The sunny side of the River Dart!
Kingswear is a very good starting point for walking along the coast or discovering the Dart Valley Trail. The steam train from Paignton terminates at Kingswear station with a quick hop across the river on the passenger ferry (just a 5min crossing) and a Royal Dart Yacht Club is a very short walk from the terminus.
There are some great walks from Kingswear including the South West Coast Path to Brixham - about 10 miles and very steep in places (great for the fit among us!). The walk along the river to the Higher Car Ferry to Dartmouth is about a mile but completely flat (if narrow).
Kingswear Castle sits squarely on the rocks perilously close to the sea and can be rented out for a truly coastal retreat for a week or two - and Coleton Fishacre National Trust Property makes for a lovely day out with beautiful gardens and Art Deco house.
Plenty of accommodation, a couple of great friendly pubs and a slower pace of life than that over the water in Dartmouth, make Kingswear a great base for all types of holiday.
Take a walk to the late Agatha Christie estate, Greenway House & Garden. It's a moderate walk of 4.5 miles and views of the estuary can be enjoyed as you pass though woodland, farm fields and the Greenway Estate itself. When you're done at Greenway hop across the river on the ferry (ring the bell to alert the skipper of the little ferry!), enjoy a spot of lunch or a pint at the Ferry Boat Inn, right on the water's edge.
Another house and garden to visit is the stunningly situated Coleton Fishacre (again, run by the National Trust). This home was built in 1926 for the theatrical D'Oyly Carte's, who saw the beautiful valley from the sea whilst sailing the coastline, fell in love and determined that the site was perfect for their home. They entertained in style and indulged their appetite for the great outdoors. The library houses a working wind dial which indicated good sailing weather, and the bell on the side of the house which could be rung to call the family in from the cove at the bottom of the garden at meal times. A board in the hallway was updated daily by the staff to indicate the time of high tides so they knew when to make their way down to the private cove at the foot of the estate. A steep climb back up though!
There is a large car park at Darthaven Marina (TQ6 0SG) with spaces available for use by berth holders, visitors and general public alike. The car park operates a Pay & Display system and payment can be made by cash, card, contactless or mobile App RingGo. For any enquiries please call 0845 862 1034.
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