Rivers, sea, beaches & villages
this is Kingswear, Dartmouth
There are only a handful of places in the UK that can boast such natural charm as the coastal town of Dartmouth – one of South Devon‘s favourite tourist destinations. Dartmouth has a rich maritime history and you can walk beside or canoe along the River Dart and listen to the sound of the steam train, or take one of the many water taxis between Kingswear and Dartmouth.
Kingswear sits on the Dart estuary opposite Dartmouth with its brightly painted houses it has a Mediterranean feel, with three great pubs, a village store and a post office, it is always busy. It’s a great spot to stop and watch the comings and goings on the river. With one of the biggest marinas in Devon there is no shortage of beautiful yachts to admire.
Dartmouth is renowned for its fine food. You can visit a huge array of restaurants, cafes and bistros – most using local produce, particularly the local catch of the day.
Take a stroll around the town’s narrow streets and explore the numerous intriguing medieval buildings such as The Butterwalk, a timber framed arcade built in the early 1600s, although damaged by bombs during the Second World War it has now been restored.
You’ll find award winning Blue Flag beaches and the more adventurous might want to take an exhilarating speed boat ride out to sea. There’s also the more relaxing water taxi to a riverside pub.
With breathtaking views, picturesque villages, costal walks and historic houses it’s no wonder that some people consider Dartmouth to be one of the best towns to visit in England.