Top 5 Reasons To Visit Dartmouth This Winter
There’s no doubt about it, Dartmouth has a reputation as a summer town. During the warmer months Dartmouth gets tons of sunshine, has beautiful beaches and coastline to explore, clean balmy waters to swim in and a lively regatta that brings the town to life with fun for all.
But Dartmouth has plenty to offer in the quieter winter months. Not convinced? Here are the top 5 reasons to pay a visit to this seaside haven this winter.
The Solitude Of Dartmouth
If the mania of Christmas, with the mountains of shopping and never ending carousel of visiting friends and family, was a bit too much for you then taking a break somewhere quiet can really help you start the year feeling relaxed.
In winter Dartmouth has a different aura to the bustling town of summer. On coastal walks you can soak in the majesty of the South Devon coastline without bumping into a soul. Dartmouth has many fine shops and restaurants too, which you can enjoy without queuing and jockeying for position.
Yes, the lush summer foliage is beautiful, but winter in Dartmouth has a unique beauty all of its own. Nothing beats strolling along the clifftops near Dartmouth as the wild winter seas crash against the rocks and a bracing breeze whips through the winter plants.
Dartmouth’s Seasonal Delicacies
With several excellent restaurants in the town, including Mitch Tonks’ award-winning The Seahorse Food Restaurant, you can always be assured of fine dining. Restaurants in Dartmouth are big on local produce, changing their menus with the seasons. If you visit in winter you can look forward to seasonal fresh seafood and vegetables as well as organic local meats, cheeses and more.
After a full day out in the refreshing winter air nothing beats warming yourself by the fireside with a steaming hot mug of cocoa, or an Irish coffee if you’re feeling in the mood for something a little stronger.
Dartmouth is dotted with pubs, from the cosy and traditional to the more contemporary and sleek. Whichever style you opt for you’ll get a fabulous welcome and tasty tipples as well as hearty food. Bayards Cove Inn offers Tudor charm and The Windjammer Inn is also popular with locals and visitors alike.
Dartmouth is situated right on the South West Coast Path and so has a wide range of walks available to suit all ages and abilities. For a short walk that will let you explore town, the Dartmouth Town Trail is a great winter stroll that takes you through the winding streets of the town. If you fancy something a little more challenging then head down the estuary and take the Kingswear and Brownstone Battery walk which offers commanding views over the landscapes around Dartmouth.
If you’re inspired to visit be sure to book a stay in one of the stunning Dartmouth Holiday Homes to make the most of your winter break.