United Kingdom : Devon

The English Riviera & Dart Valley Walk

Trip code: W04ER

Self-guided walking

4 nights,
twin centre

Level: 2
Moderate

9.0Kg CO2e

SUMMARY

  • Stay in two of Devon's iconic coastal towns, Brixham and Dartmouth
  • Enjoy breathtaking coastal walks and visit the home of Agatha Christie
  • Sample the delicious local produce and learn about the fascinating maritime history along the way

WHAT'S INCLUDED?

  • 4 nights accommodation
  • All breakfasts
  • Comprehensive route directions
  • Luggage transfers between hotels

TRIP DESCRIPTION

This twin centre break has been designed to give you time to explore two of our most loved and iconic coastal towns along the English Riviera. You will enjoy walks around the towns, venture out along the coastal path for stunning sea views and explore Greenways, beloved home of Agatha Christie, now a National Trust property.

You will stay in Brixham, a charming South Devon town where life has always centred around the sheltered harbour. It's full of history and home to a significant fishing fleet so a great place to enjoy the day's catch - as well as being a popular holiday destination. Your second location is Dartmouth, which has a fascinating history, being one of the stopping off points for the Mayflower, on its journey to found the first colony in America. It is also a vibrant and lovely town, with beautiful river walks, and is easily explored by using the local ferries that provide an extensive network of travel options.

You'll stay in hand-picked guesthouses and small hotels which are well suited to walkers and offer comfortable accommodation with a delicious breakfast to start your day.

We highly recommend spending an extra day or so, to relax and soak up the friendly atmosphere of these exciting and scenically beautiful locations.

Terrain

There’s a mix of coastal, rural and river trails to enjoy. Surfaces are a mix of paths, tracks and lanes, with generally quite easy going terrain throughout. Both the Coast Path and the trails linking Brixham to Dartmouth (the John Musgrave Heritage Trail and Dart Valley Trail) are well sign-posted. Walking boots essential.

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DAY-BY-DAY ITINERARY

 

Day 1: Arrive in Brixham

Arrive and overnight Brixham. The nearest railway station is Paignton (change at Newton Abbot), which is a 15 minute taxi ride away. Please let us know if you are planing to drive.

You stay at Ranscombe House or Beacon House (upgrade option).

hotel details

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Ranscombe House, Brixham

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Located in a lovely position just outside the town of Brixham. Ranscombe House is a well-appointed guest house, originally a Sea Captains residence with 250 years of heritage. The guest house has fabulous rooms and a delicious breakfast to set you up for a day walking the coastal paths. With just 8 rooms, this guest house is much sought after, with its enviable position overlooking the sea, parking on site and always a warm, friendly welcome from the owner Pip.

Extra nights: Please contact us for details.

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Beacon House, Brixham

HOTEL WEBSITE      

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Mastercard
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Hairdryer
WiFi
TV
Tea/coffee


With each room facing the harbour, you won't find a better location to sit back and relax after a long days' walk than Beacon House. With just three rooms and on site parking, this is a perfect location for your stay in Brixham. The breakfasts are exceptional and provided by the owners Nathalie and Herve.

This is the upgrade option with prices on request.

Extra nights: Please contact us for details.

Day 2: Walks around Brixham or Torquay (choice of walks) (5km/3.1mi)

After a relaxing breakfast at your hotel, choose from a range of walks - either a circular coast path walk around Berry Head to Sharkham Point with time to explore Brixham's historic harbour or a loop to Elberry Cove, Churston and back via the John Musgrave Heritage Trail. Or you may decide to take the ferry to Torquay and walk along the coast path to Babbacombe, with a bus or taxi back to Torquay Marina before returning by ferry to your hotel for a delicious evening meal in the town (ferry / bus and taxi not included - payable locally).

You stay at Ranscombe House or Beacon House (upgrade option).

hotel details

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Ranscombe House, Brixham

HOTEL WEBSITE      

Hairdryer
WiFi
TV
Tea/coffee


Located in a lovely position just outside the town of Brixham. Ranscombe House is a well-appointed guest house, originally a Sea Captains residence with 250 years of heritage. The guest house has fabulous rooms and a delicious breakfast to set you up for a day walking the coastal paths. With just 8 rooms, this guest house is much sought after, with its enviable position overlooking the sea, parking on site and always a warm, friendly welcome from the owner Pip.

Extra nights: Please contact us for details.

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Beacon House, Brixham

HOTEL WEBSITE      

Cash machine
Mastercard
Visa
Hairdryer
WiFi
TV
Tea/coffee


With each room facing the harbour, you won't find a better location to sit back and relax after a long days' walk than Beacon House. With just three rooms and on site parking, this is a perfect location for your stay in Brixham. The breakfasts are exceptional and provided by the owners Nathalie and Herve.

This is the upgrade option with prices on request.

Extra nights: Please contact us for details.

Day 3: Brixham to Dartmouth (10km/6.2mi)

Today you will depart Brixham and walk 5 miles to Greenway House (home of Agatha Christie now operated by the National Trust). Here you can visit the house and gardens and have lunch before continuing your journey. Take the ferry from Greenway to Dartmouth, or walk along the Dart Valley Trail to Kingswear, approximately. 4.8 miles, with a brief ferry ride to reach your home for the next two nights in Dartmouth (ferry / bus and taxi not included - payable locally).

You stay at Compass Rose or Bayards Cove (upgrade option).

hotel details

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Compass Rose, Dartmouth

HOTEL WEBSITE      

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Visa
Hairdryer
WiFi
TV
Tea/coffee


The Compass Rose guesthouse has just 4 bedrooms, which are beautifully furnished and share an open plan lounge/diner, and outside terrace with comfortable seating and amazing views of Dartmouth and its estuary. The location is perfect; near to the town, just a seven minute walk to the harbour front, where you will find many restaurants, shops and pubs. There is the added bonus of parking on site, and a breakfast menu offering a wonderful selection including full English breakfast on offer to set you up for the day.

Extra nights: Please contact us for details.

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Bayards Cove, Dartmouth

HOTEL WEBSITE      

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Hairdryer
WiFi
TV
Tea/coffee


This boutique hotel has been a part of Dartmouth's history since the 14th Century. Located close to the river next to Bayard's Fort, this historic inn now comprises a cafe bar, restaurant and seven rooms, each beautifully furnished with everything you should need for your stay.

This is the upgrade option with prices on request.

Extra nights: Please contact us for details.

Day 4: Walks around Dartmouth (choice of walks and distances)

After a relaxing breakfast at your hotel, choose from a range of walks - from the circular walk to Little Dartmouth and back via coast path, taking the local bus to Torcross and walking to the iconic Start Point lighthouse or take time to explore Dartmouth town and castle. We have plenty of options for you to choose from, making the most of your time in this stunning region (ferry / bus and taxi not included - payable locally).

You stay at Compass Rose or Bayards Cove (upgrade option).

hotel details

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Compass Rose, Dartmouth

HOTEL WEBSITE      

Cash machine
Mastercard
Visa
Hairdryer
WiFi
TV
Tea/coffee


The Compass Rose guesthouse has just 4 bedrooms, which are beautifully furnished and share an open plan lounge/diner, and outside terrace with comfortable seating and amazing views of Dartmouth and its estuary. The location is perfect; near to the town, just a seven minute walk to the harbour front, where you will find many restaurants, shops and pubs. There is the added bonus of parking on site, and a breakfast menu offering a wonderful selection including full English breakfast on offer to set you up for the day.

Extra nights: Please contact us for details.

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Bayards Cove, Dartmouth

HOTEL WEBSITE      

Cash machine
Mastercard
Visa
Hairdryer
WiFi
TV
Tea/coffee


This boutique hotel has been a part of Dartmouth's history since the 14th Century. Located close to the river next to Bayard's Fort, this historic inn now comprises a cafe bar, restaurant and seven rooms, each beautifully furnished with everything you should need for your stay.

This is the upgrade option with prices on request.

Extra nights: Please contact us for details.

Day 5: Depart Dartmouth

After breakfast depart from Dartmouth for your journey home, or extend your stay by a few days to really enjoy this beautiful and historic coastal town.

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The above prices do not include any travel.

These prices include our standard travel.

OPTIONAL UPGRADES
  • Alternative flights, including regional departures
  • Add extra nights
TRAVEL DETAILS

Our aim is to provide holidays that are unbeatable for choice and flexibility. We've listed our most popular travel options below, however you aren't limited to these - we can tailor-make virtually any holiday to suit.

This holiday does not include any flights or rail

Alternative transfers
If you require alternative transfers (because you will be arriving at a different time to our standard flights), then we can usually arrange these for you (there may be an additional charge).

To find out more about the travel options available call our sales team on 01606 720199, use our live webchat (we're open until 8pm today) or email sales@headwater.com

Should you require overnight airport accommodation, airport parking or even a uniformed chauffeur to take your car from your departure terminal and park it for you, we can arrange this for you through Holiday Extras. You can book airport parking, airport hotels and executive lounges through their website or contact us for further details. Early booking is recommended to obtain the best availability and prices.

REVIEWS

Luke was very helpful

22 Jun 2024

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26 Apr 2024

Megan was easily able to acquaint me with the advantages of my proposed holiday

Eric Suddes, 20 Jan 2024

Prompt efficient helpful friendly

Tessa Goodchild, 9 Sep 2023


Self-guided walking

4 nights,
twin centre

Level: 2
Moderate

9.0Kg CO2e

4 nights from £689

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Call: 01606 720199

 

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