Sandcastles and snorkels, beachcombing and bodyboarding
Beyond the gently rolling South Hams hills find sandcastles and snorkels, beachcombing and bodyboarding. Try sailing, kayaking, gastro-pubbing or just pottering in Dartmouth.
Sandcastles and Surfing
Spend the day at the beach.
Set in a sheltered bay surrounded by evergreens and pines, Blackpool Sands is an award winning family beach that offers so much. With sand pits, a bathing raft, the famous Venus beach cafe and shop. Hire a wetsuit and snorkel and try your hand at surfskiing, kayaking or boogie boarding.
Slapton Sands is a picturesque and popular beach with some of the UK’s rarest flora and fauna, great for young explorers. Try surfing, windsurfing and canoeing.
Challaborough is a small beach that has great waves and is popular among surfers and body boarders all year round.
Dartmouth is a haven for water sports, with lovely sandy beaches too. You can enjoy the buzz of the village, go canoeing, kayaking, sailing or windsurfing.
Explore Dartmouth Castle, guarding the Dart Estuary for over 600 years. It’s one of the most picturesquely sited fortresses in England.
Overbecks Museum and Garden has lovely exotic gardens. Explore the banana garden, meander through the towering purple echiums or relax beneath palms.
Enjoy a day of fun for all the family at Woodlands Leisure Park. There is an excellent variety of indoor and outdoor playzones for all ages and around 500 animals at the Zoo and a superb Falconry Centre.
For the Grown Ups
Dartmouth is a lively, colourful seaside town. One of the smartest in England. Narrow streets house boutique shops, art galleries and delicatessens. Farmers’ markets supply the local gourmet restaurants, pubs and cafes. Sweet shops sell the most delicious fudge.
Dartmouth is a mecca for yachts and sailing. Charter a yacht for the day, take a picnic and explore the South Devon coast.
You’ll find great gastro-pubs and restaurants close by. Mitch Tonks has a fantastic seafood restaurant in Dartmouth, The Seahorse, for top class dining right on the river. And possibly the best fish and chip shop anywhere, Rockfish Seafood and Chips. A must! Or visit Sharpham Vineyard and Winery, set in a stunning location on the banks of the River Dart. Sample the award winning red & white wines & cheese.
If you would like to indulge in some beauty and health pampering our expert beauty therapists offer a full range of treatments. Get all the luxury of a visit to a five star spa in the comfort of your own seaside escape.