On The Water

Love The Water?

Dartmouth is a haven for those who love the water — sailing, surfing, kayaking, canoeing, paddle boarding, wild swimming and coasteering are all available. So grab a life jacket, or hop on board and entrench yourself in our watery culture.

Blackpool Sands

This beautiful, unspoilt shingle beach in an area of outstanding natural beauty. It’s surrounded by high cliffs that plunge into crystal clear sea. It’s great for swimming, snorkelling or hiring a paddle board or kayak. There are plenty of facilities, including a café and loos. 

The Paddle Shack

Based in Dartmouth, The Paddleshack provide guided SUP trips and skills courses for all abilities.

Year Round Dog Friendly Beaches

Slapton Sands
Goodrington Sands

Discovery Surf

Learn to surf at Bigbury-on-Sea and Challaborough Bay with South Devon’s premier surf school.

Dartmouth Boat Hire Centre

Boats are available to hire by the hour or day, for up to eight people.

Ferry To Ditsum

This is the perfect way to visit the picturesque village of ‘Ditsum’.

Dartmouth Castle Ferries 

Jump on at Dartmouth Castle or the town centre and relax as you enjoy the fabulous views of Dartmouth and Kingswear.


A guided tour by sea kayak is a unique way to see the local coastline and River Dart.

The Picnic Boat

For families, groups or romantic trips along the River Dart.

Kingswear Castle Paddle Steamer

The UK’s only coal-fired paddle steamer, which is now taking passengers between Dartmouth and Totnes. 

Dartmouth Rail River

Take a circular cruise around the Dart estuary or up to Totnes with Dartmouth Steam Railway and River Boat Company.

Pilgrim of Brixham - Sailing Charters

The beautiful 1895 gaff-rigged Pilgrim is the oldest existing Brixham built and rigged sailing trawler, now lovingly restored to her former Victorian glory and taking passengers.