Dartmouth is a deep, sheltered river that’s quite straightforward and easy to enter. The approach is from SSE, leaving the green Castle Ledge Buoy to starboard and the red Homestone Buoy to port. Two south-cardinal buoys guard the dangers on the east side of the approaches around the Mew Stone.
Opposite Kingswear Castle leave the red Checkstone Buoy to port, steer through the narrows and follow the river upstream. Opposite Bayard’s Cove, watch out for the Lower Ferries and give them a wide berth. The ferry floats are towed alongside with tugs and they need room to manoeuvre. The Higher Ferry, half a mile further up, is paddle-driven on cables that sink down behind it, so wait to pass at least 50m astern. Dart Marina is just beyond the Higher Ferry on the western shore.
At night: The white sector of Kingswear leading light brings you safely in from the south-east between the Homestone and West Rock buoys and then through the castle narrows.