Kingswear, Devon, TQ6 0BX

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Nestled on the eastern bank of the River Dart in Devon, Kingswear is a charming village that offers picturesque views and a tranquil escape from the hustle and bustle of daily life. With its colourful houses cascading down towards the waterfront and a backdrop of lush green hills, Kingswear provides a postcard-perfect setting that is quintessentially English. 

Short History of Kingswear 

Kingswear has a rich history that dates back to the medieval period when it served as a strategic point across from the bustling port of Dartmouth. The village has always been closely linked with maritime activities, benefiting from trade and providing shelter for ships. During World War II, Kingswear played a vital role in naval operations and was even targeted in air raids due to its strategic importance. Today, remnants of its storied past can still be seen, with historical sites such as Kingswear Castle, a 15th-century artillery tower that stands guard over the estuary. 

Things to do in Kingswear 

Step back in time on the Dartmouth Steam Railway, enjoying scenic views along the coast and through the lush South Devon countryside. For water sports enthusiasts, the River Dart Estuary offers opportunities for sailing, kayaking and paddleboarding, with various operators providing boat hire and guided tours. On land, explore the spectacular walking trails like the Dart Valley Trail for panoramic vistas, or hike up to Brownstone Battery, an old WWII coastal defense site, for a blend of history and breathtaking scenery. 

Events in Kingswear 

Kingswear and its vicinity are lively with events throughout the year. The annual Royal Regatta in Dartmouth is the highlight, featuring rowing races, sailing competitionsand fireworks. The village also participates in the Dart Music Festival and various food and drink festivals, celebrating local produce and seafood. 

Food and drink in Kingswear  

In Kingswear, dining is an experience rooted in locality and freshness, with a focus on seasonal ingredients sourced from the surrounding areas. Visitors can enjoy a diverse array of options, from freshly caught seafood to classic British fare. The local pubs and eateries offer a cosy, welcoming atmosphere, perfect for sampling regional dishes or enjoying a pint of Devonshire ale. The village also offers charming cafés where one can indulge in homemade cakes and locally roasted coffee while soaking up the scenic riverside views. 

Something a little different 

Kingswear is not just about its natural beauty and maritime activities. It also boasts a surprising connection to literature and film. The village and its surroundings have inspired settings in Agatha Christie's novels and served as picturesque backdrops in several British films and television series. This connection adds a touch of artistic heritage to the area, making it a fascinating destination for culture enthusiasts and fans of British literature and cinema. 

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