Dartmouth’s sun-soaked harbour, historical landmarks and lush green countryside makes our lovely town one of the gems of the South West. If you’re in the area you might be wondering where the best spots are to soak in the gorgeous scenery that surrounds us. Well, we’ve collated that list for you! Below you’ll find our best viewpoints in Dartmouth.
Jawbone Hill provides one of the best viewpoints of the Dart. Head out of the town centre and up to Jawbone Hill and you will be greeted with incredible views overlooking the River Dart, the harbour and over to Kingswear. The gorgeous scenery and the flurry of boats sailing up and down the river will leave you basking in this view for hours. The sky and surrounding views are particularly amazing at sunrise or sunset on a warm summer’s day, and at night you’ll be able to see the lights glisten and dance along the water.
Sitting atop a hill in Dartmouth and commanding over the beautiful River Dart is the Britannia Royal Naval College. This beautiful, prestigious building is not only a place for education for Naval cadets, they also offer tours of the college as well as providing excellent panoramic views of the area. From the BRNC you can see the boat float, the River Dart and across to Kingswear. Whether you’re looking up at the building or down to the town from it, you’ll certainly enjoy the views!
It goes without saying that Dartmouth Castle provides beautiful views of the town and river. The castle has stood watch over the River Dart for centuries, with robust defences including cannons which were once capable of sinking ships and protected the town from potential invasion. If you climb to the top of the four-storey gun tower, you’ll reach an open roof platform from which you can gaze across the waters at Kingswear Castle.
On the water’s edge you’ll find Bayards Cove Fort, a 16th century fort which once used to contain heavy guns to protect the harbour as a last line of defence against enemy ships that manages to evade the Dartmouth and Kingswear castles. Walking down the cliff path from the castle, you’ll be able to see all the way up the estuary and looking through the well-preserved arches make for excellent photos!
Soaring high above sea level is the Daymark, an 80-ft tower surrounded by beautiful countryside and coastal views on the Kingswear side of the River Dart. The Daymark was initially built in 1864 as a navigational landmark for sea travellers to help guide them to Dartmouth. This area is popular with walkers, photographers and those who just love to watch the world go by. Around the Daymark, you’ll also find Froward Point and Brownstone Battery, both offering picturesque sights out to sea. If you’re hoping to visit the Daymark and Kingswear from Dartmouth, you can pop over on the ferry, this will provide you with another great view of the town and the estuary from the water.
During the spring and summer, the cliff paths of Little Dartmouth are illuminated with an array of colourful wildflowers and rich with fauna. Little Dartmouth and Gallants Bower is the remains of a royalist civil war encampment, offering amazing 360-degree views across the estuary and inland. There’s a lovely circular walk around little Dartmouth to Dartmouth Castle; you’ll be transported back in time and able to imagine medieval life.