Coast & Country

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.

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.

Start Light House.

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.



WW2 Sherman Tank.

The Slapton Sands Sherman Tank Memorial. WW2 Exercise Tiger.



Painton & Dartmouth Steam Railway.

Paignton & Dartmouth Steam Railway. Just jump on a ferry across the Dart and catch the steam train at Kingswear Station.


Swinging ship Woodlands Leisure Park

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.

Gone fishing

Go fishing on the Skirries Bank Dartmouth South Devon



Golden Hind replica in Brixham harbour Devon England

Brixham, important fishing port in Torbay

Plymouth, Devons largest maritime city
Teignmouth, on the coastal estuary of the river Tein in Lyme Bay
Sidmouth, elegant Regency seaside towm
Exmouth, on the Estuary of the river Exe with 2 miles of golden sands
Dawlish, small Victoriantown dating back to saxon times

The Queen of Crime, Greenway House.
Shaldon, a thriving coastal village oposite Teignmouth




Agatha Christie. Greenway House

Agathe Christie’s Summer House at Greenway is now open to the public.

Greenway Ferry, Greenway House & Gardens

Sharpham, Vineyard & Cheese Dairy

Visit Sharpham, Devon, Vineyard & Cheese Dairy. Bordering the edge of the River Dart.

Coleton Fishacre, luxurient garden by the sea
Compton Castle, Dramatic fortified manor house

The Beautiful South Hams

Sea area known as The Skirry’s Bank and the South West coastal paths



Dartmouth Castle

Castle at the entrance to the River Dart




Secret garden at Blackpool Sands.

Secret seaside garden. Discover Blackpool gardens, a beautifully restored 19th century plantsman’s garden.

Blackpool Beach

Along the South West Coastal Path. Blackpool Beach

Walking in the South Hams Devon


Golf in Dartmouth

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 Bigbury-On-Sea

Low tide at Bantham Sands and Bigbury-On-Sea



Captured in April

Fast Rabbit Farm. Beautiful woodland garden. Only 3-miles from Dartmouth in South Devon Countryside



Award winning red & white wines & cheese.

Sharpham Vineyard & Cheese Dairy. Follow the brown signs from the A381 Totnes-Dartmouth road.


Start Point Light House South Devon

Start Point Light House

Leaving Kingswear

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.

Leaving Kingswear

Kingswear Dartmouth to Paignton day out.




Coleton Fishacre

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. Devon.

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.