10 Best Things To Do in the South Hams

Take a walk on the spectacular South West Coast Path

You’ll be spoilt for choice for fabulous walks in the South Hams, particularly the coastline between Dartmouth and Plymouth.  To fully enjoy the dramatic headlands, steep coastal valleys and pretty estuaries get your OS Landranger Maps 201 and 202, or borrow one from Dittiscombe.

Singing Paddles grroupGet on the water and kayak, paddle-board, surf or sail

Get a more intimate and close-up look at our beautiful coastline, estuaries, creeks and harbours.  We have three river estuaries to explore in the South Hams: the Avon river at Bantham and Bigbury; the Erme at Mothecombe and Wonwell; and the Dart between Totnes and Dartmouth. Various companies offer equipment hire, lessons and outings. Check out our local Tourist Information Centre.

Start Point Lighthouse south DevonVisit Start Point Lighthouse

Located at the tip of the most southerly point of Devon, Start Point Lighthouse has been guiding vessels for more than 150 years.  Take the 45 minute guided tour and climb the circular staircase to enjoy great views of Start Bay. Check their website for opening times.

ditfood1Don’t leave Devon without a cream tea

A great way to explore the villages and towns in the South Hams is by sampling the generous and freshly made portions of cream tea on offer in the cafes, restaurants and hotels of the South Hams.  Our Food & Drink page offers several venue suggestions.

South Devon RailwayGo back in time and take the steam train

Open all year round, the South Devon Steam Railway runs along the pretty valley of the River Dart between Totnes and Buckfastleigh. Complete a great day out pop into the Totnes Rare Breeds Farm or Dartmoor Otters & Buckfast Butterflies.

ditactivitiesgreenwayEnjoy a day out at Greenway, Agatha Christie’s home and garden

Overlooking the gentle Avon river near Dittisham, Agatha Christie’s home and dog-friendly garden is owned by the National Trust and recommended by many previous visitors to Dittiscombe. Arrive by car, vintage bus, steam train, or ferry!

ditslaptonview4-14A  car free day out and a walk to Slapton

Take the leafy green lanes and farmyard trails from Dittiscombe to Slapton village and Slapton Sands beach – map provided!

aaditbirdsstarlingsoct2-14Join a Dittiscombe Nature Walk

Enjoy learning about our local wildlife and how you can encourage it to your green space with a nature walk on site.


Take a leisurely ferry ride

Cruise downstream (or up) on one of the ferries which ply their way between either Salcombe and Kingsbridge, or Dartmouth and Totnes – just sitback and enjoy the beautiful views! All ferries are dog-friendly.

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