Beesands coast path walk

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 . . .

Great for coastal walking, nearby towns of Dartmouth, Salcombe and Kingsbridge are well worth a visit. We also found Greenway Agatha Christie’s holiday home now owned by the National Trust an interesting place to visit, as well as the house there are large gardens to explore. Mr & Mrs Heywood, July 2018

The South Devon Steam Railway is not far and is located near Totnes where there are also two English Heritage Castles. A visit to Dartmouth and pretty Salcombe is recommended. John & Sue, June 2018

A good number of coastal walks within the area. Agatha Christie’s summer home at Greenways nearby – a steam train ride, walk or ferry trip from Dartmouth. Excellent area for dog walks. If you are a National Trust member lookout for NT car parks along the coastal paths. Mr & Mrs Rigney, May 2018

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Kingsbridge Vintage Bus Running Day

Local Events

  • Take a leisurely group paddle in a two-man canoes with Dave of  Singing Paddles, looking at the abundant wildlife on the creeks rivers of the South Hams. Also during August there is a rare opportunity to paddle on Slapton Ley and get a close-up look at this special area of water. List of August paddles here. Call or text Dave on 07754 426633.
  • Rails & Ales Gala hosted by the South Devon Railway is a great family day out with steam and heritage diesel services every day and into the evening, with our famous real ale festival at Staverton station, near Dartington.  24 – 27 August.
  • The Dartmouth Food Festival is back with a delicious mix of local food and drink, chef demonstrations, workshops, food debates and fun for all. Set in the beautiful estuary town of Dartmouth in the South Hams. 19 21 October. Free entry.
  • Vintage Bus Running Day from Kingsbridge Bus Station. Ride on a range of vintage vehicles to spectacular coast and country destinations all around Kingsbridge and the South Hams. All day between 10am and 5.30pm on 16th September.
Watersports at Bantham, South Hams

Outdoors & Festivals

  • Beach Activity Trailer, run by the local Environmental Centre at Slapton, is located at Torcross car park. Discover more about Slapton Ley National Nature Reserve with fun activities, crafts and trails. • Free Entry • Sensible outdoor clothing, footwear and sun cream are recommended for all activities. • No booking required. Open every day throughout the Summer holidays
  • Nourish Festival in Bovey Tracey (about 30 mins from Dittiscombe) where the main street will be filled with great Westcountry food and drink producers, music, and crafts. 1st September.
  • South West Outdoor Festival at East Soar Farm, Salcombe, Wild weekend organised by the National Trust with camping, kayaking, archery, paddleboarding and wild food foraging included in a day rate. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/SWOF 5-7 October.

Heritage, Art & Music

  • Summer Show of the Devon Guild of Craftsmen. A tradition every summer for over 60 years, selected Members exhibit as a collective showcasing the best contemporary craft from across the South West.  At the Guild’s centre in Bovey Tracey 14 July – 2 September.
  • Dartmouth Royal Regatta always lives up to its reputation with superb competition, brilliant entertainment and a packed three-day programme of sailing, sports, live music, street food, fireworks and more. 30 August – 1 September.
  • 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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