On your cruise you may see some of the many basking seals that visit the river, if you are lucky you may see dolphins, or Porpuises, you will see the resident Mermaid that lives close to the entrance to the river, and also the varied bird life that lives in the river too, all this whilst listening to the steam trains that run along side the river bank.
At Dittisham there is the famous Ferry Boat Inn, and Greenway Quay is the entrance to Greenway House where the Famous Agatha Christie lived , it is now owned by the National Trust and you can take a tour around the house and grounds. Please note there is no mooring at Greenway Quay you must use a visitor bouy and take the water taxi.
You could Visit the Maltsters Arms at Bow Creek (made famous by the late Keith Floyd) or the River Shack cafe at Stoke Gabriel, or Sharpenham Vineyard, or even make it all the way to Totnes with a fair wind and a good tide!
As once said in Wind In the Willows, "Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing–absolutely nothing–half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats."
2 Hour Cruise (For prices click here) will take you from the base in central Dartmouth down to the entrance of the river Dart where the it meets the sea, this is know as the 'Castles' and is the limit of navigation for the hire boats, at this point you turn around and head back up river past all of the beautiful riverside properties, the lower car ferry, the higher car ferry, the naval college, Old Mill Creek and right up to Dittisham (Ditsum to the locals) at this point you turn around and head back to base, travelling time 1hr 3/4 to 2hrs. (To Book A Boat click here)
3hr cruise, (For prices click here) this opens up all sorts of possibilities, you could go to the entrance of the river as in the 2hr cruise and then up to Dittisham, but with that extra hour you could stop at the famous Ferry Boat Inn at Ditsum, or visit the Anchor Stone Cafe and sample some of the delights that they have to offer. There are public moorings at Dittisham and also mid river Bouys that you can stay on and take the Greenway water taxi to the shore. Or Visit 'Tarts on the Dart' a small coffee shop on the Greenway Quay which is right opposite Ditsum. (To Book A Boat click here)
4hr Cruise (For prices click here) could take you further up river (time and tide dependant) and with suitable navigation experience, you could visit the Maltsters Arms in Bow Creek at Tuckenhay (Made Famous by Keith Floyd) further upstream passed Dittisham the river is vast and beautifull, it is like an inland sea in parts where small sailing craft are skillfully navigated through the many moored boats, Paddle boarders drift silently by, canoeists paddle by looking for adventure, or you may even see one of the large trip boats on its way to or from Totnes, but you will not be disappointed by the beauty of the upper reaches of the stunning river. (To Book A Boat click here)
6hr cruise (For prices click here) gives you the most flexibility, you can visit almost anywhere in the river (tide depending) and truly relax, drop anchor, or pick up a bouy, go fishing, have a picnic, visit one of the many local attractions further upstream as already mentioned. (To Book A Boat click here)