Call us on: 01707 246 666

RadDatePicker
RadDatePicker
Open the calendar popup.
RadDatePicker
RadDatePicker
Open the calendar popup.
Experience
Continent
Country


Exploring the Valley of the Dart 

Two jewels in Devon’s crown

The banks of the Dart slip quietly by to the sound track of water gently slapping on the bow and boat engine quietly throbbing away. The herds of Devon cows feasting on lush grass look up briefly. Their gaze is disinterested at best. Why bother with a cruise boat when there is all that grass to eat?

 

We start in Totnes with time to have a look around this historic town and walk in the Devon countryside. Our hotel is amongst the most distinctive historic buildings in town and an attraction in itself. Then we take the ferry that sails down the Dart.

 

Dartmouth, along with Kingswear across the river, is one of the most attractive towns in Devon. From the hotel we can see the multitude of yachts, fishing boats and ferries that add a hugely colourful dimension to the town; the maritime influence is everywhere. We explore inland to the accompaniment of whistles from the steam engines that run the local trains and out to the sea a short distance from town.

Activity Level
alt
You enjoy being outdoors in the fresh air, communing with nature and discovering the world at a relaxed pace. Short countryside strolls or sightseeing on foot make you feel good. You enjoy cities with art and culture and like to develop an interest in your surroundings. You are reasonably fit and healthy. No previous experience is required.



YOUR STORY STARTS HERE ...

Please select a departure date







  • Dates, Prices & Holiday Information Sheet (PDF)
    Quarterly Filter :
    Select Departure Date

    Date
    Nights
    Grades
    Depart From
    More Info
    Status
    Price From
    Date
    18 Sep 2017
    Nights
    5
    Grades
    Level A
    Depart From
    No travel to/from holiday
    More Info
    Status
    Available
    Price From
    £750
  • Itinerary & Map
    18 Sep 2017 - 23 Sep 2017

    Day 1 - Totnes
    Plan to arrive at the Royal Seven Stars Hotel in Totnes at about 4pm. If taking the train the hotel is about a 10 minute walk from the station but we recommend you take a taxi as it is not an easy walk. If driving please see the later section on parking options. The hotel is situated at the bottom of the high street so it is easy to find your way around town. Outside the hotel the pavement café is an ideal place to watch the world go by and get a feel of the place.

    Day 2 - Totnes
    Totnes and rural Devon. We will spend the morning enjoying the attractions of the town before walking off into the countryside to enjoy rural Devon in the afternoon.

    Day 3 - Dartmouth
    The dock for the ferry is a gentle 10 minute walk from the hotel. We will stroll down whilst our baggage will be taken for us. The trip down the Dart is a lovely ride. Keep a look out for little villages, Stoke Gabriel and Dittisham in particular, Agatha Christie’s house at Greenways which we will visit again later in the week and the bird life, particularly waders on the mud flats. We have plenty of time; the trip takes 90 minutes and you can get a cup of tea on board. Schedules are subject to tides but we expect to arrive in Dartmouth for a late lunch. The hotel is close to the dock so we can walk. The afternoon can be spent enjoying the town.

    Day 4 - Dartmouth
    Today is the day for our first taste of the sea. Although the open sea is visible from Dartmouth it is another mile along the river to get there. On today’s walk we combine a visit to the historic Dartmouth Castle (an English Heritage property) with a walk out to the cliffs for stunning views along the coast. A pair of binoculars is useful to spot the sea birds, hopefully including gannets hunting off the coast. Please note tonight we will eat out in a Dartmouth restaurant to add variety to the holiday.

    Day 5 - Dartmouth
    We take the lower ferry across the river from Dartmouth to Kingswear and walk along the river inland, accompanied by the sound of steam whistles from the steam railway that runs next to the path, to Greenways, the former home to Agatha Christie, now beautifully preserved by the National Trust. Entrance is not included but we can easily make time for those that would like to visit. We have options on return journey. There is a ferry that runs back to Dartmouth or we can retrace our steps along the river and get the higher ferry back to Dartmouth for variety.

    Day 6 - -
    Departure after breakfast.


  • Accommodation

    We stay at the Royal Seven Stars Hotel in Totnes for two nights and stay on a half board basis. For the next three nights we stay at the Royal Castle Hotel in Dartmouth. Both are beautiful historic buildings in the heart of the towns, ideally located for exploring and offer excellent accommodation and food. The Royal Castle is listed in the Good Beer Guide as serving an excellent pint and has an equally good reputation for food and hospitality. We stay here on a half board basis for two nights and we have dinner in a local Dartmouth restaurant on the other night.

  • What's Included

    Holiday Price Includes:

    • Half board accommodation with dinner in hotels and one in a local restaurant. 
    • Services of a dedicated tour leader.
    • Transfer between the hotels by boat down the river.

    Supplement for single room: £175


  • Holiday Highlights

    Holiday Highlights:

    • The south Devon countryside slipping by as we sail the Dart.
    • The view to the sea from Dartmouth Castle.
    • A pint in the bar at The Royal Castle.
    • The market in Totnes. Lots of local produce from the fertile local fields.

  • Holiday Photo Gallery
    Main Image
  • Private Group Enquiry

    Planning a holiday for a group? For a quote or to simply enquire about the possibility of booking this holiday for your Walking Group please fill out the enquiry form below and our dedicated Private Group Department will get in touch with you shortly to discuss your options.

    TITLE *
     

     
     
     
     
     
     




Activity Level
alt
You enjoy being outdoors in the fresh air, communing with nature and discovering the world at a relaxed pace. Short countryside strolls or sightseeing on foot make you feel good. You enjoy cities with art and culture and like to develop an interest in your surroundings. You are reasonably fit and healthy. No previous experience is required.



YOUR STORY STARTS HERE ...

Please select a departure date







YOU MAY ALSO LIKE




 
Email Us