Things to do near Fingals

Below you will find a selection of things to do locally.

Fingals is a mile away from Dittisham, a beautiful village sited on the edge of the river Dart. As well as the many popular tourist spots right on our doorstep; Agatha Christie's recently restored summer house and gardens are just across the river, there are many delights a short drive away including the renowned Devon beaches and Dartmoor National Park. Below we have listed a selection of some of our favourite things to do locally.

Greenway House and Gardens

Greenway House and Gardens

This is an extraordinary glimpse into the private holiday home of the famous and much-loved author Agatha Christie and her family. The relaxed and atmospheric house is set in the 1950s, and contains many of the family's collections, including archaeology, Tunbridgeware, silver, botanical china and books. Outside you can explore the large and romantic woodland garden, with a restored vinery and peach house, wild edges and rare plantings, which drifts down the hillside towards the sparkling Dart estuary.

www.nationaltrust.org.uk

Take the ferry to Dartmouth

Ditsum Ferry

Easily the best way to get to Dartmouth is to walk into Dittisham and catch the ferry from down on the pontoon by the Ferry Boat Inn. They run every half hour from 10.30 - 17.00 daily and you get a super trip without the hassle of parking your car when you arrive. Call 07818 001108 or 07907 528201 to book - essential in the summer as they only carry 12 passengers at a time.

Walk into Dartmouth!

Dart Valley Trail

If taking the ferry to Dartmouth is too easy an option why not walk? The Dart Valley Trail encompasses a walk from Dittisham to Dartmouth (about 4 miles) or Greenway to Dartmouth - and if you like further on into Totnes from Dittisham! We have the maps or you can download them from the South Devon AONB website.

http://www.southdevonaonb.org.uk/explore/walks-trails/dartmouth-to-greenway-the-dart-valley-trail/

 

Dittisham Boats

Dittisham Boats

Dittisham Boat Hire can be found down on the pontoon by The Ferry Boat Inn. Here you can choose from motor boats, sailing boats, kayaks and stand up paddle boards.

http://dittishamboats.co.uk

Coleton Fishacre

Coleton Fishacre

Coleton Fishacre is a spectacular house and garden designed by Milne (a disciple of Lutyens) in 1925 for Rupert and Lady Dorothy D'Oyly Carte (of Gilbert and Sullivan fame). The house reflects the Arts and Crafts tradition yet has refreshingly modern interiors...

www.nationaltrust.org.uk

Dartington Hall and Gardens

Dartington Hall and Gardens

Such a lovely place to spend a few hours. These stunning, Grade 2*Listed gardens are a delight and a lovely place to find a little peace and serenity in our hectic world. The White Hart, Roundhouse Cafe or The Green Table are delightful spots for drinks or meals. Visit The Barn Cinema for films and "live" theatre/ballet/opera screenings, the Summer Music School for live performances and Ways With Words in July for wonderful literature. Some of the buildings date from medieal times -listed structures range from Bronze Age walls, to a medieval hall, to Arts & Crafts and International Modernist homes.

http://www.dartington.org/visit/visit-dartington

 

Take a trip on a paddle steamer

Kingswear Castle

The 'Kinswear Castle' is the last remaining coal fired paddle steamer in the UK and she was built on the River Dart! In 1924 she was launched from Noss by Philip & Son Ltd and you can take a trip from Dartmouth on this gorgeous ship from a bygone era.

http://www.dartmouthrailriver.co.uk/about-us-history/boat-fleet

South West Coast Path

Coast path

We entirely agree with the Lonely Planet when they say that the South West Coast Path is one of the top walks to be found anywhere in the word! There are 630 miles in total but you could do just a bit - a gentle stroll or a strenuous hike to a deserted cove. The heritage, wildlife, geology and scenery along the way are truly inspirational and every day walking it brings stunning new experiences.

Start Point Lighthouse

Lighthouse

50° 13'.344 N 003° 38'.539 W. Start Point is one of the most exposed peninsulas on the English Coast, running sharply almost a mile into the sea on the South side of Start Bay near Dartmouth. The Lighthouse, sited at the very end of the headland, has guided vessels in passage along the English Channel for over 150 years and you can take a tour - well worth the climb for the view from the top!

 

 

Mattiscombe Sands

Mattiscombe Sands

Mattiscombe Sands is reached by walking through fields from the Start Point Lighthouse car park or along the South West Coast Path. No fussy facilities of any description and only accessible for those who like a challenge, it is just a wonderful place to find peace and quiet.

Lannacombe Beach

Lannacombe Beach

Lannacombe is one of our favourite bathing and picnic spots. A tiny sandy cove with rocks to clamber over it really is a delight. Very limited parking keep it uncrowded - get there early - but beware, there is no beach at high tide!

Blackpool Sands

Blackpool Sands

Blackpool Sands, set in a sheltered bay surrounded by evergreens and pines is one of South Devon's most beautiful natural treasures. An award-winning privately managed family beach with turquoise blue sea giving it an almost Mediterranean feel. A shingle beach, as are all the main beaches in Start Bay and all incorporating 'Sands' as a historical name, located only 3 miles West of Dartmouth on the beautiful South Devon heritage coast.

Marshall Sailing

Marshall Sailing

Learn to sail on the river.... with qualified instructors who make boating fun.

http://www.marshallsailing.co.uk

 

Canoe Adventures

Canoe Adventures

Paddle your own canoe - up to 12 of you in one boat! Terrific fun - you can choose from a riverside ice cream halt, a picnic, build a campfire, dine ashore, a winery visit, or cook up a riverbank barbecue. By day and by night, sunshine and moonlight.

http://www.canoeadventures.co.uk

Slapton Ley

Slapton Ley

Slapton Ley is the largest natural lake in south-west England. Separated from the sea by just a narrow shingle bar, it is entirely freshwater and is surrounded by reedbeds, marshes and woodland habitats. A great circular walk takes you part way round and then through Slapton village - stop at The Tower Inn for a pint on your way back!

 

 

Anchorstone Cafe

The Anchorstone Cafe from the River Dart

The Anchorstone Cafe is a super place to eat right by the riverside in Dittisham. Family run and open throughout the summer season they specialise in great seafood lunches including crab, lobster, mussels, and oysters.

http://www.anchorstonecafe.co.uk

 

Crabbing at Dittisham

Crabbing at Dittisham

Surely the most fun to be had with a bucket and a bit of bacon! The best day of the children's holiday will be the day you take them down to the pontoon at Dittisham with a bucket, a bit of line with a weight on the end and a piece of yummy bacon rind. Watch those crabs fight to be hauled up into your bucket of lovely river water!

Sharpham Vineyard

Sharpham Vineyard

For all lovers of fine wines and cheese - or just great views! Sharpham Estate offers all these - tours of the vineyard, fabulous food in the Cafe and panoramic views of the river right up to Totnes. A great place for picnic provisions or for gastronomic souvenirs!

http://www.sharpham.com

 

 

Courses at Coombe

Pottery at Coombe

Right next door is Coombe Farm Studios, a centre dedicated to growing creativity, Coombe runs courses in painting, printmaking and ceramics as well as a regular drop in yoga class on Tuesdays open to all. Stay in the comfort of Fingals whilst joining a Coombe course for a week or a long weekend.

www.coombefarmstudios.com

Visit a Castle

Dartmouth Castle

How's this for a Castle? Built to protect the River Dart from French invasion back in the 1300's the castle has been protecting the town and river from marauders for over 700 years. It is a wonderful place - children can dress up as a pirate and every August there is a Shakesperian performance outdoor on the the grassy bank.

http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/dartmouth-castle/

Berry Pomeroy Castle

Berry Pomeroy Castle

Tucked away in a deep wooded valley, Berry Pomeroy Castle is the perfect romantic ruin.

Within the 15th-century defences of the Pomeroy family castle still displaying a wall painting of the Three Kings in its gatehouse chamber, looms the dramatic ruined shell of its successor, the great Elizabethan mansion of the Seymours. Begun in c.1560 and ambitiously enlarged from c.1600, their mansion was intended to become the most spectacular house in Devon, a match for Longleat and Audley End. Never completed, and abandoned by 1700, it became the focus of blood-curdling ghost stories, recounted in the audio tour.

www.english-heritage.org.uk

Dartmouth Regatta 24th August - 26th August

Dartmouth Regatta 30th August - 1st September

 

Dartmouth Regatta has so much going on - rowing, sailing, Red Arrows, helicopter displays, review of classic craft, road races, water polo, tug of war, swimming, crabbing ..... lots to enjoy...or take part in if you're feeling energetic!

www.dartmouthregatta.co.uk

 


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