Out and About
Natural beauty - walking & National Trust
Luxury self catering holiday accommodation for walkers and lovers of natural history
The Pottery is a luxury self-catering holiday apartment at Warfleet Creek in Dartmouth, Devon. Near the mouth of the River Dart, and close to the South West Coast Path, it is ideal for walking, and close to a number of National Trust properties. Natural history enthusiasts will find the area rich in wildlife & natural beauty.
There is plenty of entertainment for wildlife fans too. The Dart Valley runs roughly 70km up onto Dartmoor and is home to some of the UK’s more unusual mammals, including otters upstream, and seals in the estuary. Dolphins are occasionally seen off the coast. Rare horseshoe bats have been found around Dartmouth too. Salmon and trout live in the river – a number of old salmon traps can still be seen along the banks. Bird life is plentiful in the numerous oak woods along the banks, from which the river gets its name.
For further information visit our Dartmouth Information pages. A couple years ago, a seal came within 1 metre of guests swimming in Warfleet creek!
National Trust and local history
Apart from the Coast Path itself, there are numerous sites around Dartmouth and South Hams owned by the National Trust, such as Agatha Cristie’s home at Greenway, Combe Fishacre, or the remains of Gallants Bower, a civil war fort, which lies in the wood directly behind the Pottery. English Heritage also maintain a number of local landmarks, such as Dartmouth Castle and Bayards Cove.
The Pottery is in an ideal base from which to explore the area on foot. The South West Coast Path passes right by the Pottery building, and can be followed north towards Brixham, or south towards Start Bay. The tranquil countryside and picturesque villages of South Hams offer more beautiful walking routes, not to mention many fine pubs at which to stop. Further afield, Dartmoor is a walker’s dream, with many challenges and some real solitude.