The River Dart - Dartmouth
The River Dart - Dartmouth
The River Dart - Dartmouth directions
When arriving at Dartmouth which can be reached via the ferry at Kingswear, any number of boats are for hire from the quayside. Whether you wish to take a cruise, hire and drive yourself,or charter. The choice is yours.
Most of the pleasure boat cruises and trips down the River Dart from Dartmouth to Totnes can be taken from March to November with spectacular views of scenic countryside and wildlife.
There are many ways of enjoying your trip,just a few are described here.
If your choice is to take a relaxing cruise and enjoy the countryside then you couldn’t have come to a more beautiful place to do just that. The Dart valley is a haven for wildlife where if you are lucky you may be able to catch a glimpse of a fox, badger, or deer.
Butterflies and dragonflies flit around the flowers and shrubs that grow by the river side in many places.
Birds are attracted to the woodlands that surround this beautiful valley. On a warm summers day if you look to the skies it is possible to see buzzards and sparrow hawks gliding in the warm thermals.
There are many picturesque creeks on the river. Stops can be made on many of the boat trips. One of which could be to Sharpham Vineyard where there is a beautiful walk through the vineyard, and picturesque woodland the proprietors have provided picnic tables in order that a picnic or a barbecue can be enjoyed. And to finish your visit take in the wine sampling for adults and soft drinks for children, and tasting the wonderful cheeses from their cheese dairy.
If your pleasure is to stop off for a cool glass of beer on your river trip, then there are many little Traditional Inns to be visited.The Maltsters at Bow Creek is the furthermost with the Watermans Arms
The Church House Inn at Stoke Gabriel and on the way back finally the Steam Packet Inn at the Dart Estuary.
Another of the many trips to be taken is a boat which can be hired from a qualified lady skipper who will give you a choice of different themes for a trip. The trips can be taken from Dartmouth, Kingswear, Dittisham, Greenway( where Agatha Christies family home was), or Totnes ( depending on the tide ). The boat has to be prior booked. There are family fun days out, Sunset Cruise, a Romantic trip for two, with Champagne & Smoked Salmon, river pub tours, Bird watching & Fishing. There is also a wonderful Pirates Picnic which is for children and adults, which includes fancy dress as pirates, sailors, or mermaids, going crabbing, and picnic of course, and story telling. It is necessary to book : www.thepicnicboat.co.uk
The Trip to “Greenway” the once home of Agatha Christie is a wonderful way to spend an afternoon if one is keen on gardens. The National Trust were given the riverfrontage, gardens, woodlands, and farm. In 2002 the gardens were opened to the public . There are beautiful walled gardens, fernery, arboretum, and woodland walks overlooking the River Dart. The bluebells in particular are a real spectre, so too the Rhododendrons,Camelias,
Magnolias & Azaleas.
The River Dart can be a very busy place especially in August when the Regatta is on. Everything from Rowing events to Aerobatics, Firework displays, fun fair and craft fairs can be seen. Naval ships
Sometimes lay anchor in the river, and high above the town of Dartmouth one can see the Renowned Britannia Naval College, which trains officers for the Royal Navy.
The longest trip up the river takes you to the Ancient and historical town of Totnes with its medieval and Tudor architecture. A bustling little town not to be missed. With delightful arts & craft shops, and places for unusual gifts, street entertainers, and an Elizabethan Market each Tuesday morning, where the traders dress in Elizabethan costume plying their wares. To the Ancient Castle, dating back to Norman times, ‘The Costume Museum’ open from Spring Bank Holiday to October. The ancient Leechwells- a part of the town which has very narrow streets, where passages lead you to 3 ancient wells, where it is believed the waters are medicinal. It was a place where Pilgrimages were made by lepers to take waters, believing that the water would make them get rid of their affliction.
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