River & Coast
The River Dart
Walk along the harbourside and check out the little booths, where you can book trips up the river to the lovely village of Dittisham or to Agatha Christie’s house at Greenwasy. Or go further up the ever-narrowing and serene river to Sharpham House and Vineyards or further still to the delightful town of Totnes – it’s twinned with Narnia and that’s a clue to what you’ll find! On the way, you’ll see the thriving river life – Cormorants, Little Egrets and if you’re lucky Otters and Seals.
The Heritage Coast
Try a sea trip on the historic ex-naval vessel, the Fairmile out to long golden expanses of Slapton Sands and Torcross and hear about the WW2 evacuation of the local villages and the disasters that befell the thousands of American troops who died on these sands and off this coast. Other vessels will take you further to the picturesque yachting haven of Salcombe.
Take the boat past the pre-Cambrian cliffs of Bolt Head to the quaint fishing village of Brixham or on to Torquay for a taste of the traditional English seaside. Or hire Falcon or one of the other private hire boats for a unique and personal wildlife tour, fishing trip or diving adventure, with your Captain as a experienced and expert guide.
Bring Your Own Boat
If you’ve a day boat and trailer, you can launch off the Public Slipway next to the Higher Ferry on the Dartmouth side. If you’ve a small sailing boat or a giant yacht you’ve plenty of choices where to moor up. On the Dartmouth side there’s overnight mooring on the Town Quay, or you might be able to pick up a visitors bouy on the trots. Upstream of the Higher Ferry, there’s Dart Marina. On the Kingswear side there’s Dart Haven marina or further upstream the Noss Marina. All the marinas have good facilities and if you need help, you can find every kind of marine artisan to fit, fix and beautify your boat.