Canoeing near Kingsbridge

South Devon Winter 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 . . .

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

Follow the winding narrow lanes and find some lovely villages. We have been to this area many times and it still retains its quaintness and seems a return to the past. Visit Bolberry and walk the coastal path and next to Bolberry is Hope Cove where you must have a cream tea at the Sun Bay Hotel. Delightful. Mr & Mrs Somerfield, September 2017 

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The Tower Inn, Slapton

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. There are some lovely venues for Christmas lunch this year: The Tradesmans Arms in Stokenham, The Village Inn in Thurlestone and the Sloop Inn at Bantham.

Starlings

Outdoors & Nature

Dave at Singing Paddles will be taking out adult and family groups for paddles at Bowcombe Creek throughout the Winter, and well-behaved dogs are also welcome on the safe two-man canoes. A free, but not guaranteed, spectacle of the gathering and murmuration of starlings can sometimes be seen at Slapton Ley, usually just before dusk between November and January.

South Devon Railway

Heritage & Art

There is always something fun going on at the South Devon Railway including with the weekend of 3-5 November featuring a popular diesel gala, with plenty of action for diesel fans, a bar on board and a visiting engine, with Santa by Steam starting on 9th December, booking essential. Talented local artists are exhibited at Harbour House in Kingsbridge on a regular basis, and Avon Mill Garden Centre will be hosting a Christmas Weekend on 18th and 19th November.