Dartmouth’s setting on the idyllic River Dart is simply stunning, surrounded by gleaming water, undulating hilltops and colourful buildings; it’s hard not to fall in love with the picturesque harbourside town. However, if you’re holidaying in Dartmouth, be sure to visit some of the other equally beautiful villages perched on the banks of the river. All within easy reach of Dartmouth, either by water or by road, these peaceful spots are definitely worth spending some time to explore.
Sitting proudly opposite Dartmouth on the other side of the River Dart is Kingswear, an alluring village with spectacular views across the river. With its own castle and home to Coleton Fishacre, a country home and grounds run by the National Trust, it makes for a wonderful day out. Kingswear is also the last stop on the Dartmouth Steam Railway that runs from Paignton; a beautiful train ride which steers you through captivating countryside and allows for breathtaking coastal views.
Dittisham, known locally as Ditsum is a charming and friendly village about a 20 minute car journey from Dartmouth, or a short ferry ride up the river. The setting of Dittisham makes it popular with sailing enthusiasts as well as kayakers and those who enjoy canoeing: on a clear day the water that surrounds Dittisham is as calm as a millpond, making it the perfect spot for water sport goers. Boasting a couple of vibrant pubs bursting with character too, Dittisham is a gorgeous village for all to enjoy, either for a picnic by the river or a full day out on the water.
With a National Trust property, an attractive creek, striking views and a short walk from the Churston stop on the steam railway, it’s easy to see why the little village of Galmpton has an attractive appeal for both visitors and residents. Take a trip down to Galmpton creek to gaze out across the river and enjoy tranquil surroundings away from it all, or perhaps head for Greenway, holiday home to the famous crime-writer Agatha Christie; a magnificent house with fascinating history and impeccably kempt grounds resting on the edge of the River Dart opposite Dittisham.
Situated on a small creek of the River Dart, Stoke Gabriel is a quaint village nuzzled within delightful English countryside. Nearby to Dartmouth and Totnes, this community village is a gorgeous spot to take relaxing walks by the river and discover the pretty cottages. It is also a great spot for crabbing, a fun activity that those of all ages can enjoy with a few local cafés to enjoy a beverage and delicious snack too.
So, when visiting Dartmouth, take some time to explore the other hidden jewels sprinkled along the River Dart – you won’t be disappointed!