Kingswear Things to Do
Christmas 2015 saw Coleton Fishacre venture into the festive spirit for the first time and throw open its doors to show people how the D’Oyly Carte family would have enjoyed their Christmas in the 1930s. In today’s modern age it all seems a bit low key which of course was how it was meant to be. To brighten things up a bit the gardens were...more
Kingswear is on the Southwest Coastal Path, Britain's longest footpath which follows the coastline for 630 miles from Minehead in North Somerset, round the point at Lands End and then onwards to Poole in South Dorset (or of course vice-versa, depending on your start point) and the ferry across to Dartmouth is considered part of the trail. For a...more
Christmas 2015 saw Coleton Fishacre venture into the festive spirit for the first time and throw open its doors to show people how the D’Oyly Carte family would have enjoyed their Christmas in the 1930s.In today’s modern age it all seems a bit low key which of course was how it was meant to be. To brighten things up a bit the gardens were...more
If the house is worth taking a look at, then the gardens of Coleton Fishacre are even more so. These gardens are my favourite in this part of the world, not only because they’re appealing and well designed, but their proximity to the sea makes them even more enchanting.You would need a good couple of hours to do these gardens justice, and even then...more
The first choice for most people who want to visit a National Trust (NT) property in this part of South Devon would no doubt be Agatha Christie’s GreenwayLess than 6 miles away from Greenway though and just over 2 miles from Kingswear is another NT gem - Coleton Fishacre.Just like Greenway there is a house and gardens, both of which are worth...more
Coleton Fishacre is a country house that was built in the 1920s in Arts and Crafts style for Rupert D'Oyley Carte, the son of Richard D'Oyley Carte, the impressario behind the operettas of Gilbert and Sullivan, whose business empire also included the Savoy Hotel in London. It is now owned by the National Trust.it was designed by the architect...more
‘The Ship’ is how a maritime pub should be. Pubs and landlords come and go but it’s always re-assuring to see some never change - and that’s what I like about this place.It could be argued that it’s a bit rough around the edges in places, but whoever said that pubs with character are perfect?It’s not perfect if you like sophisticated dining,...more
In my review of the steam railway I suggested that you may want to try one of the nearby local hostelries instead of hanging around on the platform for the train. There used to be three pubs in Kingswear, but now there are only two, and believe it or not, the pub that isn’t functioning is the Royal Dart Hotel. This grade II listed building is...more
0 Hotels in Kingswear
The Paignton and Dartmouth Steam Railway should really be called the Paignton and Kingswear Steam Railway because at the River Dart end of the line the terminus is at Kingswear. It wasn’t meant to be that way because there were efforts to construct a bridge across the river to Dartmouth, but opposition meant it was never built - although a station...more
There’s a very strong possibility that when you come to Kingswear you’ll be using one of the ferries that transport people and vehicles across the river to, or from, Dartmouth - so which one should you use?To put it simply there are two car ferries and one passenger ferry. The Upper Ferry is a modern car ferry that avoids both Kingswear and...more
Whilst the Lower Ferry has been around since at least 1365 the Higher Ferry is a relative newcomer. Originally, in 1828, a suspension bridge was planned to connect the A379 Plymouth to Torbay road but for whatever reason this failed to get planning permission and so a floating bridge was constructed instead. This comprised a 40 foot by 30 foot...more
Kingswear Off The Beaten Path
Kingswear to Brixham Coastline
If the town of Kingswear doesn’t offer much in the way of visitor attractions, then the surrounding countryside and coastal scenery more than makes up for it.
For anyone who likes walking, then the coast path between Kingswear and Brixham is a gem, but if you prefer, there are boat companies that run between Brixham and Dartmouth that can make life easier. To be honest it’s good to do both and then the coastline can be seen from different viewpoints.
The footpath out of Kingswear follows the river above the castle and out to Froward Point, where the river meets the coastline. I’m not going to describe the walk in detail but you can get an idea from the photos I’ve posted.
The route is part of the South-West Coast Path (SWCP) which is the longest in Britain at 630 miles, and is consequently well signposted and easy to follow.
The distance between Kingswear and Brixham is about 11 miles, but nobody says that you have to do it all in one go,
but a certain amount of preparation would be needed to work out a circular route that might be suitable.
Another piece of advice would be to check the SWCP website before starting out to find out if there are any diversions due to landslips etc. It’s not uncommon. (link below).
I would also suggest that you’re honest with yourself as regarding fitness, because people often underestimate the time it takes to walk up and down the coast path’s hilly terrain. My walking speed and ability is probably less than most people’s but I don’t let that stop me. I just do it in small sections at a time - or catch a boat!
Whichever way you do it try not to miss this beautiful stretch of the South Devon coastline.Related to:
- Sailing and Boating
- Hiking and Walking
Sometime in the 1960's (the exact date, or even year, seems to have been forgotten) a couple of local divers, Neville Oldham and Tony Almer, discovered a set of cannons on the river bed in front of Kingswear Castle. At first it was assumed that these were the redundant cast iron guns from the castle which had had to be replaced because the salt air...more
The coastal town of Kittery in Maine, USA, claims to be "the oldest town in the state" and was first settled sometime in the early 1600's. What it was called then is anybody's guess but it got the name of Kittery sometime after 1635 when the Kingswear merchants and shipowners, Alexander Shapleigh and Francis Champernowne, arrived to set up a salt...more
Whenever I'm in this neck of the woods I'm always reminded of the old tale from the Combined Services Dinner. A General and a ship's Captain happened to be using the urinals at the same time. When the Captain finished his business with a quick shake, zipped up and headed for the door the General, in a loud plummy voice, called after him, "What ho,...more