Dartmouth - The Cream of Devon
Self-catering is a matter of personal choice, but it is a form of holiday that my wife and I have enjoyed for many years. The South West of England is
well known for its scenery, places to enjoy and things to do. However, it was only latterly that we 'discovered' the wonderful town of Dartmouth almost
by accident when returning to Plymouth. Finding our route over the Dart lower estuary we crossed the river on what can best be described as a small
tug and a floating bridge. (We could have crossed using the 'Upper Ferry', which draws itself along cable, and links the banks at the northern end of
On arrival we immediately knew that Dartmouth was somewhere that we had to spend more time and so the very next year we booked a holiday in
June. Long days and balmy evenings followed. Dazzling lights on the water reveal the late running ferries and the silhouettes of moored craft.
There can be few more fascinating and beautiful locations. The estuary enters from the sea and runs past an historic castle and defences that lead to
a beautiful harbour festooned with bustling activity. Numerous ferries, small and large work boats, naval vessels and fishing boats, not to mention a
myriad of private pleasure craft, all ply the waters.
Take the small boat from Dartmouth town quay to the Castle and enjoy tea and cake looking out to sea; the views are to die for. Alternatively, sit and
admire the view from the town quay.
In the summer the sun kisses Kingswear and its multi coloured hillside houses on the opposite bank; one could almost imagine being somewhere
Mediterranean! There's so much to see including youngsters who pull crabs from the lofty harbour walls without a worry that they might fall in!
Dartmouth is a town full of history and the Britannia Naval College sits imposingly at the top of a great hill maintaining a watch over the town. The
college is often open to visitors, allowing the inquisitive to see where our Naval Officers are trained, including a number from the Roy