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The Dart Valley Trail is one of South Devon’s most favoured walking routes, and this comes as no surprise. Around 16 miles long, the picturesque ramble follows the wooded banks of the stunning River Dart from Totnes to Dartmouth (or can be undertaken in reverse), and navigates a route that is jam-packed with gems and jewels of history. The River Dart itself passes through numerous picture perfect spots, from the heart of Dartmoor to peaceful South Hams villages such as Tuckenhay, Dittisham, and also the popular towns of Totnes and Dartmouth. The views are breathtaking, and on a clear day, you can see across to Dartmoor, and the craggy outline of Haytor, and oppositely, views sweep towards Torbay. What’s more, the route is peppered with excellent eateries, so expect to feast on some of the best local produce South Devon has to offer. With a selection of waterside cafes, cosy pubs, and even a vineyard to choose from, you won’t be dissapointed.

For those feeling energetic, the full route can be undertaken in a day (at a push!), but this will require a consistent, brisk pace, so be prepared. If you would rather complete the trail in smaller bitesize chunks, the Kingswear to Greenway section of the Dart Valley Trail is around four-and-a-half miles each way, the Dartmouth to Dittisham part is just shy of three miles, and the Dittisham to Totnes section eight-and-a-half miles. At Coast & Country Cottages, we love The Dart Valley Trail, so much so, that we often undertake various sections of the route. We’ve compiled the finer navigational details of the walks for you to enjoy:

Aside from walking, there are many alternative ways you can enjoy the River Dart. Take to the water and try kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, or jump in for an invigorating wild swim. If land based activities are preferred, the steam train and paddle steamer are popular options. For further inspiration on exploring, read our article on the different ways to enjoy the River Dart.

The Dart Valley Trail Holiday Cottages

At Coast & Country Cottages we have an enviable selection of holiday cottages that are perfectly located to enjoy the Dart Valley Trail. From beautiful riverside properties to chocolate box cottages nestled within sleepy South Hams villages, you can discover the Dart Valley Trail from your doorstep…

Explore our Dart Valley Trail self-catering holiday cottages:

Dittisham

Berry Cottage
Sleeping up to four adults, Berry Cottage is the ultimate waterfront retreat, and boasts stunning, uninterrupted views across the River Dart. Situated on the Quay, the former 19th Century fisherman’s cottage has been sympathetically refurbished to create a luxurious holiday home split over three levels. One small, well behaved dog is also welcome.

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Quay Cottage
Similarly, Quay Cottage sits on the quay at Dittisham and is in an enviable riverside location with uninterrupted views across the River Dart. The cottage oozes charm and character, and provides a cosy holiday home for up to four adults, two children and two well behaved dogs.

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Tuckenhay

The Stables
Set within a rural hamlet just outside of Tuckenhay, The Stables is a delightful converted stone barn that offers a haven of peace and tranquility year round. The cottage provides cosy holiday accommodation with a woodburning stove, and outside there is a sunny terrace and a pretty, well maintained garden to enjoy. Within close proximity to both Dittisham and Dartmouth, this is a perfect property for a family, or couples looking for a quiet base to explore the Devon countryside and the Dart Valley Trail.

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Kingswear

The Sail Loft
This delightful period property has recently been refurbished to an excellent standard, and enjoys wonderful views of the River Dart, Dartmouth and up-river towards Greenway, the former home of Agatha Christie. Both the Dart Valley Trail, and the South West Coast Path are a short walk from the property, offering immediate access to some of South Devon’s most stunning coastal scenery. Sleeping up to six adults, this is the perfect property for those looking to explore the Dart Valley as a family, or as a group.

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Dartmouth

22 Dart Marina
This beautiful second floor apartment enjoys panoramic windows providing stunning views over the River Dart. Offering wonderful accommodation for a couple or family, the Dart Marina development is a stunning range of luxury self catering properties situated on the edge of the River Dart. Best of all, guests also have complimentary use of the Dart Marina Health Spa, with indoor swimming pool, steam room, gym and jacuzzi, perfect for aching legs that have been pounding the Dart Valley Trail!

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Snapes Point Salcombe

South Devon is the ideal holiday destination for those with a passion for walking. In addition to the Dart Valley Trail, it’s home to a myriad of stunning walking routes that crisscross the region. With miles of spectacular coastline, woodland trails, riverside rambles and rolling countryside, South Devon is a walker’s haven.

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We’ve compiled a comprehensive walking guide for the region, so regardless of whether you want to wear hiking boots, flip-flops or wellies, there are numerous walking routes in South Devon to enjoy during your break.

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