Dittisham

Dittisham, Devon, TQ6 0HS

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Nestled along the stunning banks of the River Dart in South Devon, lies the enchanting village of Dittisham. Often referred to as "Ditsum" by the locals, this idyllic destination is a hidden gem that captivates visitors with its breathtaking beauty, quaint charm, and rich history. Dittisham offers an authentic taste of traditional British village life, making it a must-visit spot for anyone seeking a peaceful and picturesque retreat.

Dittisham's timeless allure lies in its stunning location. The village is embraced by lush rolling hills and blessed with mesmerizing views of the River Dart, creating a postcard-perfect setting that leaves visitors in awe. The river itself is a playground for water enthusiasts, providing ample opportunities for sailing, kayaking, and paddleboarding. Exploring the river and surrounding estuary unveils an abundance of wildlife and natural wonders, making it an unforgettable experience for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts alike.

The heart of Dittisham exudes a sense of tranquility and community spirit. Stroll through narrow winding lanes lined with charming cottages, blooming gardens, and quintessential English pubs. The village's warm and welcoming atmosphere extends to its locals, who are known for their friendly nature and eagerness to share stories of the area's rich history and folklore.

History of Dittisham

The history of Dittisham is deeply intertwined with its maritime heritage, the River Dart, and the surrounding area. The village's origins can be traced back to the medieval era, and evidence of human settlement in the region dates back to the Bronze Age, making Dittisham an area of historical significance.

Dittisham was historically a hub for shipbuilding and sailing activities. In the 17th and 18th centuries, the village was a bustling port, with shipbuilders constructing vessels that played a crucial role in the naval and merchant fleets of the time. The River Dart's deep waters provided a natural harbor, making it an ideal location for shipbuilding and trade.

During the 19th century, Dittisham saw a decline in shipbuilding, and fishing became a more prominent economic activity for the locals. The river's estuary offered a bountiful supply of fish, and fishing became an essential part of the village's economy and way of life.

In addition to its maritime significance, Dittisham played a role in World War II as a base for the American forces. The village hosted landing craft training operations for the D-Day invasion. The remnants of these military activities can still be seen in the area.

Things to do in Dittisham

Dittisham offers a delightful array of activities and attractions that cater to various interests, making it a perfect destination for a relaxing getaway. Whether you enjoy outdoor adventures, exploring historical sites, or simply taking in the serene surroundings, Dittisham has something for everyone.

You could embark on a River Dart Cruise and explore the stunning estuary. There are several local operators offer boat trips that take you along the river, offering breathtaking views of the countryside, wildlife, and picturesque villages along the way. Watersports such as kayaking, paddleboarding, and sailing are a very popular pastime here too. The calm waters of the River Dart provide an ideal setting for both beginners and experienced enthusiasts.

Just across the river from Dittisham is Greenway House, the former holiday home of the famous author Agatha Christie, and now under ownership of the National Trust. The stunning house and its beautiful gardens are now managed by the National Trust and offer a fascinating glimpse into the life of the renowned writer.

Dittisham is lucky to be situated in the South West Coast Path. Embark on scenic coastal walks along the many trails. The breathtaking views of the coastline and the surrounding countryside make these walks an unforgettable experience.

For a fun activity that both kids and adults will enjoy, try crabbing along the riverbanks. Dittisham is known for crabbing, and you can rent crabbing lines and buckets locally. Our top tip is to use bacon for bait, the crabs love it!

Events in Dittisham

Dittisham hosts several annual events and festivities that add to the village's vibrant and close-knit community spirit. These events are a wonderful opportunity for both locals and visitors to come together and celebrate the unique charm and traditions of Dittisham. While the specific dates and details may vary from year to year, some of the regular annual events in Dittisham include the Dittisham Regatta, several mini music festivals and Christmas celebrations.

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Whether you're an intrepid traveller or a couple seeking a romantic getaway, Dittisham promises an unforgettable experience that will stay with you long after you depart. For those seeking an escape from the hustle and bustle of city life, this Devonshire treasure offers the perfect blend of tranquility, natural beauty, and warm hospitality. Dittisham beckons you to immerse yourself in its allure and discover the magic of this picturesque village on the banks of the River Dart.

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Road Directions

Dittisham can be reached by car via well-maintained roads. If you are traveling from London or the east, take the M4 or M3 motorway and then connect to the A303, A30, or A38 towards Exeter. From Exeter, take the A380 and then follow the A381, which will lead you to Dittisham.

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Public Transport Directions

By Train: The nearest train station to Dittisham is Totnes. Totnes is well-connected to major cities like London, Exeter, and Plymouth. From Totnes, you can take a taxi to Dittisham. The journey from Totnes to Dittisham takes approximately 20-25 minutes by road.

By Ferry: During the summer months, a passenger ferry service operates between Dartmouth and Dittisham. This picturesque ferry ride across the River Dart provides a lovely way to reach the village. The ferry runs multiple times a day, making it convenient for visitors.

By Bus: The West Dart Bus is a community bus run by volunteers and will divert to Capton on request. It should be noted that the bus is also available for private functions. The village bus stop is by the Church.

- Dittisham – Dartmouth: Every Friday, leaves Dittisham at 09:30 hrs returning from Dartmouth at 12:00 hrs.

- Dittisham – Totnes: 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month, leaves Dittisham at 09:30 hrs returning from Totnes at 12:15 hrs.

- Dittisham – Kingsbridge: 2nd Tuesday of each month, leaves Dittisham at 09:30 hrs returning from Kingsbridge at 12:15 hrs.

- Dittisham – Newton Abbot: Last Wednesday of each month, leaves Dittisham at 09:30 hrs returning from Newton Abbot at 13:30 hrs.

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