Maritime Heritage

Sat at the mouth of the River Dart, boats are big in all senses in Dartmouth.  It’s home to the Britannia Naval College and although relatively narrow, the river is naturally deep here so you’re likely to spot a visiting warship, and even the odd cruise liner, moored up alongside the rows of sailing and motor yachts.  You’d be forgiven for thinking that the river and sea is the focus of everyone’s lives in this pretty town – even the numerous art galleries seem to take the majority of their…

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Berry Pomeroy Castle

Tucked away in a steep wooded valley, Berry Pomeroy Castle is the perfect romantic ruin. Within the 15th century defences of the Pomeroy family castle, still displaying a wall painting of the Three Kings in its gatehouse chamber, looms the dramatic ruined shell of its successor, the great mansion of the Swymours. Begun in the 1560s and ambitiously enlarged from around 1600, their mansion was intended to become the most spectacular house in Devon, a match for Longleat and Audley End. Never completed and abandoned by 1700, it became the…

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Slapton Sands

 Slapton is nationally important for its coastal geomorphology. It is an example of a shingle beach enclosing a coastal lagoon, Slapton Ley. To the north, the bar is backed by an infilled former arm of the lagoon and by cliffs of Lower Devonian slates and grits. The beach consists mainly of flint and chert shingle. The bar is slowly moving landward in response to sea-level rise and and this has been the subject of considerable scientific research. The Ley is a perfect example of ecological succession; open water becomes reed…

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Bigbury on Sea Beach

A stunning sandy beach in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) joined by causeway to Burgh Island. Shallow water for paddling and rock pools for exploring. Bigbury on Sea is a popular family beach and great for windsurfing and kite surfing too. There is a beach shop close by. Visit Burgh Island by unique sea tractor or walk across the causeway at low tide. There is also a Venus cafe serving organic and local food. The Beach Awards are sponsored by: Venus Company. Bigbury beach also has Beach Wheelchairs…

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New South West Coast Path in Strete Village to Strete Gate

The new section of the South West Coastal Path between Strete Village and Street Gate has been officially opened on the 9th July. The new path section provides a safer and more interesting route between Strete Gate and the village centre of Strete. Jonathan Dimbleby has marked a significant milestone in the history of the South West Coast Path today, by officially opening a new stretch between Strete and Strete Gate in South Devon. The event follows years of local residents and groups campaigning to take the route off a…

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Cruise Ships

Dartmouth is one of the South West’s premier destinations for cruise liners! A deep water port, we are capable of taking and turning around cruise liners up to 182m long inside the river. Added to this, we can accommodate larger vessels because we are an outstandingly beautiful deep water port. Vessels of length 230 metres are recorded as having visited in the summer months. The port offers a spectacular entry and departure for both passengers and spectators alike – the visiting liner dominates the scene in the port during their…

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Fast Rabbit Farm

Fast Rabbit Farm was purchased in 1987 as Higher Ash Farm. The name change was the result of providing enthusiams for an ageing collie dog. The collie, an eager rabbiter, was puzzled bythe cry of ‘look there’s a hare’! When told it was a fast rabbit both the puzzlement and the collie vanished. Higher Ash Farm was to be renamed Fast Rabbit Farm. The farm now consists of some 43 acres with woodland and two extensive valleys. Through one valley runs the River Black on course to Blackpool Sands and…

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Pennywell Farm

A Full Day of Family Fun at Pennywell Treat your family to the very best with a full day of hands on animal action at Pennywell Farm. Home of the half hourly activity and with up to 20 hands on activities, shows and displays every day, all included in the admission price, you won’t waste a single minute. There’s something new every half hour – listen for the bell! There are hungry lambs and goat kids to bottle feed, ferrets to race, puppet shows, sing-a-longs, hedgehogs to meet, ponds to…

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Preston Sands Paignton

A short walk from Paignton is Preston Sands, a great family beach. On this safe, clean beach you can sunbathe, swim or make castles in the sand, or why not grab a fishing net and explore the rock pools at low tide? In amongst the seaweed you’ll find sea slugs, shrimps and periwinkles. This is also a great place to go for a swim, as Preston Sands has both Sea side Award. Along the back of the beach there’s a promenade lined with colourful beach huts. This is an iconic…

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Torre Abbey Sands Torquay

This delectable beach is part of the English Riviera and it lives up to its name with its stunning sands, views and sunshine. This is the main beach for Torquay, being popular with holidaymakers from the surrounding hotels, day visitors and locals. This is a favourite spot for young holiday makers, who also take the opportunity to use the grassy expanse of nearby Torre Abbey Meadows.

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Dartmouth to Greenway – The Dart Valley Trails

One of the area’s truly great walks, this daylong ramble follows the wooded banks of the broad and beautiful river Dart, on a route crammed with gems and jewels of human and natural history. Start Mayor’s Avenue car park, Dartmouth. Distance 9 miles – Circular Walk – Grade Hard – Terrain – Footpaths, fairly even, occasionally muddy through fields in wet weather; surfaced roads. Obstacles and steep gradients – 10 stiles (3 can be bypassed); 3 flights of steps; 4 steep ascents; 2 steep descents. Accessibility – This route is…

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Dart Valley Cycleway Via Totnes – Ride 2

Totnes, the historic market town that’s full of fascination and interest, offers this wonderful leisure route which can be split into two distinct rides.This route forms part of the South Coast NCN2 Ride 2. Totnes to Ashprington via Sharpham Drive (5 miles/8km) Start: Totnes railway station/Borough Park or Ashprington village centre (the description below starts at Totnes railway station). This second route starts at the station car park, take a right turn at the river end of the station car park and bus turning circle alongside Borough Park with views…

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Babbacombe Model Village Torquay

A Big Day Out at Britain’s Largest Model Village! AS FEATURED ON BBC TV Visit this famous Torquay attraction to take time out from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and feel on top of the world as you see it recreated in miniature. Thousands of miniature buildings, people and vehicles, along with animated scenes and touches of English humour, capture the essence of England’s past, present and future. A daytime visit to the Model Village showcases the intricate details of the models and the beautiful gardens. During evening…

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Dartmouth Steam Railway

Dartmouth Steam Railway steam trains travel 7 miles along the most spectacular South Devon coast down into the Dart Valley, a designated area of outstanding beauty; with stations at Goodrington Sands, Churston and the beautiful village of Kingswear which sits proudly opposite the pretty Port of Dartmouth. Dartmouth River Boats operates on the stunning River Dart offering daily scheduled services to the historic town of Totnes and regular services to the picturesque village of Dittisham. Harbour Cruises operate daily from Dartmouth. We are unique in offering combined steam railway, river…

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