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Dittisham

Dittisham lies on a hillside bordering the River Dart and is bisected by a stream. It comprises two pubs (one with post office and local shopping facilities), a church, a café, two car parks, a play area known as The Ham, a quay and a number of houses and cottages. The Dart is a very beautiful river with tree-lined banks and many little creeks, and is very popular with yachtsmen and fishermen. It runs through the heart of the South Hams area of outstanding natural beauty, much of which is owned by the National Trust. The surrounding coastline is particularly lovely and is a paradise for walkers, ornithologists and photographers and there are large, unspoilt beaches a short drive away. 



Dittisham has a delightful little quay and a jetty where children can amuse themselves catching crabs or ‘messing about in a boat’. 
It was named as a must-visit location in a survey by travel expert Simon Calder.

Foot passenger ferries cross the river to Greenways Quay,

from where you can visit Greenways House and Gardens (formerly the holiday home of Agatha Christie and her family, now owned by the National Trust) and/or walk down to Kingswear and thence cross by ferry to Dartmouth. 

In the season ferries also run hourly in both directions between Dittisham and Dartmouth.  There are river trips from Dartmouth to the fascinating old town of Totnes, with its castle, winding streets and delightful craft shops and boutiques (nearby is Dartington Hall where the famous glass and tweeds are sold).  Boats for exploring the river can be hired locally in Dittisham and sailing boats (and tuition) are available.  There are facilities for mooring visitors' dinghies by the Quay, and deep water moorings are available from the Harbourmaster, Dartmouth

‘Pub grub’ is obtainable at the Ferryboat Inn which is, as its name implies, by the Quay. In the summer the Anchor Stone Café, also by the Quay, serves excellent fresh fish and Devon cream teas.

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Visitors have a wide choice of good restaurants in Dartmouth, which is a picturesque old town with a fine riverside promenade provided by the EU and famous for the Royal Naval College.  There are also several pubs serving good food in the nearby villages.

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The Plum Orchards

The magnificent Dittisham plum orchards, famous between the two world wars, still thrive in the mild climate and the locally-known 'Plowman' variety are still famous and believed to be unique to Dittisham. The fruit is delicious and people come from the surrounding towns to buy them in July and August, when they are ripe.

The Dittisham Sailing Club offer sailing lessons throughout the year