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 . . .

The walk to Slapton, as per Cottage information folder was great. The 3.5 mile round walk from East Prawle to Prawle Point was amazing. Eveleigh Family, October 2017

Dartmoor offers long lazy walks over the moors…our dogs loved it! Ferry trips to Dartmouth, which is more built up and great for gift shopping. The nature reserve in Slapton is also a beautiful walk with lots of wildlife to explore. Powell Family, October 2017

Trip via ferry from Dartmouth to Greenway and Coleton Fishacre, both NT, worth doing. Gynn Family, October 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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Aune Valley Cafe

Food & Drink

  • During your holiday you can buy local from our very own Kingsbridge Farmers’ Market which operates 1st & 3rd Saturdays every month in the Kingsbridge Town Square, or at Stokeley Farm Shop which is a 10 minute drive away.
  • Salcombe Crabfest is a celebration of crab and all things seafood. The event has demonstrations, crab picking tuition, commercial crab fishing talk, demonstration kitchen, crab pot making, music, wine tasting and much more! Special talks and live demos are on offer from renowned local chefs and food authors. 6th May in Salcombe.

Outdoors & Sport

  • Dave at Singing Paddles will be taking out adult and family groups for paddles from various locations throughout the year. Paddles often include some skills and hot sausage and drinks on a remote beach.  Well-behaved dogs are also welcome on the safe two-man canoes.
  • Endurance Life Coastal Trail series is for 10k runners up to Ultra Marathon runners. The 2018 run starts at East Prawle this year on Saturday 3rd February. More information and sign up on their website.

South Devon Railway

Heritage, Art & Music

  • There is always something fun going on at the South Devon Railway. 
  • Talented local artists are exhibited at Harbour House in Kingsbridge on a regular basis.
  • Devon Guild of Craftsmen in Bovey Tracey hold the annual Contemporary Craft Festival 8-10 June, bringing together 200 makers of contemporary craft including award winning silversmiths, potters, furniture makers, textile artists, glass makers, jewellery,and 3D printing.
  • 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.