Dartmouth, the River Dart and Start Bay


Dartmouth, the River Dart and Start Bay

Dartmoor is the source of many Devon rivers, all of which have a beauty of their own, but if I was pushed to say which was my favourite, I think it would have to be the River Dart.

From its beginnings on the high moorland it flows down through the lovely South Hams countryside to Totnes where it becomes possible for pleasure boats to carry passengers down to the mouth of the river at Dartmouth.

Where the river emerges into the English Channel the coastline leaves Torbay behind and looks towards the sweeping arc of Start Bay and Start Point.

The river valley below Totnes and the Start Bay coastline are within the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). Also included within the AONB is the small town of Dartmouth, which is not only in a picturesque setting, but also has a rich history as well.

There are some delightful old buildings around the back streets of town, but it’s the river that has provided Dartmouth with its fascinating maritime history – and still does.

For what it’s worth, I rate this part of Devon as one of my favourite places in the whole county – I always have, and always will. Why else would I have asked for my ashes to be scattered in the River Dart up on the moor, so that they can flow through Totnes and Dartmouth out to sea?