photo spots in and around Dartmouth

Top Ten Spots to take a photo in and around Dartmouth

We all love to take home a moment captured on camera to remember our time spent somewhere. The town of Dartmouth and its surrounding villages, countryside and beaches is stunning all year round and offers some picture perfect locations. We’ve handpicked our top ten photo spots below so if you do visit us, make sure you bring your camera to elevate that holiday album of yours! 


From Kingswear across to Dartmouth

Position yourself with the River Dart and the moored boats sitting in the foreground, and capture a panoramic view of our wonderful town, including the naval college, stretching out in front of you. You’ll see all our colourful and characteristic buildings as well as the beauty of the surrounding countryside. 


Jawbone Hill

Providing arguably one of the best viewpoints in Dartmouth, you can find Jawbone Hill by heading up through the town via Swannaton Road. Once at the top of the hill you’ll be greeted by incredible views of the River Dart, Dartmouth Harbour and Kingswear. Pointing your camera in any direction will certainly result in some beautiful photos.  

Jawbone Hill, Dartmouth


Burgh Island from Bigbury on Sea

Head down to Bigbury-on-Sea and stand on the gorgeous sandy beach to take a shot across the water towards the iconic Burgh Island. Position yourself with either the causeway or famous Sea-Tractor in the foreground for that extra oomph. 


Dittisham Quay

Situated on a creek of the River Dart, Dittisham quay is the perfect place to capture a tranquil moment of the beautiful river with the Greenway woodland in the background! Head to the end of the pontoon and snap some photos with the idyllic village and pretty pink pub in the background. 


Slapton Ley Nature Reserve

An area of natural woodland and a freshwater lake, Slapton Ley Nature Reserve is a wildlife haven for all types of birds and vegetation. Heading here would be a wonderful opportunity to practice your nature photography. 

Slapton Ley


Dartmouth Castle

One of the most beautifully located fortresses in England, the castle sits at the entrance to the Dart Estuary and the busy docks, which provide the perfect backdrop to your shots of this stunning castle. 


Dartmouth Steam Train

Kingswear is the end of the line for the Dartmouth Steam Railway, which starts at Paignton and travels through Goodrington, Churston and Greenway. Capture a shot of one of their beautiful trains coming into the area with its steam billowing across the stunning countryside. 


Start Point Lighthouse

Start Point Lighthouseis located on one of the most exposed peninsulas on the English Coast. Capture the building in the foreground with dramatic cliffs and landscape sitting behind. 

Start Point Lighthouse

Blackpool Sands

This beach boasts a crescent of golden shingle set in a sheltered bay amongst evergreens and pines. It’s a popular beach so if you fancy a peaceful shot you may have to make an early visit! Head to one of the fields and trails above the beach on the South West Coast Path to catch a glimpse of it’s beautiful crescent shape.  


Dartmouth Regatta

Visit during Dartmouth regatta week and capture the many boats that visit bobbing on the water below. It’s a truly beautiful sight to be seen when the River Dart is peppered with colourful sailing boats.


We’ve included just a selection of the beautiful images that can be captured in and around Dartmouth here. We hope this helps you start to plan your visit to the town to discover these locations and more. If you do snap any photos of our stunning town please share them with us by tagging @VisitSouthDevon or using the hashtag #VisitSouthDevon on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.  


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