Sailing in South Devon

South Devon Events & 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 . . .

Yes it is a tourist haven but Salcombe is attractive and the beaches opposite are excellent. Had an excellent meal in Dick and Wills. Geach Family, July 2017

Dartmouth,which is only about 8 miles from the cottage is a beautiful day out and well worth a visit. Louise, July 2017

Steam train from Dartmouth to Paignton very enjoyable, dogs welcome. We found the park and ride very useful, no worries about parking. Mr & Mrs Radford, June 2017

Start Point is very picturesque, we reveled in the history of Torcross and Slapton Sands. Salcombe is another gem to visit. Mr & Mrs Murdin, April 2017


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Wildlife & Nature

The Kingsbridge-Salcombe Ferry the Rivermaid, is still plying it’s way between the two towns, stopping off at creeks and doing a little birdwatching along the way. It’s a slow and relaxing method of travel. It will continue until mid-October and for more information visit their website. Some wildlife events are still on at the Field Study Centre in Slapton, just two miles from Dittiscombe, with wildlife watching outings and safaris in and around the freshwater lagoon, woodlands and fields near the village. The South Devon Area of Outstanding Nature Beauty have a selection of events from early bird breakfast walks with a ranger to apple juice and cider tasting tours.

Britannia Shellfish at Beesands

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. There are various beach cafes and shack: The Beachhouse at South Milton for a varied Mediteranean menu; The Gastrobus for fresh beach food especially good for hungry surfers; and Britannia on the Beach Cafe for the freshest fish in the area.

Family Days Out

Start Point Lighthouse, about 6 miles from Dittiscombe is situated on one of the most exposed peninsulas on the English Coast. You can visit the lighthouse and enjoy a guided tour organised by Trinity HouseSouth Devon Railway is one of South Devon’s best loved tourist attractions and is the longest established steam railway in the South West. Take a canoe trip with Singing Paddles on one of the gentle waterways near us, it’s always a favourite with any age group and is dog friendly too. Contact Dave on 

Watersports in South Devon

Outdoors & Sports

Stand Up Paddle boarding is a gentle way of moving along the rivers and estuaries in this area – book a session either with Waterborn, situated on the Kingsbridge estuary next to the Crabshell Inn, or Discovery Surf School at Bigbury-on-sea, TQ7 4AZ. Dust off those trainers and walking boots and get yourself onto the South West Coast Path for the UK’s most beautiful charity challenge! The South West Coast Path Challenge is back this October and aims to break the world record for the number of times the path is walked or run in one month.

Heritage, Art and Music

On 20th September join Devon Radio together with South Devon AONB staff to find out more about the wartime story of the area around Torcross and Beesands, and explore part of this spectacular coastline. A circular walk around 4 miles finishing with a short slide show, showing how the area has changed and the wartime activities during D Day practises. This walk will be part of Radio Devon’s Walk Devon series. 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. Talented local artists are exhibited at both Harbour House in Kingsbridge and Avon Mill Garden Centre near Loddiswell. The South Hams Arts Forum will be holding their annual Arts Trail from 14th – 29th October with 60 artists in 18 workshops and galleries exhibiting throughout the South Hams.

Agatha Christie's House, Greenway

Local Events, Houses & Gardens

The Kingsbridge Vintage Bus Running Day is back on Saturday 17th September. Its a free day out and an opportunity to travel the South Hams on classic buses. From the buses you will be able to see sights not possible from a car as you drive down the Devon lanes with high banks and hedgerows. More information here. Local National Trust houses and gardens Overbeck’s near Salcombe, Greenway near Dartmouth and Colyton Fishacre near Torquay are popular with our guests. You can find out more about events on the National Trust website. Read about Ruth’s visit to the exotic seaside garden of Overbeck’s on Ruth’s Blog Page.