Days out in South Devon & the English Riviera
Whilst in South Devon and the English Riviera...
While visiting this part of the country you'll be amazed by how beautiful the coastal scenery is. From the beaches of Slapton and Blackpool Sands to the picturesque harbours at Dartmouth and Kingsbridge South Devon offers a wonderful day out for all of the family.
Dartmouth is a beautiful historic waterside town full of varied and specialist shops and some quaint little restaurants and bistros. A walk along the cobbled embankment past the harbour to Bayard's Cove is a must with such striking scenery. Dartmouth's Music Festival is a popular annual event and usually takes place in May which features an eclectic mix of local and international talent performing everything from jazz and folk to rock and funk. Dartmouth's Royal Regatta is well known across the region, usually towards the end of August. The Regatta regularly features over 200 craft of different sizes, from Yachts to Dinghies competing in over 15 events. Please visit the websites for details of the music and sailing events this year.
|How to get there||Dartmouth is served by First service 93 'Mayflower Link'. The Mayflower Link service 93 operates between Plymouth, Brixton, Modbury, Kingsbridge, Slapton and Dartmouth and offers an hourly day time service from Monday to Saturday (please check the timetables or service changes section of the website for details of any summer alterations, such as the introduction of Sunday and Public Holiday timetables, each year).|
Slapton & Slapton Sands
Slapton lies midway between Kingsbridge and Dartmouth and is a half mile inland from the famous Slapton Sands beach. Slapton Ley Nature Reserve justifiably attracts visitors from all over the world, be it for scientific, educational or recreational purposes. The village manages to combine being a thriving local community with being an excellent choice for a holiday. Slapton has two Public Houses, a General Store and two local campsites. Slapton Sands is a beach where families and friends can enjoy great holidays. South Devon's Mediterranean style climate means that the sea is safe, clean and calm, and there are plenty of water sports such as surfing, windsurfing and canoeing to try out. The beach is patrolled by lifeguards during the summer months and there is a flag system in place telling you where it's safe to swim and when to stay out of the water. There's a beachside cafe and has facilities for anyone with mobility restrictions, with disabled beach access and toilets. Slapton Sands is a dog-friendly beach, allowing dogs throughout the year.
|How to get there||Our service 93 'Mayflower Link' runs an hourly service seven days a week during the peak summer season (usually Easter until the end of October half term) between Plymouth, Plymstock, Yealmpton, Modbury, Kingsbridge, Slapton and Dartmouth.|
Blackpool Sands, set in a sheltered bay surrounded by evergreens and pines, is one of South Devon's most beautiful natural treasures. An award-winning privately managed 'Blue Flag' family beach with turquoise blue sea giving it an almost Mediterranean feel.
A shingle beach, as are all the main beaches in Start Bay and all incorporating 'Sands' as a historical name, located only 3 miles West of Dartmouth on the beautiful South Devon heritage coast. Facilities include:
- Superb swimming in clean, clear water tested by the Environment Agency
- Beach cleaned daily in main season
- The Venus Beach Cafe for organic and locally produced food
- The Venus Beach Shop for beach goods and games
- Refreshing showers
- Disabled facilities
- Sands pits (May to October) and bathing raft (July and August)
- Surfski, kayak, boogie boards, wet suit and snorkel hire
- Summer events
- Lifeguards on duty during summer months
- Dogs are not permitted in the car parks or on the beach from March to November 4th
|How to get there||Our service 93 'Mayflower Link' runs an hourly service seven days a week during the peak summer season (usually Easter until the end of October half term) between Plymouth, Plymstock, Yealmpton, Modbury, Kingsbridge, Slapton, Blackpool Sands and Dartmouth.|