Autumn is a fabulous time to explore Dartmouth and the South Hams. Lanes and villages are no longer clogged with cars and caravans, the beaches and cliff paths are empty and there’s space to explore and delight in Dartmouth’s myriad of shops, cafes and galleries.
Colours are sharper with the melancholic tinge of turning leaves, and there are endless ideas for autumn walks. It’s time to venture out along the cliff paths, and winding riverbanks admiring nature’s stunning display.
Here are just a few ideas to while away autumn days in Dartmouth
Who’d have thought a place called Fast Rabbit would in fact be home to one of the most stunning gardens in the South Hams? Its 42 acres are a gardener’s delight with paths, viewing platforms and picnic areas from which to enjoy a stunning array of plants and admire golden orf, koi and mirror carp in the lake.
It is also home to a vast and diverse range of species having been created to encourage biodiversity.
Why Fast Rabbit? Once upon a time, an agile rabbit-chasing collie was shown a hare. But he didn’t chase it, until his owner shouted ‘fast rabbit.’ As the hare and collie vanished into the distance, the garden was given its name (and the dog returned empty handed, so to speak, having been easily outpaced!)
The garden is open every day and dogs on leads are welcome.
For more information on this fascinating corner of the English countryside visit www.fastrabbitfarm.co.uk. Its just two and half miles from Bayards Cove Inn.
A national treasure
The National Trust’s Greenway, the former holiday home of Agatha Christie, is described as the loveliest places in the world, and with autumn’s foliage giving one last hurrah before winter winds sends leaves tumbling to the ground, we’d agree.
Its award winning gardens are renowned, there’s a shop filled with gift ideas for Christmas and delicious food is served in the barn café or Tack Room. The ferry service from Dartmouth is available until the end of October.
For the sake of art
Dartmouth and art go hand in hand with work by local and nationally acclaimed artists providing flashes of colour and inspiration that make you want to rush back and redecorate your home to accommodate your chosen piece.
From Dartmouth seascapes to sculptures of hares and scenes of Dartmoor in her many moods to Yvonne Coomber’s spectacular paintings that explore the beauty of meadows, there’s something for every taste. A trip to Dartmouth wouldn’t be complete without a trip to the gallery of Simon Drew. With his idiosyncratic view of the world, is a must for the list and the briefest of visits will have you guffawing in mirth.
Book a stay at Bayards Cove Inn
Our Indian Summer offer is valid until Thursday October 19, when there’s 20 percent off all rooms Sunday – Thursday.
After half term, from October 30, rooms are available from just £99.75 right up until Christmas. So book a wintry stay and enjoy everything our little bit of heaven in Devon has to offer. Read our earlier blog for some great walks.