We’re still not quite back to normal here in Dartmouth, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a glorious staycation in our gorgeous harbour-side town. Autumn is an ideal time to visit Dartmouth with lots still going on and plenty of businesses ready to welcome you. So what are you waiting for? Start planning your visit to Dartmouth and escape the everyday this autumn.
Explore the varied coastline
Head out of the centre of Dartmouth and you’ll find that the stretch of coastline near the town is simply stunning. Particularly around Little Dartmouth which can be reached via the South West Coast Path by walking from Dartmouth Castle. Or if you’re looking to explore the other side of the River Dart, the cliff tops around Berry Head National Nature Reserve are a great place to start.
Discover new art at a local gallery
Dartmouth is full to the brim with fabulous galleries which encompasses local artists work and pieces from further afield. Although visiting a gallery in the town at the moment may be slightly different to what we’re all used to, it doesn’t mean you can’t still look forward to discovering some new fantastic art. Baxters Gallery, White Sails Gallery and Dart Gallery showcase brilliant work from artists up and down the country whilst Paul Barclay Designs offers their own branded merchandise and yachtwear.
Explore the great outdoors in and around Dartmouth this autumn and try your hand at Geocaching. Geocaches are dotted throughout the UK, and the rest of the world too, and there’s even some in and around Dartmouth. You can use the app to find these hidden containers and sign the logbook, we recommend bringing some hand sanitiser with you and using it regularly whilst your touching things, or as the weather gets cooler you could keep your gloves on. You could even just use the app to help you discover new places. Find out more information about Geocaching here.
Dine out at a Dartmouth eatery
Regardless of how things are in the world right now, many Dartmouth restaurants and cafés are open and ready to welcome you in for a tasty meal. Whether you’re looking for a light lunch after an amble round the shops or a romantic dinner for two, Dartmouth has a spot for you. Check out the selection of cafés available here and restaurants here. Or, if you’re not quite ready to eat in yet, you could enjoy one of the delicious takeaway venues, you can find those here.
Take to the water
Take advantage of the towns’s riverfront location and explore Dartmouth and the surrounding area via the water. This could mean donning a wetsuit and cruising the River Dart on a paddleboard with The Paddle Shack, enjoying a kayaking trip around the coastline with Sea Kayak Devon or even hiring a boat for an October afternoon with Dartmouth Boat Hire Centre, the possibilities are endless! And if any of those don’t tickle your fancy, why not just hop aboard a ferry to Totnes or catch the ferry to Dartmouth Castle or even to Dittisham with Greenway Ferry, there’s some brilliant nearby places to explore that can be reached via the river.
Enjoy a drink at a charming pub
If cosying up in a pub with your favourite tipple is you’re idea of heaven during the cooler months, Dartmouth has got plenty of friendly locations for you to do just that. If you want to enjoy a drink in the centre of town try out the popular Dartmouth Arms. For unrivalled beach views, head out of town to the Start Bay Inn at Torcross.
Unearth Dartmouth’s historical streets
Dartmouth is lucky to boast some fascinating architecture and with this comes some great history. A great way to admire the streets and discover places you may never have noticed before is by enjoying one of the trails on offer in the town. Dartmouth Town Trail is an easy 1.6 mile route which you can learn about here and the newest addition, the Dartmouth Mayflower Heritage Trail consists of three sections, allowing you to explore different areas of the town. For more information on the Dartmouth Mayflower Heritage Trail, please click here.
Visit a unique attraction
Whilst the recent period has been a bit of a struggle for a lot of attractions, many in Dartmouth and the surrounding areas are now back open and looking forward to greeting you. New regulations are in place and although it might be different to a visit that you enjoyed before, there’s still plenty to see and do. For Dartmouth attractions and others in the wider area, please click here.
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