Picnics on the beach in South Hams

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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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. Bats and bioluminscence, hot sausage tours and more! For a list of paddles here. Call or text Dave on 07754 426633.
  • 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.
  • Pennywell Dark Skies Event – an evening of guided star gazing suitable for all ages. Tickets include a hot dinner, tractor ride, and guided star gazing through telescopes and sky charges. Pennywell Farm, Buckfastleigh, 20th October.

Outdoor Activities

  • 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.
  • Beach Activitiy Trailer, all through September every weekend, visit the trailer parked at Torcross and find out about the local flora and fauna of the National Nature Reserve at Slapton Ley.
  • Fungal Foray. Take a guided stroll through the autumn woodlands of the Slapton Ley Field Studies Centre with the Reserve Ranger • 20th October Free but booking essential on 07967497624. Slapton Ley Field Centre.

South Devon Railway

Heritage, Art & Music

  • 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.
  • The South Devon Railway is holding a weekend of Models & Miniatures in celebration of all things model and miniature. It will include trains, road vehicles and ship, fine scale engineering and much loved toys. Trains run each day. 28 – 30 September at Buckfastleigh Station.
  • The Flying Scotsman arrives will steam through Totnes (approx 30 minutes from Dittiscombe) on her maiden journey into Cornwall. 4th October, Totnes Station.
  • South Hams Arts Forum start their Arts Trail, one of the biggest art events in the South Hams. An annual event with approximately 60 SHAF artists participating, exhibiting and selling in over 18 venues across the South Hams. 13 – 29 October. Download the brochure here. 
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