Dart Estuary

River valley slopes and combes

This landscape type is found along the banks of several rivers along the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) coast including the Yealm, Erme, Dart and Salcombe-Kingsbridge estuary.


  • High slopes, rounded hills and small narrow valleys
  • Mixed cultivation, predominantly pasture in variable fields with curving hedges and variable presence of hedgerow trees
  • Broadleaf woodland to water’s edge and discrete small woods elsewhere
  • Very narrow stream valleys with rough pasture and dense field boundaries, rough grazing pasture near the river
  • Scattering of hamlets rather than villages or farmsteads, with occasional large riverside settlements
  • Sparse road network, many paths
  • Extensive views over river valleys
  • Many farm conversions