Dartington, Devon Grade: Low Moderate
Set between Dartmoor and the Devon coast, Dartington is a perfect centre from which to explore this scenic area of South West England. To the south we have the south west coast with its many beautiful beaches, as well as the river Dart that leads down to Dartmouth. To the north lies Dartmoor with a totally different landscape wrapped in history with ancient woodlands and wild, open moors.
Our walks will take us to a variety of settings including an excursion on foot along the River Dart, a section of the SW Coast Path (not too many ups and downs compared to some parts but still hilly) and a walk on the evocative moors of Dartmoor.
This holiday will be based at Dartington Hall, near Totnes in Devon. Once a progressive school with a strong interest in the arts, the beautiful old buildings and mature gardens remain a vibrant centre for a wide variety of creative activities for all ages. Totnes itself is well known as a charming historic town with a forward-thinking outlook. There is something for everybody here, from the multitude of alternative therapies on offer to the numerous Norman, Medieval and Tudor buildings.
Itinerary (subject to change)
Day 01: Arrival and a short holiday briefing and orientation walk.
Day 02: Walk from Dartington Hall through Totnes and along the beautiful River Dart to Sharpham. A scenic walk along a gorgeous section of the river.
Day 03: A day on Dartmoor exploring the rugged moorland around Shipley Bridge. A day full of expansive views, a quaint stone bridge, burbling brooks and more!
Day 04: Today we head to the south west coastal path and walk the section between Dartmouth and Strete. There are plenty of sea views, hidden coves, unusual rock formations and the grand expanse of Blackpool Sands.
Day 05: A shorter walk direct from Dartington Hall enjoying the grounds and local area.
Feedback from a previous holiday: “I wanted you to know that this was a superb holiday, and I’m still high with the enjoyment, two days after I got back. Chrissie’s a terrific guide: knowledgable, light but sure touch, and we had great conversations and lots of laughter. Dartington Hall is a good choice: brilliantly located and clean and comfortable (even if the rooms are a bit small). Great breakfasts, too. The walks are all very varied, and all very interesting… We saw lots of wildlife and even steam engines. And we ate well and interestingly, too…Altogether a great success.” Jen