In an area of outstanding natural beauty the two branches of the River Dart meet. East and West rivers join at Dartmeet on Dartmoor and wind their way down to the mouth of the sea at Dartmouth.
Footpaths along these rivers offer attractive walking, and there are several small waterfalls. The rivers are crossed by a number of clapper bridges, notably at the hamlet of Postbridge.
After leaving the moor, the Dart, also known historically as the Darant, flows southwards past Buckfast Abbey and through the towns of Buckfastleigh, Dartington and Totnes.
At Totnes, where there is a 17th century weir which was rebuilt in the 1960s, it becomes tidal, and there are no bridges below the town.
A passenger ferry operates across the river from the village of Dittisham to a point adjacent to the Greenway Estate.
Greenway is formerly the home of the late crime writer Agatha Christie, this has stunning views across the river, and the house and gardens are now owned by the National Trust and are open to the public.
The Dart estuary is a large ria and is popular for sailing. The village of Kingswear and town of Dartmouth are on the east and west sides of the estuary, and are linked by two vehicle ferries and a passenger ferry. The deep water port of Dartmouth is a sheltered haven.
The entrance to the river from the sea is a rocky entrance with cliffs either side. On the East side Kingswear Castle sits very close to the water's edge, and on the west side Dartmouth Castle is built on a rocky promontory at sea level. The castles once operated a defensive chain across the estuary, which was raised at dusk to destroy enemy ships attempting to attack the harbour. The remains of the operating mechanisms for the chain are still visible in Dartmouth castle.
At the mouth of the river, it separates the communities of Dartmouth and Kingswear, which are linked via the Lower Ferry, Passenger Ferry and Higher Ferry. The Lower and Higher ferries both carry vehicles, the Higher one links the A379.