10 Best Things To Do in the South Hams

ditactivitieswalkingswcp1-14Take a walk on the spectacular South West Coast Path

You’ll be spoilt for choice for fabulous walks in the South Hams, particularly the coastline between Dartmouth and Plymouth.  To fully enjoy the dramatic headlands, steep coastal valleys and pretty estuaries get your OS Landranger Maps 201 and 202, or borrow one from Dittiscombe.

ditkayak1-08macGet on the water and kayak, paddle-board, surf or sail

Get a more intimate and close-up look at our beautiful coastline, estuaries, creeks and harbours.  We have three river estuaries to explore in the South Hams: the Avon river at Bantham and Bigbury; the Erme at Mothecombe and Wonwell; and the Dart between Totnes and Dartmouth.

ditstartpoint107Visit Start Point Lighthouse

Located at the tip of the most southerly point of Devon, Start Point Lighthouse has been guiding vessels for more than 150 years.  Take the 45 minute guided tour and climb the circular staircase to enjoy great views of Start Bay.

ditfood1Don’t leave Devon without a cream tea

A great way to explore the villages and towns in the South Hams is by sampling the generous and freshly made portions of cream tea on offer in the cafes, restaurants and hotels of the South Hams.   Check to see if it’s cream or jam on top in Devon!

aditchildrengararock-millbay19-14 (2)Take a crabbing line and bucket, supplied by Dittiscombe

Go crabbing, followed by a well-earned plate of fish and chips! Two of the top crabbing hotspots are the slipway at the end of the quayside at Kingsbridge and on Dartmouth’s embankment, with lovely views of the Dart river.

South Devon RailwayGo back in time and take the steam train

Open all year round, the South Devon Steam Railway runs along the pretty valley of the River Dart between Totnes and Buckfastleigh. Complete a great day out pop into the Totnes Rare Breeds Farm or Dartmoor Otters & Buckfast Butterflies.

ditactivitiesgreenwayEnjoy a day out at Greenway, Agatha Christie’s home and garden

Overlooking the gentle Avon river near Dittisham, Agatha Christie’s home and garden is recommended by many previous visitors to Dittiscombe. Arrive by car, vintage bus, steam train, or ferry!

ditslaptonview4-14A  car free day out and a walk to Slapton

Take the leafy green lanes and farmyard trails from Dittiscombe to Slapton village and Slapton Sands beach – map provided!

aaditbirdsstarlingsoct2-14Go bird and wildlife watching

Enjoy learning about our local wildlife during a walk next to  Slapton Ley Nature reserve, just 2 miles from Dittiscombe – you can make it part of your car free day out. A variety of free nature safaris with a knowledgeable member of staff from the Field Study Centre runs throughout the main season.

ditsalcombe1-12Take a leisurely ferry ride

Cruise downstream (or up) on one of the ferries which ply their way between either Salcombe and Kingsbridge, or Dartmouth and Totnes – just sitback and enjoy the beautiful views!