Rivermaid Ferry from Kingsbridge to Salcombe

South Devon Highlights

Dittiscombe – your perfect base in South Devon

Dittiscombe Hills Estate & 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. Scroll down to find inspiration for things to do during your stay from the list of highlights and upcoming events below.

You can visit the Tourist Information Centres in Kingsbridge and Dartmouth to get some local advice, or call Ruth or Jon who will be able to advise you about local events and activities and help you with booking if required.

Local Events

  • Candlelit Dartmouth 29 – 30 November in Dartmouth. Highlight is the atmospheric lantern procession through the town on Saturday evening.
  • Experience Totnes at its finest on Tuesday evenings in December. The town’s Late Night Shopping events run from 3.30-9.30pm on 3rd, 10th and 17th. Craft vendors mix with late night opening shops and cafes. Great atmosphere!
  • South Devon Railway at Staverton Santa by Steam on the following dates: 7, 8, 14, 15, 18 & 24 December. Find out more from their website.
Canoeing with Singing Paddles on Slapton Ley

Activities & Crafts

  • Take a leisurely group paddle in a two-man canoes with Dave of  Singing Paddles, looking at the abundant wildlife on the creeks and rivers of the South Hams. Special events include bat identification using bat detectors and finding bioluminescence in the water. Call or text Dave on 07754 426633.
  • 9K Night Run in January, in partnership with Cotswold Outdoor. This event is about having fun at your own pace, meeting new people, exploring East Soar after dark and raising funds for our ongoing conservation work. 25th January.
  • The Gallery at Avon Mill invites you to the ‘Meet the Maker & Festive Weekend’ on 8th, 9th and 10th November from 10am. Meet Devon based artisans and enjoy a free glass of prosecco. Free parking and dogs welcome!

Food & Drink

  • Christmas Market at The Oyster Shack  near Bigbury. Pop the date in your diary – 30th November.
  • Kingsbridge Celebrates Christmas with a festive day on 9th December. Stalls are open all day along Fore Street selling Christmas treats, gifts and cards. Freshly cooked street food and Santa’s arrival!
  • Meet ‘Provident’ a 450 litre copper pot still at Salcombe Gin Distillery on 18th December at 2.30. There will be a tutored tasting of four gins, and a tour.
  • Brixham Fish Market

    The Brixham fish market tour was admittedly an early start (tour starts 05:50am so early wake up call) but it’s very interesting & a good part of the £15 pp ticket price goes to the fishermen’s mission & includes breakfast after the tour. The round robin steam train, boat from Dartmouth was a great day out we did the boat first & returned on the train which was less busy on a warm day. Mr & Mrs Loughridge, April 2019

  • The National Trust

    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 Steam Railway

    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

  • Coastal Walks

    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