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 . . .

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

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


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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. Also in July and August a rare opportunity to paddle on Slapton Ley and get a close-up look at this special area of water. List of July paddles here: List of August paddles here. Call or text Dave on 07754 426633.
  • Kingsbridge Fair Week. Fun for all the family with live music, a grand carnival procession and much more. 21-28 July
  • British Firework Championships at Plymouth Hoe: two evenings of entertainment culminating in spectacular fireworks displays from six companies seeking the coveted title of British Firework Champions. 8th and 9th August.
  • 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.
Dogs welcome in South Devon

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 weekend now, and then every day throughout the Summer holidays.
  • 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.
  • 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 14 July.
  • 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.

Heritage, Art & Music

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Dartmouth Shakespeare Week This year the Inn Theatre Company will return to Dartmouth Castle to perform the blassic comedy A midsummer Night’s Dream. 24-28 July.

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