THE RIVER & COAST
THE HERITAGE COAST
Try a sea trip out to the long golden expanses of Slapton Sands and Torcross and hear about the WW2 evacuation of the local villages and the disasters that befell the thousands of American troops who tragically died on these sands and off this coast.
Take the boat past the pre-Cambrian cliffs of Bolt Head to the quaint fishing village of Brixham or on to Torquay for a taste of the traditional English seaside.
Or hire Escape or one of the other private hire boats for a unique and personal wildlife tour, fishing trip or sail, with your Captain as an experienced and expert guide.
For those who prefer dry land, there is a wealth of wonderful walking and cycling on your doorstep, with one of the most beautiful stretches of the South West Coast path passing Dartmouth. Or follow the Dart Valley Trail up the river through the magical Long Woods to Greenway and beyond.
THE RIVER DART
Walk along the harbourside and check out the little booths, where you can book trips up the river to the lovely village of Dittisham or to Agatha Christie’s house at Greenway. Or go further up the ever-narrowing and serene river to Sharpham House and Vineyards or further still to the delightful town of Totnes – it’s twinned with Narnia and that’s a clue to what you’ll find! On the way, you’ll see the thriving river life – cormorants, little egrets and if you’re lucky otters and seals.
BRING YOUR OWN BOAT
If you’ve a day boat and trailer, you can launch off the Public Slipway next to the Higher Ferry on the Dartmouth side. If you’ve a small sailing boat or a giant yacht you’ve plenty of choices where to moor up.
On the Dartmouth side there’s overnight mooring on the Town Quay, or you might be able to pick up a visitors' bouy on the trots. Upstream of the Higher Ferry, there’s Dart Marina. On the Kingswear side there’s Dart Haven Marina or further upstream the Noss Marina. All the marinas have good facilities and if you need help, you can find every kind of marine artisan to fit, fix and beautify your boat.