Coast & Country
Dartmouth is situated in the area known as The South Hams and has been famous for it’s unique deep water Port down through the ages.
It is a perfect destination, steeped in history, and has many places to explore.
The town stages events throughout the year and today remains a busy working port with a variety of coves and beaches lying north and south of the town. Surrounded by beautiful Devon countryside and villages, there are so many places to go.
Dartmouth Castle began in the late 14th century, a defence called ‘the Fortalice’ was intended to protect homes of Dartmouth merchants from shipborne attack. By 1491 it had been reinforced by a gun tower, probably the very first fortification in England. Today, you can enjoy tales of the castle as you journey through time from the Tudor period and the Civil War to WW2. Displays on the castle’s 600-year history add to the experience. The castle is aproximately 10 minute drive from Longbow Barns through Warfleet or there are water taxi’s along the embankment that will land you just below the castle entrance.
Slapton Ley national nature reserve aproximately 20 minute drive from Longbow Barns. Next to Slapton Sands (3-miles of beautiful pebble beach) and the Start Bay Inn.
Slapton Ley is a unique wetland. The Lower Ley is the largest freshwater lake in South West England. Slapton Sands pebble bar separates the lake from the ocean and the Ley is an important stop over for migrating wildlife. Otters, mink, badgers and a variety of bats inhabit the wetland including 100 species of birds. there is a large car park at Torcross village next to the war memorial. Slapton Ley is approximately 15 minutes drive from Longbow Barns along the A379.
Along the South West coastal path Start Light House is a good place to start or to finish a good walk. The views are spectacular.
The Slapton Sands Sherman Tank Memorial. WW2 Exercise Tiger.
Paignton & Dartmouth Steam Railway. Just jump on a ferry across the Dart and catch the steam train at Kingswear Station.
The all weatherwww.woodlandspa attraction packed with variety for the whole family at one inclusive cost. The Ninja Towers has tree top Aerial Runways. Sky High Rope Bridges & incredible slides. The baffling illusion of the Seascape Mirror Maze has bewildering pathways & weird sea monsters that disappear. 16 family rides including exhilarating water coasters, awesome Swing Ship, 500m Toboggan Run & Avalanche. 10 massive playzones entertain big & small kids for hours. Rainy days are great with 100,000 sq.ft of undercover action. Explore The Empire, 5 floors of challenging tower climbs, rides & slides, hang on to the Trauma Tower and zap your buddies in the Master Blaster. Incredible Zoo-in-a-Farm, discover amazing night time & day time creatures, insects & birds.
Go fishing on the Skirries Bank Dartmouth South Devon
Brixham, important fishing port in Torbay
Plymouth, Devons largest maritime city http://www.plymouthbarbican.com
Teignmouth, on the coastal estuary of the river Tein in Lyme Bay http://www.teignmouth-town.co.uk
Sidmouth, elegant Regency seaside towm http://www.sidmouth.gov.uk
Exmouth, on the Estuary of the river Exe with 2 miles of golden sands http://www.exmouth-guide.co.uk
Dawlish, small Victoriantown dating back to saxon times http://www.dawlish.com
Agathe Christie’s Summer House at Greenway is now open to the public.
Greenway Ferry, Greenway House & Gardens http://www.greenwayferry.co.uk
Visit Sharpham, Devon, Vineyard & Cheese Dairy. Bordering the edge of the River Dart.
Coleton Fishacre, luxurient garden by the sea http://www.longbowbarns.co.uk
Compton Castle, Dramatic fortified manor house http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/main/w-comptoncastle
Sea area known as The Skirry’s Bank and the South West coastal paths
Castle at the entrance to the River Dart
Secret seaside garden. Discover Blackpool gardens, a beautifully restored 19th century plantsman’s garden.
Along the South West Coastal Path. Blackpool Beach
Walking in the South Hams Devon http://www.southwestcoastpath.com
Welcome to Devon’s Premier Golf & Leisure DARTMOUTH golf & Leisure Resort. Just minutes from the historical town of Dartmouth & one of Devon’s premier golf courses & leisure resorts. 25% discount vouchers for green fees and leisure club fees when staying at Longbow Barns.
Low tide at Bantham Sands and Bigbury-On-Sea
Fast Rabbit Farm. Beautiful woodland garden. Only 3-miles from Dartmouth in South Devon Countryside
Sharpham Vineyard & Cheese Dairy. Follow the brown signs from the A381 Totnes-Dartmouth road.
Start Point Light House
Kingswear Dartmouth to Paignton day out. Beautiful country and coastal views along the way. The easiest route would be to catch a bus from Longbow Barns to the Embankment – Dartmouth ferry (5-minutes). The ferry stops at the Kingswear railway station and you are on your way.
Kingswear Dartmouth to Paignton day out.
Coleton Fishacre. Near Dartmouth. Rare and exotic plant collection set in a secluded coastal valley. Award-winning tea-room Year-round interest.
The Kingswear-Daymark was built as a navigational aid for shipping and stands 80ft high and 500 ft above sea level. The granite tower is located near to Froward Point along the coastal path among stunning views of the Dart estuary and Start Bay. As seen from Longbow Barns gardens.