The loveliest village in South England, Dittisham, United Kingdom
Reviews > Europe > United Kingdom > Dittisham > The loveliest village in South England
Dittisham is one of the most attractive and un-spoilt villages in Devon, England and it has in recent years, become a sought after place to live which is reflected its relatively high property prices.
In the centre of the village is Shinners Meadow and down by the river The Ham, which was bequeathed to the parish. The Ham is a place where people walk their dogs, meet friends, or just sit and gaze at the river. There are toilets, a small car park, the proceeds of which go to the Parish Council and help towards its upkeep.
To those that live in the village, Shinners Meadow is the green heart of the village. In the meadow is the local teams football pitch which is owned by the Football Club and administered by trustees for the club.
The magnificent Dittisham plum orchards - so famous between the two world wars - still thrive in the mild climate though not to the same degree as those days. However its plums are still famous particularly so for the locally-known 'Plowman' variety, which is similar to the 'Victoria' and is believed to be unique to Dittisham. There is some speculation as to the origins of the name 'Plowman Plum', one theory being that it is from German 'Pflaummen Baum' and that the trees were originally brought in from the continent. Whatever the name, the fruit is delicious and people come from the surrounding towns to buy them in July and August, when they are ripe.
At the top of the village opposite the Red Lion Inn is the Village Hall. It was formerly the village school, built in 1843 for 160 pupils. It was closed in 1968 with 18 pupils, the children now travelling to Blackawton, Dartmouth or Totnes. The school was leased to the village in 1982 and has been completely refurbished. It is now a wonderful venue for all types of functions.
The hamlet of Capton is 11/2 miles to the west of Dittisham, near the road to Hemborough Post ('Sportsmans Arms') and Dartmouth. It has developed from its farming roots into a thriving community.
One mile out of Dittisham to the north-west, again like Capton, Coombe has developed from farming roots into a small community including Hotel and restaurant, Leisure art studios and gallery.
Although outside the parish of Dittisham on the opposite side of the river, Greenway House is worth a mention. It was the home of the late Agatha Christie and has now been left to the the National Trust.
The opening times are restricted to 31 weeks a year, four days a week. Also, the number of cars/mini-coachs (max 25-seaters) will be limted, and all visitors (both members and non-members) intending to arrive by car/mini-coach must book a parking space before arriving at this property.
Things about Dittisham you may be interested inBe the first who requests a site listing for this page.
Recommended Preston Guide
Preston Tourist Information Centre offers accommodation and booking services. It is located at Guild Hall Arcade, Lancaster Road. The office is open from Mondays to Saturdays at 10am to 5:30pm. They provide brochures and event information. They would surely help you with everything you need to know about the tourist spots in Preston.Climate The warmest month in Preston is in July and the coldest is in February. The Driest month is in spring and the wettest is in autumn. An experience of extreme weather rarely occurs but hails and heat waves can also take place in the city.... Read more »
Recent reviews for Dittisham
York, United Kingdom - Feb 4, 2015, by adam
York, which is a halfway point between London and Edinburgh, is one of Englands most famous historical town. It is a beautiful place with appealing architecture and rich heritage which makes the destination an ideal tourist attraction. The... Read more »
Traveling around in London - Sep 7, 2009, by Guinevere1988
London is one of the greatest cities of the world and not just in the "geographical" sense of the word. For the first time there I was very confused, but after the third visit I got used to the taste of the city. Before going I... Read more »
Top things to do in London - Jun 30, 2009, by diana_ciocoiu
Top things to do in London London is a city where you can not bother, so try to visit as many things as you can and have fun. 1. Buckingham Palace: Today is the official Residence of the queen with 775 rooms. Buckingham Palace is a... Read more »
Applegarth Hotel Windermere - Apr 25, 2011, by jensmith
Applegarth Villa is truly a rare find in the very heart of the Lake District. Offering individual luxury accommodation of the highest standard, this magnificent Villa is unique to Windermere and the food was amazing. We found the owners... Read more »
The attractions of London - Mar 7, 2008, by lindamura
Visit London. London, one of the world's greatest cities, offers a bountiful array of attractions and activities. For those intrigue with the royals, to the adventure seeker, to those who want to take in all the major museums and... Read more »
More reviews you might be interested in
Sancti Spiritus reviews - Cuba
Sancti Spíritus is a little old town near Trinidad built on the banks of the Río Yayabo. Although it does not have great touristic or...
One day stop in Sankti Spiritus
Fussen reviews - Germany
I don't know who wrote the stuff above, but I'd like to make some corrections, no offense to anyone. :) The Roman name of the Town was 'Foetes'...
What to know about Fussen
Xanten reviews - Germany
Xanten is a small town near the border of the netherlands. The landscape is mostly flat, typical for the area. The town itself doesnt offer so much...
Nice open air museum in Xanten
Canterbury reviews - United Kingdom
Canterbury is one of United Kingdoms most well-preserved towns. It is not that big but has a sizable and important background. Situated about 1...
Opatija reviews - Croatia
Located on the east coast of the Istrian peninsula, 150 km from Zagreb, below the mountain and Nature Park Učka and on the Kvarner bay coast,...
Opatija, the best place to go in Croatia
Esztergom reviews - Hungary
Esztergom is a city very close to the capital city, Budapest. I visited it many years ago with my classmates. I remember that the city is quite...
The attractions of Esztergom
Nyiregyhaza reviews - Hungary
We (me and my girlfriend) planned to go on a weeklong trip a long time ago, but we had to wait until our brand new car arrived and all the papers...
Visiting the Zoo of Nyiregyhaza
Uluwatu reviews - Indonesia
Nusa Dua is a great little place for getting away from our everyday life. The peninsula is absolutely beautiful with some really nice hotels and...
Great vacation in Nusa Dua, Bali
Tsumeb reviews - Namibia
On the drive to Etosha National Park the weather was extremely hot. The road was of 500 km, so we almost melted, but finally we arrived. The park...
Adventures at Etosha National Park
Springdale reviews - Utah
Facts * Mukuntuweap National Monument was established in 1909; * This resulted in 1918 in Zion National Monument; *...
Useful facts about Zion National Park, UT