Four things to do in Dartmouth During the Summer Holidays
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There a few places more beautiful and full of historic charm than Dartmouth. The splendid Dart estuary provides an incredible backdrop for a holiday and in this beautiful setting there's a wealth of things to do in Dartmouth to keep you and your family entertained during your stay. So fill up your summer holidays with these four ideas to put into your holiday plan.
Family Canoe picnic on the river Dart
Enjoy the wildlife and float down the river on a unique guided canoe journey. Using traditional long canoes load up your family for a daytime adventure or choose a moonlight trip that stops at riverside hostelries. Canoe Adventures caters for all ages and levels of adventure. A Voyager 12 seat canoe comes with a steersman and all the equipment you need for a family picnic on the riverbank.
Explore Dartmouth Museum
Dartmouth Museum is a quirky place with exterior wooden timbers fabulously untroubled by the use of right angles. It is thought to be one of the best examples of a 17th century home in Devon and the eccentric charm continues inside with exhibits that tell the story of the people of Dartmouth. It's a feast for the imaginative and curious of all ages not least for its large collection of ships in bottles and the story of the Dartmouth gurgle jug. Inside, the spiral staircase is built around a ships mast but take care on the steps that are said to be deliberately irregular to deter intruders.
Visit Sharpham Vineyard
England may not be known for the quality of its wine but the Sharpham Vineyard, found between Dartmouth and Totnes, is doing much to challenge that reputation. Guided tours give you the chance to learn about viticulture and the unique microclimate along the River Dart that makes it perfect for the grapes grown here. With its cheese and wine both winning numerous awards the cheese platter and wine tasting to finish makes this a trip to savour.
Spend a day on the beach at Blackpool Sands
The similarity with the famous northern seaside resort ends with the name. Blackpool Sands is set in a beautiful cove surrounded by evergreens and it's easy to think you're in the Mediterranean when you visit this blue flag beach a stone's throw from Dartmouth. The shingle beach is popular with families and it's a great spot for paddling or trying out kayaking or paddle boarding and the beach café serves organic, locally produced, hot and cold food. A day at the beach doesn't come any better.
If you're holidaying in Dartmouth this summer, Coast & Country Cottages have some wonderful places to stay in Dartmouth.