Stoke Fleming is a coastal village a ten minute drive to Dartmouth and less than 1 mile from Blackpool Sands, a Blue Flag beach which is one of the best known beaches in Devon, offering a good variety of water sports and The Venus Cafe on the beach is open all year round from breakfast time to evening meals (times vary according to the season). Stoke Fleming village has a well stocked village shop and Post Office and a traditional 16th century pub, The Green Dragon, offering local ales and food. Strete is a small coastal village sitting high on the cliffs between Blackpool Sands and Slapton Sands, just four miles from Dartmouth. Strete is well served by a good village shop and Post Office, The Laughing Monk Restaurant and The Kings Arms, both well-known for good food. The South West Coastal Footpath runs through Stoke Fleming and Strete and offers panoramic sea views across Start Bay looking towards Beesands, Hallsands and Start Point.
Dartmouth Golf and Country Club is located 4 miles from Dartmouth and approx 8 miles from Totnes. The Club offers two exceptional golf courses; the 18 hole Championship course was selected by “Golf Monthly” as one of the top 80 golf courses in Great Britain and Ireland, and a 9 hole Club Course. The Lakeside Health and Leisure Club, a tennis court, bar and bistro are some of the excellent facilities available. Dartmouth Golf and Country Club is ideally situated for exploring the area from the sea to the moor. Blackpool Sands Blue Flag beach is just a 15 minute drive away and children will enjoy the thrills and spills of the Woodland Leisure Park which is only a stone's throw away.
Totnes is situated on the beautiful river Dart halfway between the wilds of Dartmoor and the estuary at Dartmouth. Totnes is a traditional market town dating back to Saxon times with a wealth of architectural and cultural heritage. The town is guarded by the classic Norman motte and bailey of Totnes Castle, administered by English Heritage and open to the public. Totnes has a thriving market on Fridays and Saturdays and the town centre has a wonderful selection of individual shops, places to eat and traditional inns. For visitors using public transport Totnes has a mainline railway station with fast services to London and good links via coach and bus throughout the local area.
East Prawle is Devon's most southerly village on a beautiful upspoilt headland. The Pigs Nose Inn is wonderful old pub full of character and serves food. There is a seasonal village shop - The Piglet Stores and Cafe. There are lovely coastal walks leading to secluded coves and Prawle Point lookout station. A short drive takes you to the sandy Mill Bay and East Portlemouth beach on the Salcombe Estuary, great for children with rock pools at low tide and dinghy sailing, a passenger ferry runs to and fro to Salcombe from East Portlemouth all year round.
Dartmouth a historic maritime port is situated at the mouth of the river Dart. Home to the Britannia Royal Naval College, a commanding building which overlooks the whole town and river. The town has a nautical charm and fascinating history, reflected in its architecture, including the well-known Butterwalk, Bayards Cove. Dartmouth is well known for its choice of excellent restaurants, especially The Seahorse and Rockfish run by celebrity chef, Mitch Tonks. The pretty town streets house a unique collection of galleries and individual shops. Kingswear is on the Eastern side of the estuary overlooking Dartmouth and has a well stocked village shop and Post Office and a selection of pubs. An ideal location for holidays without a car, there are good transport links to Brixham and Torbay. The heritage steam railway runs seasonally to Paignton, following the river and coast. There are passenger and car ferries across to Dartmouth running all year round.
Chillington village is situated midway between Slapton Sands and the market town of Kingsbridge. Ideally located for exploring this southern tip of South Devon with access to unspoilt sandy coves and creekside villages with traditional country pubs known for their good food and great atmosphere. The nearby town of Kingsbridge, known as the 'capital' of the South Hams, sits at the head of the Salcombe estuary. There are scenic boat cruises from Kingsbridge down to the popular sailing mecca of Salcombe and a myriad of walking trails through the countryside and along the coast.
Beeson is pretty rural hamlet just half a mile from the sea at Beesands. Beesands was once a thriving fishing village and a few fishing boats remain. Home to Britannia Shell Fish where you can buy Start Bay Crabs and other locally caught fish. The local pub The Cricket Inn is the focal point of the community, has a well known restaurant a recommended stopping off point for lunch when walking the south West Coast Path. The beach here is very peaceful and dog friendly, Behind the beach lies Widdicombe Ley where the rare Curl Bunting and numerous waterbirds are prominent.
The ancient village of Dittisham surrounded by glorious countryside and the river Dart running by makes a lovely spot for a self catering holiday at any time of year. The dinghy pontoon on the Dittisham Quay will provide children with endless fun crabbing and just along the river bank is The Ham, an open green space with swings and lots of room to play and have a picnic. Right on the Dittisham quayside are the Ferry Boat Inn and the Anchorstone Cafe, both serving excellent local produce. There is a village shop and Post Office operating within the Red Lion Inn at the top of Dittisham. Dittisham is situated at the widest part of the River Dart making it an ideal place for learning to sail and many families return year after year to mess about in boats. Dittisham has two sailing schools for lessons and boat hire.
Hidden away in it's own little valley close to The River Dart between Totnes and Dittisham is the village of Cornworthy, The Dart Valley Trail is easily accessible with lovely walks beside the river bank and surrounding woodland. The Hunters Lodge in the village is a well known pub, known amongst visitors and locals for good food. On the edge of the village standing alone in a field is the remains of the gatehouse to an Augustinian Priory dating from 1231.