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Top 5 Boat Trips In South Devon

Life’s a beach here at Beverley Holidays, and owning your own seaside static caravan holiday home on the English Riviera has many benefits. But there’s no better way to unwind than on a boat trip breathing in the fresh sea breeze and admiring our abundance of local sealife, from friendly seals to the occasional dolphin.

Heading out on the water is the perfect way to explore our beautiful South Devon coastline, taking in quaint harbours, fishing villages and the animal inhabitants that call our coast ‘home’. To ensure you don’t miss out, we’ve put together our top 5 boat trips to enjoy with your family, friends and even your pet pooch so pull up the anchor and set sail on our top 5 boat trips in South Devon.

Dartmouth Day Cruise

Pair a trip aboard the historic Dartmouth Steam Railway, departing from Paignton to Kingswear, with a scenic River Cruise that shows the historic naval town of Dartmouth in all it’s glory. The trip starts with a quick River Dart crossing on a foot passenger ferry over to Dartmouth, where you then board a River Cruise boat for a 1-hour circular route exploring the river and estuary.

Journey up the mouth of the river to Dartmouth Castle, a beautifully located fortress that guarded the sparkling waters surrounding it for some 600 years, before dipping down to the picture-postcard setting of Dittisham village. Pass the glorious grounds of Greenway House – home to the late Dame Agatha Christie who described it as ‘the loveliest place in the world’, before standing to attention for Britannia Royal Naval College, keeping your eyes peeled for herons and kingfisher along the way. Boat trips in South Devon don’t get much better than this!

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Paignton Pleasure Cruises & Ferry Service

The family-run team behind Paignton Pleasure Cruises have been ferrying around happy holidaymakers for more than 60 years, showing the very best of Torbay from the water. You’ll find it operating from Paignton Harbour, perfect for those staying at Beverley Holidays being just a short car or bus trip from our holiday parks, with a regular ferry service taking you to the bright lights of Torquay or the quaint cobbled alleys of Brixham.

But for something truly memorable, set sail on one of its many tailored trips, from fishing expeditions to a coastal wildlife cruise where the captain takes you to natural bird sanctuaries reached only by sea. It’s a great chance to catch a glimpse of one of Torbay’s most-loved sealife residents – with dolphins regularly seen dancing in the waves. Its Sunset Cruise is another firm favourite, weaving you around coves and inlets, passing the English Riviera’s version of ‘London Bridge’ along the way.

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Paignton beach

Western Lady Ferry Services

Give the bus a break and travel between Brixham and Torquay aboard the Western Lady, a ferry service that has been serving Torbay’s shores for over 75 years. The 30-minute ferry ride sailing across the sheltered waters of Torbay is a must on the holiday hit list. It’s a great way to soak up the sights in the South Devon sunshine aboard the Western Lady’s white and navy blue boats which have become a regular fixture on the Bay’s horizon.

Choose to begin the seafaring fun from New Pier on Brixham Harbour, where you’ll wave goodbye to its famous fish market, passing friendly seals that can often be seen swimming around it’s fish-filled waters. Give a wave to fellow holidaymakers walking the boards of Paignton’s pleasure pier, before the captain sets his sights on Torquay where you can disembark for a stroll along it’s lovely promenade or grab a coffee at one of its many pavement cafes.

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Dartmouth To Totnes River Cruise

If Dartmouth has blown you away with its rich navel history, head back for another memorable day aboard the Dartmouth to Totnes River Cruise which takes you further up the River Dart to discover even more delights. The relaxing 90-minute riverside ride winds past the picture-postcard villages of Stoke Gabriel and Dittisham, both boasting stunning thatched cottages and beautiful birdlife so have your binoculars at the ready.

Pass the beautiful setting of Sharpham Estate with its endless miles of empty hillsides rolling down to the water’s edge, with boat trips in South Devon not getting more relaxing than this. End your trip in the captivating market town of Totnes, a great place to pick up a souvenir or two, with its quaint cobbled streets home to a wealth of independent shops famed for ethical and fair trade goods.

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