Home of Dartmouth Royal Naval College. Bayard's Cove is the oldest
part of this ancient port. Dartmouth can be busy in Summer, be
prepared to leave the car and catch "the park and ride" take a
ride on the Paignton to Kingswear steam train. Board a river cruise on the scenic River Dart from Historic Totnes to Dartmouth.
The National Trust properties of Greenway, a glorious woodland
garden on the banks of the Dart estuary and Coleton Fishacre, an
Arts & Crafts-style house, with an elegant Art Deco influenced
interior sits in a spectacular coastal setting section midway between Dartmouth estuary and Berry Head near Brixham.
The South Devon Railway steam train runs from Paignton to
Kingswear, the final leg at the waters edge of the River Dart,
catch the ferry from Kingswear into Dartmouth.
Kingswear's cottages tumble down a hill, down to the river Dart, which is constantly a hive of activity with small boats and yachts.
Dartmouth bustles with shops, resturants and good places to eat, more villages inns at found at Tuckenhay, Dittisham, Cornworthy, Galmpton, Stoke Flemming.
All the family can have fun at Woodlands Leisure Park at
Blackawton. Relive the great age of steam on the "Dart Valley
Railway " Dartmouth v Totnes to Buckfastleigh.
Spend a day on South Devon’s most beautiful beach Blackpool Sands, which is sheltered by pine-clad cliffs, from here you can look southwards across Start Bay to the little village of Torcross.
Slapton Ley is a large freshwater lake enclosed by a long bank of shingle it is a site of special scientific interest due to its abundant wildlife.
Kingsbridge, a bustling historic market town in the heart of the
South Hams. In summer it's attractive quay is crowded with
pleasure craft. Kingsbridge's stands at the head of the Salcombe
Estuary, which is unique because no river flows in to this
estuary. Kingsbridge is also site of special scientific interest
and a nature reserve, a safe sailing haven teaming with wild life.
An ancient market town and river port - mellow with age - yet
lively and forward-looking. Totnes is full of architectural and
historic interest - busy narrow streets gently slope down a hill
into the Dart estuary - dominated by its castle and church tower,
Totnes is surrounded by beautiful countryside.
To visit: Bowden House and all the attractions at nearby Buckfastleigh. “Plant World” Devon’s outdoor Eden at Newton Abbott a real plants paradise, the ruins of Berry Pomeroy Castle.
Full of delights, yacht lovers galore, interesting shopping, good
food pubs and hotels overlook Salcombe Estuary. The ferry takes
you over to East Portlemouth Beach. Salcombe is a delight, a
harbour town boasting its own castle built by Henry VIII.
To visit : The National Trusts six acres of Overbeck Gardens,
Salcombe Ley a naturalists delight, camp by the sea, enjoy the
Blue flag beach of Beesands. Take a relaxing break in one of many
coastal villages near by, Stoke-Flemming, Torcross, Strete, Beeson, even the remnants of one that fell into the sea, Hallsands.
Salcombe is the start of some of the most beautiful coastal walks
found in the UK: from East Portlemouth follow the southwest
coastal path to East Prawle, Prawl Point, Start Point nearby are
the attractive Devon villages of South Pool and Chivelstone.
The South West Coastal Path westerly leads you around Stoke Point, Gara Point , Haybrook Bay into the city Plymouth. Start out towards Bolt Head and Tail over to Hope Cove, South Milton Ley is
a twitcher’s delight, home of the second largest reed-bed found in Devon. Little villages in which to stay, Marlborough South Milton, Buckland. Thurlestone is a tiny coastal resort with a golf course,
overlooking the landmark of Thurlestone Rock.
Inner and Outer Hope are home to chocolate-box thatched cottages
with colourful gardens and narrow lanes.
Bigbury-on-Sea is a lively holiday hamlet with a sandy beach, take
a ride at high tide on the sea tractor to spend a day exploring
the 26 acres of Burgh Island. Stop for a drink in the Pilchard Inn
or stay in the unique Art Deco "Burgh Island Hotel" Surf at Bantham Bigbury walk around the inlet or catch a ferry to Cockleridge along the coast or turn inland, more hatched cottages at found at Ringmore and Morthecombe.
In Summer at Noss Mayo you can catch a ferry to cross the River
Yealm over to Newton Ferrers, which is a mirror image of Noss
Mayo. This inlet is much favoured by local yachtsmen for a
beautiful and safe anchorage. Near Yelampton is the much acclaimed Wembury Marine Conservation Area and Saltram House. Plymouth is a historical naval port, a busy city with attractions galore
Plymouth Hoe, Mayflower Steps, The Barbican, Plymouth Dome, The National Aquarium. Brunel's *Tamar* Suspension *Bridge* carries the A38 over the River *Tamar* and takes you from Plymouth Devon to Saltash Cornwall or drive north up the Tamar Valley to explore North Devon's delights.