The location of attractions is intended only as a guide. Distances are 'as the crow flies'.
Unique and 'untouched by modernisation', this homely pub overlooks the inner harbour and welcomes children and pets.
Just down the coast from the harbour this shingle and rocky beach is great for rock pooling at low tide and has lovely views across the bay. There are large areas of hardstanding surrounding the adjoining sea water pool and parking is available. Access is limited as there are steps to the beach. Dogs are allowed year round but leads are required on the hardstanding and they are not allowed in the pool.
A gentle stroll of just over a mile and a half. The reserve offers visitors the chance to explore two Napoleonic war forts and see Britain's highest and smallest lighthouse. Follow the description attached from the South West Coast Path National Trail and enjoy. Care should be taken with dogs and children as there's some high cliffs.
A classic English harbour town with pastel coloured fishermen’s cottages clinging to the hill in crooked rows. There’s a swanky marina complete with restaurants and bars, a choice of beaches and a saltwater outdoor swimming pool. The beautiful coastline here can be explored either by foot on the coast paths or by taking a trip on the ‘Brixham Belle’, which sails to Dartmouth, Paignton and Torquay.
Good choice of pubs, restaurants and cafes, which mostly all allow well behaved dogs into their properties, should the weather not be that fine to sit outdoors. Local good coastal walks from Brixham, and excellent ferry crossings to the other Torbay town destinations. Working harbour and marina, which provides excellent seafood choice for whole of Brixham eateries.
A haven for rare and threatened species, Berry Head is home to one of the largest colonies of Guillemots on England's south coast. The Visitor Centre lets you watch them on CCTV and there are also many other migrant birds that come to the reserve.
The limestone peninsular, which forms the southern arm of Tor Bay, is home to two Napoleonic-era forts as well as gardens rich with wild flowers from May to August and caves that house horseshoe bats.
Berry Head Nature Reserve
As well as being an area of special scientific interest ( SSI ) the reserve has recently undergone an upgrading by the reserve management and now has excellent explanatory boards to make your visit more rewarding. There is also a superb cafe on the headland.
Napoleonic buildings, rare rock roses and orchids, plus a bird hide and cameras to record the very special Guillemots that nest on the cliffs. There is a new visitor centre opened in 2009, a cafe and parking. It has just received 1.8 million pounds of funding to make this a top place to visit.
- J Ridd
Agatha Christie's holiday home nestles on a crook of the River Dart in a beautiful woodland garden that is home to such horticultural treasures as Monterey pines, eucalyptus, China roses, myrtle and Turkey oaks. For a magical experience that's also kind to the environment, travel there by boat. 'Green ways' ferries leave from Dartmouth, Brixham and Torquay. Following a major restoration project, The National Trust has re-opened the house to the public, where quirky collections of memorabillia offer a glimpse into the private life of the well-loved crime writer. For house opening times and an events list, please visit the Web site.
The journey to the house by way of the National Trust ferry was enjoyable as was the walk back to Dartmouth along the Dart Valley Trail and ferry (higher or lower will do, the former is cheaper). Unfortunately the house itself was a little disappointing with an over cluttered interior that did not really tell any particular story. There were bits and pieces of interest but overall it seemed as though everything from different times and sources was put in that could be which detracted. The entry to the house is timed but we still felt that it was over-crowded and NT should consider making the house visits guided only. The walled gardens were good with a beautifully restored peach house providing a highlight.
Well worth a visit to this house, an effort to get there as you can't go by car unless you pre-book. It was a nice ride there in the boat but you would need good weather. Lovely spring flowers in the grounds. Cafe/restaurant disappointing as there were no main meal available.
Enjoyed by All
A lovely house in beautiful surroundings on the banks of the River Dart. Good to see the interiors haven't been messed around with and still look as if Agatha and her family have just popped out for a minute. I can see why she loved it so much and the gardens are a delight. Thoroughly enjoyed by all - including a 22 year old male! Well worth a visit but, if arriving by car, don't forget to pre-book a parking space.
A lovely boat ride from Dartmouth, but overall the house was disappointing. A hotch potch interior and hard to believe it was inhabited up until 2004. All furniture pre-dates the turn of the last century. The children did enjoy completing their quiz sheets 'can you find' and I can really recommend the pasties in the coffee takeaway shop (not the main cafe).
An inspirational place!
This beautiful house set in wonderful surrounding is well worth a visit. It is easy to see why Agatha Christie loved this place and penned a number of her novels here. The surrounding woodlands with views of the River Dart are superb. You can take a ferry from Dartmouth to get to Greenway but we chose to take the foot ferry from Dittisham (another charming little place). I would highly recommend a visit to this lovely area.
Visiting Greenway is a lovely way to spend the day, they also have occasional events so it is worth having a look before you go to see if any take your fancy. If you like gardens, I would recommend visiting Greenway as I thoroughly enjoyed it.
'The Loveliest Place in the World'
Agatha Christie was right to call this the 'loveliest place in the world'. Arriving by ferry is really the best way to see it. A stroll in the pretty woodland gardens followed by some delicious homemade food in the Barn Cafe, rounded off with the return trip on the ferry makes for a thoroughly enjoyable day out.
A fine example of Arts and Crafts style architecture, with lovely Art Deco interiors. The gardens cling to the valley sides and feature a rare collection of exotic plants. An events listing is available on their Website for both the house and gardens.
We walked to this property from Dartmouth which was a lovely quiet stroll along empty Devon lanes rewarded by a fascinating house with interesting period pieces and historical commentary followed by beautiful gardens with plentiful spots to sit and enjoy all the different styles and views within. For those wanting a snack the tea-room provided a good choice of quality foods served in either courtyard or an airy cafe. The walk back to Dartmouth can be by the same route or take in the Daymark and WW2 relics and SW coastal path if you are feeling more energetic
Walking Bliss - if you're up for it!
We park near this property and rather than visit the house, take to the coastal path. You have a choice of directions, towards Brixham or Kingswear. It's not for flip-flops, buggies, small children or the infirm; you need good stout boots and ankle support but the walk and views are breathtaking. I wouldn't recommend it in very slippery weather, unless you stop when you get to the cliff, but if, like me, you enjoy feeling the weather in your face to feel alive then this is great. Hard core steep in parts.
Beautiful garden - don't miss it
Fantastic garden walk with sea view at the end.
In a superb setting with great views out to sea. The fish is supplied from the picturesque fishing port of Brixham, just a short walk away along the coast.
Berry Head Hotel
Good food in a great location - wet or sunny (we've had both)
Simply the best location in Brixham to sit overlooking the sea, a drink in hand and watch the sun set.
Well worth a visit
The Berry Head Hotel not only has a great bar, wonderful views, a friendly atmosphere and a first class restaurant, it also boasts an indoor pool. Well worth a visit.
Running between Paignton and Kingswear, go for a simple train ride or buy a combined ticket for a day out that includes a river cruise or a boat trip along the coast.
Steam Train and Cruise
We took the train from Paignton (awful town, but the start of the journey!) to Kingsweir. We then got the passenger ferry across to Dartmouth - very lovely town with lots of interesting shops and plenty of Cafes, Pubs and Restaurants to eat in. We then did an hour cruise up the River Dart which was really lovely and we then repeated the journey back (ferry and train). It was a really lovely day out. It can get quite busy during the peak times but very well organised and some lovely scenic coastal views on the Steam Train. Well worth the family ticket!
A very good day out
We have done the Round Robin trip twice now, in opposite directions. It's an excellent experience, and reasonable value, especially if purchased on a Jubilee ticket.
Don't waste time in Paignton, head for lunch in Totnes where there are lots of options, some by the river.
Do plan your timing, as tides can mean that boat trips back from Totnes can finish as early as 2pm.
There's a big car park right next to the station at Kingswear (about £4 a day) and you can use the ticket to cross over on the passenger ferry if you want to start with the boat trip.
Trains leave Kingsweir for Paignton hourly in summer. We recommend taking a day to do the ‘round robin’ …Ferry-Train-Bus-Cruise. Note the Cruise times vary depending on the state of the tide in Totnes.
A good day out
You can combine this with a boat trip on the Dart and a short bus connection to have a great round trip.
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