Winter Wonderland: Enjoy A Break In Dartmouth

November 7th, 2013 | By Clare Levy

The entire South Devon area is a holidaymaker’s dream in the summer months. With dozens of beaches and hidden coves to explore and a huge variety of water-based activities, from sailing and scuba diving to windsurfing and fishing, those summer months are the prime time to visit the area. But there’s still plenty to do once the nights draw in and temperature dips a bit.

Book a stay in one of our Dartmouth holiday homes for the perfect winter break before the hubbub of the Christmas season starts. Although the number of tourists is lower than at the summer peak, Dartmouth doesn’t shut down for the winter. Here are some wonderful ideas on how to pass the time.

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All Aboard. Enjoy a picturesque trip on an old time steam engine with the Dartmouth Steam Railway and Riverboat Company. Nothing beats barrelling through the beautiful Devon countryside on board a steam train with the rolling fields zipping past. You can board the train at Kingswear and travel all the way to Paignton if you like, stopping off at various places of interest on the way. You can visit the historic Greenway House, go for a walk along the River Dart or stay on the train to Paignton and visit the zoo. Plus if you’re coming in December you can enjoy a glass of mulled wine to keep you warm on the trip back to your Dartmouth holiday home.

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Enjoy A Winter Stroll. There’s something magical about a winter walk. Make sure you bundle up in sensible clothes and head to nearby Slapton Sands. This beautiful stretch of beach runs along Slapton Ley, a fabulous nature reserve where you’ll be able to spot migrating and wintering birds. When you’ve enjoyed the views and worked up an appetite be sure to visit Slapton and grab a warming meal and drink from one of the village’s two pubs.

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Explore Dartmouth Castle. This must be one of the most beautifully situated castles in the world! Standing on the ramparts you get incredible views down the Dart estuary and you can picture old naval vessels cruising by with sheets unfurled. Originally built in 1388, Dartmouth Castle has evolved over the years and also includes its own chapel. There are fascinating exhibits inside to enjoy when the weather is inclement, and you can enjoy a cup of tea with cake or sandwiches in the riverside tea rooms before exploring the woodland walks that surround the castle.

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Walk Down Memory Lane. Dartmouth may be a small town, but it has a long and rich history, especially given its importance as a port in times gone by. You can learn all about Dartmouth by taking a trip to the Dartmouth Museum. This delightful museum is located in an old merchant’s house, and contains all manner of wonderful artifacts and curios relating to Dartmouth’s past. There are several different collections each covering a different aspect of Dartmouth, from the maritime to the domestic, and will let you see how Dartmouth has changed and developed over the years.

If you fancy a winter break then take a look at our Dartmouth holiday homes to make sure you have the perfect bolthole for your stay.