The River Dart, based in South Devon, winds its way from the incredibly popular tourist coastal town of Dartmouth. A few miles inland and the river meanders its way to the bustling, picturesque town of Totnes. Exploring this beautiful river by inflatable SUP is the perfect way to escape the hustle and bustle of both locations, leaving the crowded weekend markets far behind.
Just a few strokes from either town and you’ll find yourself gently drifting back to your senses as you steer yourself silently along steep, tree-lined banks with the occasional house nestled just out of sight. If you paddle the river during the summer months you’ll be welcomed by green rolling hills and flourishing oak trees, but no matter what time of year you visit this is beautiful and picturesque place to SUP in South Devon.
As this route is guided by the river you are never too far from a small village to cut your trip short should the weather change or you simply fancy taking a break at one of the pubs dwelling within. The beauty of doing this trip with a Red Paddle Co inflatable SUP means no matter where you decide to land, you can easily pack-up your board and catch a bus or taxi home.
The heavily wooded banks of the river make it a perfect SUP destination to spot a wide range of local wildlife – keep an eye out for the friendly seals that can often be spotted relaxing in the river waters by Totnes.
The trip we have lined out below is roughly 9miles long by inflatable paddleboard but with the assistance of tide and wind, it is a perfect way to spend a day soaking up the beauty of this serene Devon river.
Leave your car in Dartmouth and catch a bus to your starting point in Totnes. Alternatively there is pay and display parking in Totnes town.
Launch at the step entrance by the Totnes rowing club.
EAT, SLEEP, SUP
The major highlight of this trip and a must if tide allows is a stop at the Sharpham Vineyard café. The vineyard has two landing areas from the river which are accessible until about two hours either side of high tide. A short walk later and you’ll find yourself on the south facing banks of the vineyard enjoying a crisp glass of locally made wine. There is a fabulous independent café on site but I would recommend booking as it can get busy on sunny days in summer.
As you arrive in Dartmouth there is a huge amount of eateries to refuel from your trip, the Rockfish being a particular must for those wanting to taste the famous works of Chef Mitch Tonks.
Depending on your budget there is a wide variety of choice here. We’drecommend staying in Dartmouth and catching a bus to your starting point in Totnes so you are close to home once you finish.
bus to your starting point in Totnes