We recently did the round robin trip. As the boat leg is tide dependant our 10:00 trip started with the open top bus from Paignton to Totnes. There was a large queue so advise getting there early if you do the same. We managed to sit on the top deck, unfortunately we got a bit wet as it did rain on us – silly me for thinking that wouldn’t happen in August on the English Riviera.
When we got to Totnes the 10:30 boat had already departed, so we went for a coffee and dry out in the returning sun. The next sailing was at 11:45, which we caught. The trip down river was very relaxing and the commentary from the Wheelhouse was interesting and entertaining, highlighting birdlife and historic buildings. Once you arrive at Dartmouth you have plenty of time to look around. I must admit Dartmouth was picturesque but a lot smaller than I envisaged though.
When we were ready we took the ferry from Dartmouth across to Kingsway. That is where you catch the steam train back to Paignton. The carriages were clean and the seats were soft & comfortable. Overall it was a pleasant day trip, worth considering if in the area.
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