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Love the water? Three ferry trips to try this summer

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A trip on the Salcombe or Dartmouth Ferry in the Summer in South Devon

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There’s no doubt that the South Hams has some of the best beaches in the UK bringing visitors from home and abroad back year after year to relax and unwind in the sunshine.

However, if you’re familiar with the area, you’ll know that much of the attraction of the South Hams lies in being able to get out on the water…

 ‘But we don’t have a boat!’ we hear you cry. No problem. Aside from the many opportunities to hire boats or join day cruises out of the main resorts, you can also find your sea legs on board one of the numerous ferries running throughout the main holiday season. Here are three of our favourites for you to try:


Newton Ferrers and Noss Mayo to Wembury Point (crossing the River Yealm): Seven days per week until the end of September. Summon the ferry with a signal board or give Bill the ferryman a ring! Only a short hop across the water but affords some lovely views of Newton and Noss and gives access to some great coastal walking at Wembury.


Salcombe to South Sands: A 15 minute ride from the town centre to one of the area’s most popular beaches at the mouth of the Kingsbridge ria. Enjoy stunning views of the town and coastline. Runs every day until the end of October. More information available at www.southsandsferry.co.uk.


Totnes to Dartmouth: A spectacular trip down the River Dart lasting 90 minutes and complete with entertaining commentary. Part of the popular Round Robin linking Kingswear and Paignton by steam train and bus. Running daily until the end of October, times vary depending on the tide. www.dartmouthrailriver.co.uk.

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