10 Best Things To Do in the South Hams
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.
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. Various companies offer equipment hire, lessons and outings. Check out our local Tourist Information Centre.
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. Check their website for opening times.
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. Our Food & Drink page offers several venue suggestions.
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.
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.
Overlooking the gentle Avon river near Dittisham, Agatha Christie’s home and dog-friendly garden is owned by the National Trust and recommended by many previous visitors to Dittiscombe. Arrive by car, vintage bus, steam train, or ferry!
Take the leafy green lanes and farmyard trails from Dittiscombe to Slapton village and Slapton Sands beach – map provided!
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.
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! All ferries are dog-friendly.