Steam Train by the River Dart, South Devon

South Devon Highlights

Dittiscombe – your perfect base in South Devon

Dittiscombe Holiday Cottages is located mid-way between Kingsbridge and Dartmouth and is just a short drive from plenty of dog-friendly beaches, estuaries and the South West Coast Path.

You’ll find inspiration for things to do during your stay from the list of highlights and upcoming events below. Also we have a suggested 3 night itinerary on our Short Breaks page. You can visit the Tourist Information Centres in Kingsbridge and Dartmouth to get some local advice, or call at the Farmhouse and Ruth or Jon will be able to help you.

Recent guests have recommended . . .

Coastal walks aplenty to choose including Dartmouth castle and Bolts’ head & tail. The Earthworks above Dartmouth castle afford stunning views of the beautiful River Dart and coastline and provide a natural setting for children’s exploratory play. The Jeanneret Family, March 2018

Park at Beesands and take the coastal path to Hallsands and along to Startpoint Lighthouse. Nice pub at Beesands The Cricket Inn. Welland Family, March 2018

Visit nearby Salcombe and walk along the coast from here to the little beach where you’ll find The Winking Prawn beach cafe. You have to have the Super Hot Chocolate – it was amazing! Ms Gabriel, December 2017

Boat trips from Dartmouth to Greenway and the coastal trip were very good and commentary interesting, Great that all the boat trips are dog friendly. Isles Family, September 2017


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Local Events

  • Take a leisurely paddle in a two-man canoe on the Kingsbridge estuary with Singing Paddles, looking at the abundant bird life in the creeks, stop at a deserted beach to cook sausages on a wood burning stove, make hot drinks and eat cake. Dogs welcome too. Various dates.
  • Salcombe Crabfest is a celebration of crab and all things seafood with demonstration kitchens, crab pot making and music. 6 May 2018
  • Riverford Field Kitchen workshops will look at how to prepare, start and look after your own vegetable and herb garden. Run by the head gardener. 12 and 19 May
Dogs welcome in South Devon

Outdoors & Festivals

  • Woofstock UK is a festival all about dogs but with a twist! Woofstock UK is a festival by dogs for dogs – a family friendly day out. Being held for the first time in Devon, Woofstock takes place at Coronation Park in Dartmouth.  4 August 2018.
  • Dartmouth Royal Regatta always lives up to its reputation with superb competition and brilliant entertainment. 30 August – 1 September.
  • Kingsbridge Food & Music Festival is a three-day celebration  and will showcase local tastes and sounds in the waterside town square in Kingsbridge. 1 June – 3 June.
  • Dartington Food Festival with  local star chefs and local producers will showcase a true taste of Devon delights. 27 May – 28 May.
  • Sharpham Canoe Festival. Explore this scenic stretch of the River Dart by canoe, topped off with a gourmet riverside picnic opposite Sharpham Estate, using food and drink sourced from small independent local suppliers. From Longmarsh in Totnes 5 May, 16 June, 14 July.

Ways with Words, Dartington Hall, South Devon

Heritage, Art & Music

  • South Devon Railway invite you to join Thomas, the number one blue engine, for a train ride unlike any other. Thomas has come all the way from the Island of Sodor for a weekend of family fun. 5 May – 8 May.
  • Dartmouth Art & Craft Weekend  is being held in Royal Avenue Gardens, Dartmouth on Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th June, 10am-4pm.
  • Devon Guild of Craftsmen in Bovey Tracey hold the annual Contemporary Craft Festival bringing together 200 makers of contemporary crafts including award winning silversmiths, potters, furniture makers, textile artists, glass makers, jewellery,and 3D printing. 8 June – 10 June.
  • The annual three day Dart Music Festival is now in its 21st year. The event will be held from Friday 11th to Sunday 13th May 2018 in the port and town of Dartmouth, at the mouth of the River Dart.
  • Ways with Words Festival at Dartington Hall. For those who have an appetite for books the region’s biggest literary festival is just the ticket and a chance meet those who write them. 6 July – 16 July.
  • Guardians of the Reef at Salcombe Museum from April-October 2018 and a bespoke travelling display will tour local community festivals and events along the coast. This will include Crabfest in Salcombe and Paignton Harbour Festival.
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