by Emily Crane
Day Out Guides
Dittisham is often regarded as one of South Devon’s hidden gems.
The unspoilt village lies on the edge of the River Dart, just a short distance from Dartmouth and Totnes, surrounded by lush green countryside. With lots to offer, including plenty of attractions in the nearby area, Dittisham makes a great place to stay or visit.
Read on for our Guide to Dittisham.
Known to the locals as ‘Ditsum’, this lovely village consists of winding lanes lined with picture-perfect cottages and pretty gardens, leading to the water’s edge. There is a village church, a shop, pub and cafe. A pontoon stretches out into the river, lined with colourful boats that bob with the tide.
The town of Dartmouth is just a short drive, or ferry ride along the river from Dittisham. Further inland is the quirky market town of Totnes, both of which offer a number of shops and places to eat, as well as interesting local history.
Pack up the buckets and crab lines and find a spot on Dittisham’s pontoon. The section of the River Dart is a great location for catching lots of little crabs.
Our top crabbing tips:
Take the ferry over to the beautiful Greenway Estate. Currently owned by the National Trust, the house and gardens have had a number of illustrious owners and guests, including Agatha Christie and Sir Walter Raleigh. Take a seat in one of the deck chairs on the lawn, enjoying the tranquil atmosphere, or follow the path through the gardens to Raleigh’s boathouse and enjoy the views of the Dart.
For opening hours and more information, check the National Trust website.
Dittisham Boats is situated on the pontoon by the Ferry Boat Inn. They offer a variety of self-drive motorboats and sailers to rent – perfect for exploring the Dart! They also offer single and double kayaks to rent, as well as stand up paddleboards.
For prices, take a look at the Dittisham Boats website.
The historic town of Dartmouth lies half an hour’s ferry ride from Dittisham and offers plenty to do and see. Enjoy the views from the water, then take some time to explore Dartmouth. Wander through the narrow streets, browsing independent boutiques and art galleries. Enjoy a pastry from Saveurs or some fish and chips by the harbour. Walk past the historic Warfleet Creek on your way to Dartmouth Castle, an artillery fort built in the 1380s.
Part of the historic Sharpham Estate, Sharpham Vineyard lies 6 miles further inland from Dittisham, on the banks of the River Dart. It is a working farm and vineyard that produces not only wine but their own delicious cheeses. Tour the vineyard to learn all about the growing process, and book a wine or cheese tasting. At Sharpham’s they also have a fantastic cafe with great views across the vines and of the river.
To book a tour or tasting, take a look at the Sharpham Vineyard website.
Totnes is often regarded as one of the most eccentric towns in Britain. The main high street runs from the banks of the River Dart up to the ruined castle at the top of the hill. Along this street, you will find plenty of independent boutiques, galleries and cafes, as well as shops selling quirky vintage, antiques, records, ethical products and new-age goods. Wander along the picturesque riverside, explore the motte and bailey castle and visit the famous Brutus Stone.
Commonly referred to as the FBI, this pub is easily distinguishable by its bright pink colour. A traditional local with an eclectic interior, the FBI offers a range of drinks to be enjoyed with one of the best pub views in the South West.
Thanks to its incredible location, wonderful views and delicious menu, its no wonder that the Anchorstone Cafe is one of the most popular places to eat in the area! We definitely recommend booking, especially in peak seasons.
To help narrow down your holiday search, we have compiled a list of our top 5 cottages in Dittisham:
If you like the look of Dittisham then why not take a look at some of the other beautiful towns and villages in this collection of South Devon cottages.
Images Courtesy of: David Hawgood, Derek Voller (CC BY-SA 2.0);
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