This year we went on our summer holiday to South Devon. Accommodation wise we stayed in Sheldon at a wonderful park called Devon Valley Holiday Village. I cannot speak more highly of this holiday park, the entertainment was great, the staff friendly and helpful, and it is set in the most beautiful surroundings right on the Teign Estuary, just across the water from the seaside town of Teignmouth.
Whenever we go away we have a family tradition of having one big day out where we ‘splurge’ and spent a bit more on one local attraction. This time we decided to head for the Dartmouth Steam Railway & River Boat Company. Ricky, my husband, had taken this trip many times as a child with his family, so he was really keen to take our little monsters to experience the magic of riding a steam train.
There are lots of different packages available, we opted for the Paignton to Dartmouth Train, which also included a trip on the passenger ferry from Kingwear to Dartmouth.
Everything about train journey is like stepping back in time, from the traditional station to the Harry Potter style carriages, and as self confessed ‘Harry Potter Geek’ I was in heaven when we managed to get a compartment on the train just like the ones from the films (very happy mummy).
The journey took about 30 minutes and took us through some stunning costal scenery. The kids particularly liked going through the tunnel. Once we reached Kingswear, we took the short ferry ride across the River Dart to Dartmouth.
Once in Dartmouth you can opt to take a paddle boat or river cruise up the River Dart. However, as I had never visited Dartmouth before we decided to spend the afternoon there. We wondered around the timeless streets, had a picnic in the park, visited an original stone fort and treated ourselves to a yummy cream tea at a lovely café in the old market.
The journey back was very straight forward (apart from thinking we’d lost our tickets), and we were home in time for fish and chips by the sea before putting the completely worn out kids to bed and enjoying a cheeky glass of wine (or maybe a bottle).
I booked our tickets online via the Dartmouth Steam Railway & Boat Company website saving 5%.
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Overall, I would highly recommend this day out. In hindsight, if we had started the day a little earlier I think we would have taken a boat trip. The day was fantastic value for money and we would defiantly go again, possibly taking one of the other route or trips available.