Hope Cove was once a thriving fishing port and regular smugglers’ haunt, and although today the fishing industry has largely been lost and the village has grown, it still retains its original charm. The beaches (Inner Hope and Outer Hope) are popular with families – children big and small spend many a happy hour damming the stream, building sandcastles and exploring the rock pools. There’s not a lot of sand at high tide, so if it gets too crowded it’s a good excuse to explore the coastal path. It doesn’t really matter which direction you take, but the five-mile circular walk over Bolt Tail, Bolberry Down and back inland through Bolberry village is particularly stunning. Back in Hope Cove, the Hope and Anchor Inn is a beautiful spot to sit and watch the sunset –and the food’s not bad either.