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It has been over a thousand years since Devon maritime settlers first began carving this deep river port into the banks of the River Dart and since that time the historic town of Dartmouth has remained dependent on the river and the sea. A stunning medieval town with narrow cobbled streets and overhanging houses, Dartmouth has managed to keep up with the times and offers today’s visitor an impressive choice of things to do and see.

The beautiful fishing port is a popular boating centre hosting the world famous Dartmouth Royal Regatta every August and is also home to The Britannia Royal Naval College. The River Dart is a place of wonder’ flanked by ancient woodlands, picturesque villages and vineyards. The popular 1970s TV series ‘The Onedin Line’ was shot in the area and you can enjoy a leisurely pleasure boat ride to revisit Sunday afternoon memories and meet the colony of grey seals.

For none sailors there are lovely clean beaches, fascinating coastal walks, the Castle and National Trust Gardens. The town has a bustling centre with vibrant market place, gourmet restaurants, busy pubs and cafes. There is accommodation to suit all choices and, as you would expect from one of Devon’s premier tourist areas excellent hospitality and good service everywhere you go. Is it any wonder they call Dartmouth the jewel of South Hams?


Home of the Royal Dart Yacht Club, the lovely village of Kingswear is perched on the opposite bank of the river to Dartmouth only a short ferry trip away. 19th century villas overlooking panoramic views of the village’s historic neighbour hide winding streets lined with friendly shops, traditional pubs and fine restaurants. On the outskirts of the village stands the 15th century castle and to really complete the feeling that one has travelled back in time, Kingswear is also the terminus for the Paignton and Dartmouth Steam Railway. With beautiful walks only moments away, an inherent love for art and music and genuine flair for hospitality, Kingswear is an ideal place from which to explore the surrounding area.


Officially one of the UK’s Most Unique Destinations, the beautiful village of Dittisham nestles on the banks of the River Dart. With picture book cobble built cottages, friendly locals and distinctly laid back atmosphere it is impossible not to fall in love with the place. Whether sailing leisurely along the river, fishing for crabs in the harbour, savouring the gastronomic delights of the local restaurants or enjoying a traditional pint of ale in good company one cannot help but be struck by the feeling of absolute tranquillity. For those seeking warm welcomes, great character, gob smacking beauty and the too often illusive magic to be found in a traditional British holiday, Dittisham comes heartily recommended.

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The picturesque villages of Newton Ferrers and Noss Mayo lie on each side of the secluded Yealm River. A couple of pubs (the Swan and the Ship are in Noss Mayo and Newton Ferrers is home to the Dolphin.) There is also the welcoming Yealm Yacht Club, a few Shops and the Post Office are located in Newton Ferrers. The Harbour Office and showers are located at the bottom of the Yealm Steps at the inner end of the main dinghy pontoon. At the outer end of this pontoon is a water supply. There are three visitors swinging moorings. The first is located between Misery Point and Warren Point and will take a 60' / 25 ton displacement boat. There are 2 more swinging moorings on the south side of the channel opposite the Spit Bouy which can take up to three yachts each. There is a Visitor's pontoon in the Pool which can take around twenty yachts and a further Visitor's pontoon upstream off West Shore which provides about twenty berths. A two knot tide can run at various states of tide so some care should be taken when mooring.
Anchorages can be found in the entrance to the river and at Cellar Bay. The River Yealm can become busy at weekends in the high season. On these occasions when the visitor's moorings are full it is possible to pick up an empty private mooring but his is at your own risk and you must seek approval from the Harbour Master before you leave your boat. The Harbour Master and his staff are on the river from early in the morning to late in the evening fro April to October. The Harbour Master can be contacted by telephone on 01752 872533
Comments (5)
07/03/2018 @ 12:05 pm
Sarah & Rob Green
Really useful information for people visiting Dartmouth. Well set out and easy to navigate.
24/04/2016 @ 4:04 pm
Harbourguides Crew
We are now in the process of updating our Dartmouth and Kingswear guide Gaz and Nicky.
17/03/2016 @ 3:27 pm
Gaz and Nicky
I see you are updating the Salcombe and Plymouth guides, when is this guide due to be updated? We are sailing round here in June. will it be updated by then?
29/07/2013 @ 12:03 pm
Debs Roger and kids
We have had the most wonderful time at the Royal Castle Hotel..Dont normally write in to these internet posts, but would just like other people to share the experience we had.
25/10/2012 @ 11:37 am
former berth holder
Darthaven Marina is a lovely marina with good facilities and services. I realise this more now than ever as i am currently berthed elsewhere..will be back.
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Business Reviews (31)
07/07/2018 @ 8:51 am
Stephenson Marine by Kevin Rivett
Absolutely brilliant service and only place in the world that had the part.

The new part provided critical to cooling of engine and arrived in break neck time.

Lovely communication and great people to deal with.

Thanks So Much.

28/06/2018 @ 10:56 am
Optimum Marine Surveys by John Heale
I recently used the services of Optimum Marine to carry out a survey of my vessel. Oli Byles carried out the survey and I found the service professional, informative and courteous. I would recommend this company. John Heale
27/06/2018 @ 3:33 am
Berry Head Hotel by Dawn & Dereck Hook
Booked the in-laws in here again this July. They absolutely loved it last year as they are now getting a bit old to be staying on the boat. Great alternative.
24/06/2018 @ 4:37 pm
The Seale Arms by jason & Kelly
Our favourite pub. Lovely short walk from the actual harbour. Great for watching the footie or any other sporting events
19/06/2018 @ 9:59 am
Anzac Street Bistro by Fransisco crew
Nice little restaurant ideal location in the little town/village. good food and service, and they have accommodation too.
19/06/2018 @ 9:52 am
The Seale Arms Guesthouse by Dominic & Crew
Great food and lovely rooms for those who dont want to stay on the boat. Very competitively priced and everything to a high standard.
19/06/2018 @ 9:51 am
The Seale Arms by Dominic & Crew
Great food and lovely rooms for those who dont want to stay on the boat. Very competitively priced and everything to a high standard.
19/06/2018 @ 9:49 am
Sea-Jayz by July and Chris Kirkham Yacht D
Is Seajays still open? the link to the facebook page is broken.
23/03/2018 @ 8:32 am
Stephenson Marine by Joe Fiteni
These guys know their stuff. Good competitive prices and do what they say. 10 out of 10.
23/03/2018 @ 8:28 am
Rigging Solutions by Beryl and Jim
Couldnt agree with the comment from Sarah and Bill. Great understanding service from this company putting your mind at ease.
23/03/2018 @ 8:26 am
Kerala Delicacies Indian Restaurant by Helen & Len Yacht
Best Indian restaurant in this area bar non. Len knows his Indian food and says this is one of the best he has been to.
23/03/2018 @ 8:23 am
Mamas Kitchen by Beryl and Jim
Is Mamas Kitchen still open? The website is down.
23/03/2018 @ 8:22 am
Berry Head Hotel by Beryl and Jim
Fantastic getaway hotel. Fantastic views, service, food and surroundings. Cant wait till next time.
07/03/2018 @ 11:56 am
Anzac Street Bistro by Kelly and Sarah Green
Nice quaint little restaurant offering accommodation in the heart of Dartmouth. Couldnt be better located.
07/03/2018 @ 11:54 am
Rigging Solutions by Sarah & Bill Forsythe
Barry and his staff offered us an extremely helpful service. They really know their stuff. we felt comfortable in leaving everything upto them. At no stage did we not feel confident in their decisions.
we also got a pleasant surprise when we got the bill.
Great service
07/03/2018 @ 11:44 am
The Seale Arms Guesthouse by Greg Mahan
Ate here a few times as my family stayed at the hotel rather than my boat. Cant say I blame them. i would have rather stayed here than on the boat.
I,m sure they will stay again this year.
Happy guests
07/03/2018 @ 11:43 am
The Seale Arms by Greg Mahan
Ate here a few times as my family stayed at the hotel rather than my boat. Cant say I blame them. i would have rather stayed here than on the boat.
I,m sure they will stay again this year.
Happy guests
07/03/2018 @ 11:32 am
Blackness Marine by Harry & Kim Reed
Great place for pretty much everything you need to enjoy your sailing. You can get on with the enjoyment side of things and let them do the rest. I haven't wintered my boat here as yet but have heard great reports.
Really friendly knowledgeable people.
07/03/2018 @ 11:21 am
Stephenson Marine by Harry & Kim Reed
Prompt and friendly service. We found them very knowledgeable, reasonable priced and got the job done.
We have no problem in recommending this company.
07/03/2018 @ 11:15 am
Sea-Jayz by Andrea & Chris
Great little cafe, right next to the ferry at Kingswear. If you want some nice food and dont want to pay silly prices, this is for you.
23/03/2017 @ 10:42 am
Berry Head Hotel by Andrea and Chris
Love this place.Would advise anyone to come and visit here. We both had a fantastic time and were treated like royalty. We can not wait to return.
Thank you so much.
04/08/2016 @ 6:44 pm
Berry Head Hotel by Barry and Joan Singleton
Absolute paradise! Stumbled accros this place on your website and so glad we did. We were not staying there but we certainly will next year. Most relaxed and peaceful atmosphere.
29/07/2016 @ 11:42 am
Berry Head Hotel by Greg, Joe and Sarah
Fantastic views with food to match. its taken at least ten years off us.Cant wait to return
21/06/2016 @ 8:01 pm
Berry Head Hotel by Chris Kennedy and Crew
Called in here for a bite to eat. Fantastic, the setting the service and the food all top notch.
10/06/2016 @ 12:08 pm
Anzac Street Bistro by John and Sarah
Lovely restaurant and fantastic food. made to feel extremely welcome. we will return soon 10 out of 10
10/06/2016 @ 12:06 pm
Sea-Jayz by Andrew Jackson
Nicely located just off the Kingswear ferry. Owner (Jody) very pleasant. can recommend
10/06/2016 @ 12:02 pm
The Globe Inn by Andrew Jackson
Great place to be on a sunny day. Great food and drinks, and can sit by the water.
14/05/2016 @ 1:49 pm
Anzac Street Bistro by Paul
Great food and great service. We were really looked after from the lovely Agga.
Thanks we will be back.
01/05/2016 @ 3:47 am
Anzac Street Bistro by Kerry
Ate here last year with my husband John and have to say it was fantastic. Agga made us feel very werlcome and the food was delicious. great to see it here on your guide. We are sailing to Noss marina in the summer and are looking forward to another great night here.
07/04/2016 @ 7:48 pm
Berry Head Hotel by Bez and Jim
Fantastic place. feel completely rejuvenated, cant wait to return.
Thanks so much xx
30/07/2013 @ 7:27 pm
Berry Head Hotel by Johnson Family
Just like to say what a fantastic few days we had at this beautifully located hotel.I very rarely write in about businesses on these websites but when I saw the review page I felt compelled to tell all about what a superb place this is.
If you get the chance you must stay here. I'm sure you wont be disappointed.
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