Dart Harbour & Navigation Authority

Dart Harbour is a Trust Port in one of the finest natural harbours in the UK. The River Dart whose source is high on Dartmoor flows through the towns of Totnes and Dartmouth, South Devon, England. While the Dart is a busy port for local fishing vessels and naval shipping, it also makes an ideal and attractive stopover for smaller cruise ships and a wide variety of private luxury yachts. The River Dart is navigable from Dartmouth to the weir at Totnes.

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Welcome to the stunning River Dart – the premier South West destination!

Our job as Board and Staff of the Dart Harbour and Navigation Authority (DHNA) is to make your visit to the area as pleasant and trouble free as possible. The river includes the bustling and historic town of Dartmouth with all its attractions, where you will find the majority of visitors’ facilities clearly shown later in this guide. If you wish to explore - further up river there are more tranquil areas – please respect these peaceful spots so that all may enjoy them with equal measure. I wish to remind you that the speed limit within the DHNA area is 6 knots – the impact of your wake is easily felt in this waterway by users, flora and fauna alike. Please observe this and other Dart Harbour Byelaws. The River Dart is, in our opinion, one of the most beautiful places you can find. We would like you to help us keep it that way by respecting the environment. We have provided opportunities to recycle and refuel mid river – please be careful and mindful of other users when using these great facilities. If you have any questions – our staff remain on hand at the Harbour Office (6 Oxford St, Dartmouth), or ‘DARTNAV’ on VHF Ch11 to answer them. In any case please call on VHF as you approach to gain berthing instructions. We look forward to seeing you - enjoy your stay!