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Dittisham Harbour South Devon

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 to find out more…

A Guide to Dittisham South Devon

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Dittisham village

An image of Dittisham Quay and Harbour South Devon

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.

Things to do in Dittisham

Go crabbing on the pontoon

Young Girl Crabbing in Dittisham Devon

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:

  • Remember, not to use crab lines with hooks on the end.
  • Avoid overfilling the bucket, instead put some stones and seaweed in the base to create a more natural environment, to avoid the crabs getting too stressed.
  • Use bacon to bait the line (crabs LOVE bacon).

Explore Greenway

Exterior of Greenway House South Hams Devon

Take the ferry over to the beautiful Greenway Estate.

Currently owned by the National Trust, the house and gardens have had several 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.

Hire a boat, kayak or SUP

A family kayaking on the River Dart near Dittisham Devon

Dittisham Boats is situated on the pontoon by the Ferry Boat Inn. They offer a variety of self-drive motorboats to rent. Perfect for exploring the Dart!

They also offer single and double kayaks, as well as stand up paddleboards. A great way to spend an afternoon in Devon.

For prices, take a look at the Dittisham Boats website.

Take the ferry to Dartmouth

Dartmouth Harbour Dartmouth Devon

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.

Visit Sharpham’s Vineyard

Sharpham House and Vineyard Totnes Devon

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 wine and their own delicious cheese. Tour the vineyard to learn all about the growing process and book a wine or cheese tasting session.

At Sharpham 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.

Explore Totnes

Outside an Antique Shop Totnes Devon

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.

Places to eat in Dittisham

The Ferry Boat Inn

Commonly referred to as the FBI, this pub is easily distinguishable by its bright pink colour. A traditional local with an eclectic interior, the Ferry Boat Inn offers a range of drinks to be enjoyed with one of the best pub views in the South West.

The Anchorstone Cafe

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.

Places to stay in Dittisham, Devon

To help narrow down your holiday search, we have compiled a list of our top 4 cottages in Dittisham:

Dove Cottage (Ref. 976216)

Dove Cottage Dittisham Devon

  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Sleeps: 8
  • Bathrooms: 3
  • Pets: No

Bows (Ref. 978140)

Bows - places to stay in dittisham devon

  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Sleeps: 4
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Pets: No

The Tallet (Ref. 1003106)

The Tallet Holiday Cottage

  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Sleeps: 4
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Pets: No

Linney Cottage (Ref. 976128)

Linney Cottage

  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Sleeps: 5
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Pets: Yes

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Cottage Breaks in South Devon

At Helpful Holidays we have a fantastic range of holiday cottages in South Devon. Situated close to great attractions, beautiful beaches and the South West coast path.

Find your perfect holiday cottage for a getaway in South Devon or opt to stay in the idyllic Dittisham.

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