Dartmouth is a stunning coastal town with plenty to do and lots of wonderful attractions to visit, but if you’re in the area for a little while then you may want to think about venturing outside of the town to some of the other great local destinations in South Devon. Hop on a bus, board a boat, or jump in your car to discover all that the surrounding towns and areas have on offer. Read on to find out some of our suggestions for great days out from Dartmouth.
Catch a boat to Greenway House
Catch the Greenway Ferry from Dartmouth and enjoy a peaceful journey along the River Dart to Greenway Quay. Here you can depart and head up to Greenway House, holiday home to the famous crime-writer Agatha Christie. The house and gardens are now run by the National Trust and allow visitors to delve into the life of Agatha Christie whilst embracing the exquisite decor and beautifully kempt gardens.
Get the Steam Train to Paignton
Across the river opposite Dartmouth is Kingswear, where a station for a historical steam train resides. Board the steam train here and make your way through the gorgeous countryside to the beautiful coastline of Torbay to Paignton where you can enjoy a traditional seaside resort. From here you could make your way to the other two towns either side; Brixham, a picturesque fishing town or Torquay, a lively harbourside destination.
Drive to Blackpool Sands
If you’re looking for a beach day out when staying in Dartmouth, then a trip to Blackpool Sands is a must. Surrounded by undulating hilltops and lush green trees, this picture perfect, Blue Flag Award-Winning beach is only a short car ride away. With a superb beach café and pretty views, this beach can be enjoyed throughout the year.
Hop on a River Cruise to Totnes
Spending some time on the water with a River Cruise to Totnes? Take in all that this diverse environment has to offer and keep an eye out for the local wildlife! You can enjoy the historical castle as well as fine bistros and eateries in this quirky town. Known for its unique charm, Totnes is full of fantastic independent shops and boutiques, perfect for those looking for a bit of retail therapy!
Catch the bus to Kingsbridge
If you’re wanting to take a trip slightly further afield without the need for a car, why not hop on a bus to Kingsbridge. The bus route takes you on a breath-taking journey through the pretty village of Stoke Fleming and past the popular beaches of Blackpool Sands and Slapton Sands before turning at Torcross into the glorious Devon countryside. Upon arriving at Kingsbridge, you will be greeted by a colourful market town that is perched on the northern end of Kingsbridge Estuary – allowing for delightful scenery and plenty to explore.
Walk to Coleton Fishacre
After taking the passenger ferry from Dartmouth to Kingswear, why not enjoy a stunning walk along the South West Coast Path to Coleton Fishacre. It’s around a 2-mile route and takes you to the timeless, art deco style Coleton Fishacre, which is a home and gardens run by the National Trust. From here, you could extend your walk to the Daymark, a tower built in 1864 to mark the entrance to Dartmouth Harbour.
Drive to Berry Head
Berry Head in Brixham is an internationally acclaimed heritage site and National Nature Reserve that can be reached from Dartmouth easily by car. Either use one of the two car ferries to cross the River Dart and make your way to Brixham or alternatively you can drive around the river to Totnes and towards the English Riviera. At Berry Head you will be treated to magnificent views stretching across Torbay and out to sea, wildlife is rich here too so keep an eye out for rare birds and even dolphins off the coast!
Visit Sugary Cove via the River Dart
If you’re lucky enough to own a paddle board or kayak, you could paddle down our beautiful estuary and visit Sugary Cove, Compass Cove or one of our many other secluded beaches along the stunning South Devon Coastline. If you don’t own any equipment, you could rent it from Sea Kayak Devon or The Paddle Shack.
There is so much to see around Dartmouth that we’re sure you’ll agree that it really is a top destination all year round. And don’t forget that we love to see your photos of the town and the surrounding areas so follow us on Instagram and tag us in your images with @discoverdartmouth or #discoverdartmouth – we may even share them with our followers!