Paddlers Welcome…

The River Dart Country Park will open to paddlers at weekends for the winter season.

Access to the river

The Dart Fisheries Association welcomes paddlers on the river from 1st October 2020 until 14th March 2021 with access from Dartmeet, Newbridge, River Dart Country Park / Holne Weir. Please do not paddle above Dartmeet on the East and West Dart nor any of the tributaries. These are legally protected due to the Salmon spawning redds and damage to the redds is a criminal act.

The egress points are at Dartmeet, Newbridge, Waterworks Bridge and at Totnes. The BC allow egress at Holne Weir (below Holne Bridge) on river left bank, but please note there is limited parking available on this narrow part of the road. The existing Egress at Holne Bridge is closed.

Paddlers are welcome to paddle on the river through the Park, we politely request that if you wish to use our land or any of our facilities, that you respect our property.

There is no canoeing or paddling permitted during the summer months.

Parking for paddlers

The car park at Newbridge (please check tariffs) is limited in size.

Following road improvement works at Holne Bridge, there is now no space for parking. The egress is now closed permanently.

Parking at the River Dart Country Park

  • River Dart Country Park, via the main entrance, is available for paddlers to park at weekends through the winter season.
  • Available at weekends from 10th October 2020 – 13th December 2020 then 23rd January 2021 – 28th March 2021.
  • There is a pay and display car parking charge for the day (£4 for up to 2 hours and £8 for the day. Card payments only)

Winter car parking pass

  • For vehicles with up to 7 seven seats, a winter car parking pass is included in our Annual Membership.
  • For vehicles with 8 – 17 seats – £120, 18 + seats please contact reception. – Passes can be obtained through reception.
  • The Old Sawmill cafe bar will be open at weekends. Check here for further details.
  • Paddlers not wishing to use the facilities at the Park will need to egress at Totnes. We have been informed that the egress at Buckfastleigh (Butterfly Farm / Steam Railway) has now been closed.
  • Commercial operators please contact our events team on 01364 655918 or email

Rules and Regulations for the Paddling Season

Whilst we welcome all of our padders to the River Dart Country Park, we do ask you respect a few simple rules

  • All boats MUST be carried from the car park to the river and back again.
  • All cars MUST be parked in the car park.
  • Parking is NOT permitted on any access roads, all passing places must be kept clear.
  • Any person running courses from our site must first obtain permission from the General Manager.

We ask you respect our other customers, if you need to change in the car park please use the top tier only.

Any paddlers caught in breach of our rules run the risk of being banned from the site.


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