How to Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle While Exploring Dartmouth

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There are many amazing reasons to visit Dartmouth, from its gorgeous coastal position to its array of cultural activities and events taking place throughout the year. Yet a lot of people see an adventure of this type as a time for over-indulging, and thus put their health goals on hold.

The good news is that you can get the best of both worlds, enjoying all that the town and its surroundings have to offer while still sticking to your aims of eating well and staying fit. It’s just a case of planning appropriately and using a bit of willpower – so here are some strategies that will help you down this path.

Eat Wisely

In terms of restaurants, you’re spoilt for choice in Dartmouth, and the key to adhering to the principles of a healthy lifestyle is to pick spots for refuelling that will cater to your needs. Here are a few top options:

Embankment Bistro

With a menu that’s packed with high-quality classics, Embankment Bistro has something for everyone – and if you’re aiming to avoid overdoing it on the calories, consider either opting for the fish of the day or an always-reliable bowl of mussels, as shellfish are very nutritious and can help with weight loss as well as providing plenty of protein.

Jenny Koo’s Kitchen

For when you’re craving something Asian-inspired to eat, Jenny Koo’s will really hit the spot, providing that all-important combo of local ingredients and global food inspiration. It’s a great place for vegetarians and vegans to visit, and also caters to people who need a gluten-free feast.

Beach Picnic

For total control over what you eat, putting together a healthy picnic and heading to one of Dartmouth’s local beaches – whether that’s compact Castle Cover or the golden expanses of Blackpool Sands – is your best bet. You could even use a meal delivery service to order ketogenic dishes packed with flavour to bring with you on your trip, both as a means of saving time and to stick to a strict diet designed for fat-burning.

Stay Active

Eating right is only half the battle for healthy lifestyle acolytes, so it’s best to plan some physical activities during your visit to Dartmouth in order to avoid just lounging around. Here are some recommended ideas:

Coastal Walks

Walking is one of the most effective low-impact forms of exercise, and you can use Dartmouth as a jumping off point for a variety of coastal excursions where you’ll get good use of your boots. The South West Coast Path is an obvious choice for many, but more modest options like the Blackpool Sands circular route are also available if you aren’t a hiking expert.


One thing Dartmouth has in abundance is water, and this opens up all sorts of options for activities that go beyond a simple swim. For instance, Sea Kayak Devon provides tours of the coast that will get your blood pumping and will let you see wildlife and geological formations from a different perspective.


Whether you bring your own bike or rent one locally, there are lots of lovely rides to enjoy around Dartmouth and more broadly across South Devon. If you’re after specific cycling trails, then the Dart Valley Cycle Way in Totnes is a good starting point.

Final Thoughts

As you can see, exploring Dartmouth doesn’t have to be done at the expense of your health – and in fact those with a lifestyle that keeps them active and in shape can really flourish in this part of the country. So step up your planning game and you’ll reap the rewards once you’re with us!


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