Enjoy a ‘Day on the Dart’ this summer in Dartmouth

By Vicky Rogers on January 8, 2016

#SummerinDartmouth

For families looking to enjoy the perfect holiday this summer in Dartmouth, why not spend a day exploring the River Dart? The main focal point of the picturesque town, this meandering waterway boasts stunning scenery and wildlife spotting opportunities galore. Whether you opt to hire a boat and cruise up the river, or prefer to sit back and relax on one of the Dartmouth Steam Railway and Riverboat Company excursions, there are many ways to see this stunning stretch of water.

Here is our guide to enjoying the perfect ‘Day on the Dart’, this summer in Dartmouth.

Morning fun…

#SummerinDartmouth Cafe Alf Resco
First things first – before you start exploring, breakfast is a must! Whether you are looking to enjoy a light breakfast of homemade granola, or something more filling to include local sausages, bacon and eggs, your holiday this summer in Dartmouth would not be complete without a trip to the popular Café Alf Resco. Renowned for their delicious bacon sandwiches and pastries, you won’t be disappointed!


After you have enjoyed a delicious breakfast, you will be ready to start exploring the River Dart! For the adventurous, hire a boat from Dartmouth Boat Hire Centre and head off on a self-guided tour of the river, visiting sites like Warfleet Creek, or journey up stream towards Sharpham, Tuckenhay and Totnes.  Or learn something new this summer in Dartmouth and head out for a half day tour of the river with Sea Kayak Devon. Perfect for families, groups or individuals of all abilities, the tour includes both equipment and tuition – a great way to really see the River Dart in all its glory!

#SummerinDartmouth - River Dart

Lunch on the River Dart
After all that exertion, you might fancy a spot of lunch. The Picnic Boat is a fabulous option, offering cruises for up to 12 people with various menus available, from ‘Seafood Heaven’ to ‘Westcountry Luxury Picnic’ feasts. Whether you are marking that extra special occasion this summer in Dartmouth, or are simply looking for a delicious meal in beautiful surroundings, the Picnic Boat is for you!

Afternoon antics
Are you someone who prefers sticking to dry land? Then why not see the River Dart from a different perspective? Jump aboard the steam train on the Dartmouth Steam Railway at Kingswear, and trundle along the water’s edge, spotting the birds and seals basking (if you are lucky!) along the way.  Alternatively, explore the stunning South West Coast Path by foot, leading to Dittisham, and admire the stunning views as you walk along the river this summer in Dartmouth.

‘Sundowners’ this summer in Dartmouth! 

#SummerinDartmouth Romantic views over the River Dart
Finish your ‘Day on the Dart’, with a well-earned glass of something chilled, whilst watching life on the water from one of the waterside restaurants. For a special treat, head to award-winning The Seahorse, run by celebrity chef Mitch Tonks, and sample some delicious fish caught off the Start Bay coastline. After all, a holiday during the summer in Dartmouth simply wouldn’t be complete without trying mouth-watering, locally caught crab!

For more inspiration and ideas for enjoying the perfect holiday this summer in Dartmouth, don’t forget to watch the film from Coast & Country Cottages #SummerinDartmouth. Featuring jaw-dropping footage of the River Dart, and of Dartmouth’s beautiful landmarks, popular restaurants and picturesque cobbled streets, the film will certainly help you plan your very own dream ‘Day on the Dart’!