something a little hot! If you are with family or friends that live ‘the mild life', then don’t worry – there is plenty on the menu that they can enjoy safely. Not to forget that outside there is a fun farm-themed play area for the children, and a plant nursery if you are looking to take some of that spice home!

Insider Tip: Some of the South Hams’ most scenic sections of the South West Coast Path can be reached within minutes of Modbury; the Bigbury to Ringmore route is a particular favourite with spectacular coastal views and a quaint country pub for that obligatory shandy break!

Modbury is a quaint little town that will suit many as a place to settle down in. It offers the ideal spot to relax and unwind, while being a powerhouse of connections to bigger cities – offering you the hustle and bustle when you want it.