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Out and about River Exe A38 A380 DARTMOOR River Teign

Buckfastleigh Buckfast Ashburton


After going crabbing on the pontoon at Dittisham we had scrumptious lunches at The Ferry Boat Inn or The Anchorstone Cafe on the Quay.

A38 Totnes

Tuckenhay Cornworthy

Blackawton Bigbury Kingsbridge

Bantham Thurlestone

Salcombe East Prawle Slapton Ley

Chillington Slapton

Beeson Strete Slapton Sands

Beesands Torcross

Start Point Hallsands

We kept our boat at Blackness Marine which made launching and parking really easy.

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Greenway Ferries


Stoke Fleming Kingswear

Blackpool Sands Newton Abbot

Paignton Torquay

Powderham Castle

Dawlish Warren

Teignmouth Dawlish

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lackawton is to be found a little further inland and is the sort of friendly village everyone dreams of living in. The George Inn is a thriving, traditional pub that offers family roast dinners and which hosts an annual Worm Charming

buy their catch fresh as it comes ashore to cook yourself or dine in style at the Cricket Inn. Beeson is half a mile inland and looks down over the sea and Widdicombe Ley with its natural wildlife including the rare Cirl Bunting. Cornworthy and the hamlet of East Cornworthy are on the Dart Valley Trail

Championship! There is another excellent restaurant, The Normandy Arms, a village shop and Blackpool Sands beach about 3 miles away. Dartmouth Golf and Country Club with 2 golf courses and a leisure suite is just up the road and across from the Woodlands Leisure Park – all weather fun for everyone. Beesands is home to generations of fishermen – they have salt water in their blood. You can

between Dittisham and Totnes. There are glorious walks through the tranquil countryside and down to the river bank or up to the Hunters Lodge for a sun-downer or evening meal. Standing alone in a field at the top of Cornworthy is the remains of the gatehouse to an Augustinian Priory dating from 1231. Slapton is a pretty village with quirky cottages, narrow lanes, 2 pubs and a shop and sits quietly in the countryside behind the long stretch of Slapton Sands. This narrow shingle bar protects the Site of Special Scientific Interest called Slapton Ley – a freshwater Nature Reserve which protects an extraordinary collection of wildlife. At the southern end of Slapton Sands beach is the village of Torcoss with more pubs, cafes and several shops. All local farms and villages here were evacuated in 1943 for the Allied Troops to practice the D Day landings and in the car park you can see a Sherman tank which was recovered from the sea and is now a memorial to the ill-fated Exercise Tiger. Totnes is a colourful market town at the top of the navigable stretch of the River Dart. It has a unique collection of sustainable, ethnic and organic businesses and is an exciting venue for a family holiday. The weekly markets are extraordinary with the Christmas shopping evenings gaining a superb reputation. A short journey could take you to beaches on the coast or up to explore the wilds of Dartmoor inland.

We went on the round robin taking the River Link Boat from Dartmouth to Totnes and returned from Paignton on the Dart Valley Railway.

We had sailing lessons at the Dittisham Boats and then hired a boat for the rest of the holiday. Tel 0845 8810110.

We went sailing on the Dart. You can also have lessons or hire a boat from Marshall Sailing School. Tel: 07973 520 515

Daddy played golf and we went swimming at the Dartmouth Golf and Country Club. Tel: 01803 712 686

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