Dittisham, South Devon

Dittisham, South Devon
  • Riverside village on the Dart between Totnes and Dartmouth
  • Great for boat trips
  • Across the river from the National Trust's Greenway which was once home to Agatha Christie
  • Superb local walking providing views of the River Dart and Estuary, the South Devon countryside and Dartmoor beyond
  • Wonderful riverside pub. Local area packed with places to eat and drink
  • Main photo: Dittisham photographed from across the River Dart at Greenway Quay below Agatha Christie's home Greenway which is now a National Trust property


Why holiday or weekend break in Dittisham?

To help you choose Dittisham, we've listed some of the local attractions below.


River Dart

River Dart and Estuary. Dittisham lines the west bank of the River Dart across the water from Greenway (National Trust). It's an idylic riverside location giving it a very different vibe to other places to visit highlighted on this website. The light can be spectacular.


Dittisham food and drink

Ferry Boat Inn overlooks the river and gets its name from the ferry boat that runs between Dittisham and Greenway Quay below Greenway (National Trust).



Greenway (National Trust). Once home to Agatha Christie, Greenway is now a popular South Devon National Trust property. 

Other National Trust properties in the local area include Coleton Fishacre (National Trust) and Compton Castle (National Trust).


Dittisham boats and ferries

Greenway/Dittisham Ferry. Connects Dittisham village on the west bank to Greenway Quay below Greenway (National Trust) on the east bank.

Dartmouth/Greenway Ferry. Runs between Greenway Quay below Greenway (National Trust) and central Dartmouth.


Walking the Dart Valley Trail

Dart Valley Trail. This long distance walking trail follows the River Dart from Totnes to Dartmouth. At Dittisham, it splits such that you can follow either bank of the River Dart to Dartmouth/Kingswear. We think the stretch of path on the east side between Greenway (National Trust) and Kingswear is particularly impressive.


Dartmouth Steam Railway

Dartmouth Steam Railway. As you walk the Dart Valley Trail, you'll hear the steam train on Dartmouth Steam Railway running between Kingswear and Paignton on The English Riviera. It's a great journey.

We'd recommend experiencing the Round Robin provided by the Dartmouth Steam Railway and River Boat Company. Start at Dartmouth. Take the Dartmouth Kingswear Lower Ferry to Kingswear. Hop on the Dartmouth Steam Railway to Paignton Station. Ride on the bus to Totnes Steamer Quay. Follow the River Dart downriver on the Dartmouth Totnes River Cruise to where you started at Dartmouth. Walk/drive or take a ferry from Dittisham to Dartmouth.



Dartmouth is downriver. There's plenty of parking but we'd recommend taking a ferry or walking to town. 

Highlights include Dartmouth Castle (English Heritage) and Dartmouth Steam Railway.



Sharpham is upriver. Sharpham is one of England's foremost quality wine producers. Book yourself a wine and cheese tasting experience or take a tour around the vineyard.



Continue upriver and you come to Totnes.

Highlights include Totnes Castle (English Heritage) and Totnes Market.

Visit Dartington on the outskirts of Totnes.

Berry Pomeroy Castle (English Heritage) is in the local area.


The English Riviera

Discover the Golden Hind in Brixham.

Spend a day at Paignton Zoo on the outskirts of Paignton.

Visit Living Coasts in Torquay.

Explore the area's history, art and culture at the superb Torre Abbey on the edge of Torquay.


Beaches near Dittisham

In The English Riviera, try Broadsands Beach and Goodrington Sands (Beach).

On the east coast of South Devon, visit Blackpool Sands (Beach) and Slapton Sands (Beach).

On the south coast of South Devon, spend days at Bantham Beach and Bigbury-on-Sea Beach.