Cornworthy and Dittisham Area Guide

Cornworthy is a village that has a lot going for it: a thriving community, beautiful rolling hills and some wonderful old buildings.

The most noteworthy building in the village is actually a ruin: the Cornworthy Priory, which was founded around 1238 by Eva de Braose, a woman who acquired much land on the death of her husband William however it was dissolved later under Henry VIII and subsequently became a ruin.

Cornworthy would later become famous for its quarries and stone from them have been used in the construction of both Dartmouth and Kingswear Castles, as well as the village’s own St Peters Church. It is also home to a popular pub The Hunters Lodge Inn which is very much at the heart of the community. To find out what is happening in the village the best place to go to is their own community website.

Although having some second homes in the village most of the houses are permanent homes and range from small period cottages to more modern homes with the larger detached properties on it outskirts. About 20 mins from Totnes and Dartmouth there is a choice of supermarkets, shops and restaurants to choose from.

Moving on one comes to the lovely little yachting village of Dittisham just a few miles up the River Dart from the town of Dartmouth. Lying on what is the widest part of the Dart estuary this is an ideal place to learn to sail and is one of the prettiest spots around with all the charms of a bygone age.

The village church, St George’s, has many interesting features. These include the Royal coat of Arms of Charles II which hangs over the door – a token of gratitude to the townsfolk for their support of the Royalists. There is also a fine 15th century carved stone “wineglass” pulpit along with some wonderful 19th century stained glass.

The best way to arrive in the village is via the little ferry which runs between Dartmouth and Dittisham Quay during the summer. The trip takes about 30 minutes each way and is well worth it just for the views of the river. Just across the river from Dittisham is Greenway, which can be reached by another ferry. There is no timetable for this crossing, instead a bell can be found on the quay by which to summon the ferry. Greenway is the former home of Devon’s most famous author, Agatha Christie. The house and estate are now managed by the National Trust and open to the public.

Dittisham has some incredible properties with the best and most expensive overlooking the river. Slightly inland you will find beautiful cottages and more modern houses. There are many second homes in the village but there is still a vibrant community feel with The Ham Playground and field overlooking the river a great place to kick a ball around. The nearest schools are in Dartmouth.