Dart Valley Railway
Queen's Park Station
We took the train from Paignton (awful town, but the start of the journey!) to Kingsweir. We then got the passenger ferry across to Dartmouth - very lovely town with lots of interesting shops and plenty of Cafes, Pubs and Restaurants to eat in. We then did an hour cruise up the River Dart which was really lovely and we then repeated the journey back (ferry and train). It was a really lovely day out. It can get quite busy during the peak times but very well organised and some lovely scenic coastal views on the Steam Train. Well worth the family ticket!
We have done the Round Robin trip twice now, in opposite directions. It's an excellent experience, and reasonable value, especially if purchased on a Jubilee ticket.
Don't waste time in Paignton, head for lunch in Totnes where there are lots of options, some by the river.
Do plan your timing, as tides can mean that boat trips back from Totnes can finish as early as 2pm.
There's a big car park right next to the station at Kingswear (about £4 a day) and you can use the ticket to cross over on the passenger ferry if you want to start with the boat trip.
Mr and Mrs Bramworth