Holiday Cottages in Dartmouth
Steeped in maritime history, Dartmouth is set at the mouth of the majestic River Dart. The bustling waterfront town is overlooked by the famous and somewhat imposing Britannia Royal Naval College, just one hint at the town’s historic and strategic importance. Look around and you’ll notice old fortifications on both sides of the river. Bayards Cove Fort, dating from Tudor times is easy to access just a short stroll from the shops, or you can take the passenger ferry up to Dartmouth Castle for a walk along the stunning South West Coast Path towards Stoke Fleming and Strete.
Central to Dartmouth is the “boat float”. From here, take time to explore the picturesque network of streets and alleys with their plethora of independent shops, cafes and restaurants. For art lovers, there are numerous galleries and you may even spot the famous artist, Simon Drew, at work. For a hearty brunch see if you can squeeze onto a shared table in the bustling Cafe Alf Resco or for a more continental feel, sample the delights of Saveurs French bakery.
Whether you’re a seasoned sailor or a total novice, a simple must for every visitor is to take to the water. Sailing, kayaking or hopping on a passenger ferry to nearby Totnes, Dittisham or Greenway (once a home of Agatha Christie) will allow you to enjoy this truly idyllic stretch of river. Keep an eye out for wildlife on the way as you may be lucky enough to be accompanied by a friendly seal!
If you’re looking for a day out on the beach, drive along the truly breathtaking coast road to nearby Blackpool Sands (no dogs in high season) and on to Slapton Sands, a three and a half mile stretch of beach with a neighbouring nature reserve.
From Dartmouth, you can cross the water to neighbouring Kingswear to walk the Dart Valley Trail, catch the steam railway or take the higher car ferry across for a family day out at Paignton Zoo or Living Coasts.
The town itself literally heaves at the seams during Dartmouth Regatta, but there is always plenty to keep you entertained throughout the rest of the year. If you’re looking for a simple pastime, the embankment is the perfect spot for crabbing. All you need is a bucket, line, net and some bait and it won’t be long before you hear squeals of delight from the whole family!