Dartmouth, South Devon is a beautiful historic seaport town at the mouth of the River Dart being one of the finest natural harbours in the UK. This interesting unique and ancient town has a long and interesting history together with magnificent 14th century buildings and narrow streets. Dartmouth Castle (1481) is located nearby and posing an example of the past which still stands today after guarding the mouth of the River Dart for hundreds of years.
The town which is within A Conservation Area and Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty boasts stunning scenery together with a most interesting town centre with inner harbour and timber framed buildings.
The area is extremely popular as a main living area, retirement area and holiday resort hosting a wealth of diversity including nearby beaches, boating facilities, Dartmoor to the north and towns and cities including Brixham, Totnes, Plymouth, Exeter and Torquay being within approx 1 hours drive.
Freeborns consider Dartmouth and the surrounding area to be one of the finest areas to live and or work and together with its unique climate provides a real quality and standard of life.
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Kingswear is located on the east bank of the River Dart and is just a short ferry ride away from Dartmouth for both car and foot passengers. The village rises up steeply from the river and is renowned for its 2 pubs, windy streets and breathtaking River Dart views both out to sea and across to Dartmouth. The village is considered to be an ideal starting point for both walks along the coast and the Dart Valley Trail. There is a steam railway leading to the town of Paignton.
Dittisham is a picturesque riverside village which is found on the western bank of the River Dart consists of a Norman church, two inviting pubs, a village post office and a riverside café. The village is surrounded by a combination of rolling hills and ancient woodland and hosts many wonderful walks, with the Dart Valley Trail passing right through the village. A passenger ferry can be summoned by the ringing of a bell to carry you over to Greenway Quay and Gardens. This section of river is home to the Anchor Stone which according to local legend is where the unfaithful wives of the village were tied to as a punishment.
Blackawton is a rural village set behind Woodlands leisure park and is located amongst beautiful rolling hills which lead down to the coast. The village is a short drive from Dartmouth Golf and Country Club and has two pubs with good local ales. Even during the busiest months of the year Blackawton remains a calm and peaceful location.
Stoke Fleming is located about three miles along the coast from Dartmouth. It is a charming village with fantastic sea views and cliff top walks. Stoke Fleming is home to a charming 14th Century church as well as a village pub and village stores.
Blackpool Sands is a large golden sands beach located between Stoke Fleming and Strete and this highly popular beach holds the prestigious Blue Flag award.
Strete consists of an array of lovely houses, largely made of Dartmouth slates and shales. The village is located on a hilltop site overlooking Start Bay and contains of a pub, restaurant,a village stores and a church.
Slapton sands is an intriguing stretch of coastline consisting of a natural fresh water lay which is separated from the sea by a narrow strip of land along which the main road runs. This stretch is home to some of the rarest birds in Britain such as the Cirl Bunting. The three mile stretch of shingle beach played an important role in the WWII D-Day landing preparations.
Slapton village can be found just inland from Slapton Sands and consists of winding streets and an historic pub.
Torcross is found at the far end of Slapton Sands and is nestled between the lay and the sea and benefits from magnificent panoramic views of the bay. The village is home to a cosy pub as well as several restaurants and shops.