LOCAL INFORMATION HIGHER GITCOMBE ★★★★★
Where old fashioned hospitality meets modern day comforts
Dartmouth Boat Hire Centre, Kiosk by the Bandstand,
The Picnic Boat – Exclusive catered cruises along the River Dart
Kayaking in Dartmouth – 3 hr taster session, Families welcome.
Trioceansurf. Paddleboards, Kayaks, Bodyboards, Surfboards, Wetsuits.
Canoe Adventures – Experience a unique canoe journey aboard a superb tradional guided canoe on the beautiful River Dart.
Great Escapes – Wildlife boat trips, seashore safaris, wildlife photography, diving and more.
Blackpool Sands close to Higher Gitcombe Boutique Bed and Breakfast – Blackpool Sands is the ideal family beach to relax, swim or sail. Beach Lifeguards in family holidays, The Organic Venus Café, The Venus Beach Shop, Watersports, Sand Pits, Bathing Raft, Summer Events.
Other beaches nearby include:
Bantham, Beesands, Bigbury-on-Sea, Blackpool Sands, Challaborough, East Portlemouth, Gara Rock Beach, North Hallsands, Hope Cove, Lannacombe, Mattiscombe Sands, Millbay, North Sdnds, Slapton Sands, South Milton Sands, South Ssands, Strete Gate, Torcross, Thurlestone Sands.
Rail & Boat Trips
Woodlands, all weather Family Theme Park only 5 minutes from Higher Gitcombe Boutique Bed and Breakfast.
Babbacombe Model Village – the world famous model village in Torquay, take a trip around your little Britain.
Fun for children and adults alike!
Pennywell Farm – Devon’s friendliest day out.
Visit Dartmouths spectacular Britannia Royal Naval College – Dartmouth has been the home of Naval Officer training since 1863. Guided Tours. Further information available from The Britannia Association on 01803 677565.
Go Ape – live life adventurously – UK’s No 1 Forest Adventure, Nr Exeter.
Dartmoor Otters and Buckfast Butterflies – a great day out whatever the weather.
National Marine Aquarium, the Nations Aquarium, Plymouth.
Explore the big wild world, the King of Zoos
The Golden Hind – Get on Board! Visit the full size replica of Sir Francis Drake’s Ship in Brixham – A great combination of learning, living history and fun.
Car & Van Hire
Why not take the worry out of driving, catch the train to Totnes station and hire a car when you arrive.
B. H. Autobodies – small cars, family saloons, seven seaters. Full AA cover, Unlimited mileage over 3 days rental. Pick up from Totnes station.
Market days are Tuesday, Thursday and Friday with specialist markets on Saturday. 01803 832281
Totnes Market – A fantastic twice weekly market of antiques, musical instruments, second hand books and local organically produced products is a must as well as exploring the many historic corners of this fascinating town.
The National Trust
Greenway – Discover Greenway, the beloved holiday home of Agatha Christie, nestled in a woodland garden on the banks fo the River Dart.
A great and scenic way to visit Greenway – the Dartmouth to Greenway ferry.
Alternatively, park on The Ham at Dittisham, walk to the pontoon and Ding the Bell to call the ferryboat man to take you over the river!
Straight from the front door of Higher Gitcombe Boutique Bed and Breakfast. Chat to Paul about your walks from the house. Ordinance Survey maps available.
The home page of the South West Coast path website has all you need to enjoy one of the world’s best walks. Easy Access walks, Day by Day guides, Distance Calculator, Trip Planning, Pub Walks in South Devon.
English Heritage & Others
Castles of Devon and other historic sights include
Dartmouth Castle, Totnes Castle, Bayards Cove Fort, Berry Pomeroy Castle, Dartington Hall.
Buckfast Abbey – a Tranquil Haven.
Exeter Cathedral – The jewel in the heart of Exeter.
Powderham Castle, Gardens and Deer park – Entertaining guided tours for all ages.
Golf & Spa
Horse Riding – Dittiscombe Equestrian Centre –
The home of Horse Riding in the South Hams,
Arts & Crafts
Dartmouth and Totnes have a fascinating array of art galleries and craft shops and courses to do.
Why not indulge in some creativity and join an art course just down the road at Coombe Farm Studios. Courses at Coombe have been established for over thirty years and they have a range of fantastic artists who teach year-round. You can do painting, pottery or printmaking and there’s also a regular drop in Yoga class at 6pm on Tuesdays.
Baxters, contemporary art, craft, jewellery
Rowbury – pictures and gifts
Quality Contemporary British Art – D’Art Gallery
Artmill Gallery 2, showcasing some of the finest artists and potters in the South West.
Siegle and Co , the best Devon Craftsmen, the finest local materials.
White Sails – exhibiting originals, limited editions, photography and prints as well as sculpture, bronzes and jewellery.
Trish Thomas, Jewellery Designer.
Devon Guild of Craftsmen – contemporary Craft exhibitions and events.
And last but most definitely not least, Simon Drew local Artist. A gallery showing porcelain, earthenware, stoneware, original drawings, original paintings, prints and cards – all with his wonderful sense of humour.
See our Local Events page and sign up to our Higher Gitcombe Boutique Bed and Breakfast Newsletter to find out all about our fabulous local Festivals. The Dartmouth Music Festival, the Beer Festival, Dartmouth Royal Regatta, The Dartmouth Food Festival and many many more.
The Paddle Steamer
The Dartmouth Steam Railway
The Dartmouth Castle Tea Rooms
Dartmouth and the Royal Naval College
Start Bay Lighthouse
The Canoe Adventures