A day out in Dartmouth

We didn’t venture far whilst on holiday in our favourite seaside town of Brixham but another place that we love almost as much is Dartmouth, so a day out there was a must. A four and a half mile drive took us to the ferry (there are actually two ferries for cars  – the higher and lower ferries, and one for foot passengers) on which a further five minutes took us and the car across the estuary from Kingswear to Dartmouth. There is a ferry operating every day of the year – even New Year’s Day and Christmas Day.

Kingswear – queuing for the ferry (obviously not us or I couldn’t have posted this picture). We were very lucky on both journeys as we drove straight on to it the ferries.


We parked close to the Royal Avenue Gardens and repeated the walk we’ve done many times…


… before deciding to take a river trip, reasoning that it would be cooler on board than walking along the quay – it was. Sitting on the top deck we first went towards the pretty village of Dittisham (where several actors and rock-stars have second homes) passing The Royal Naval College – you can just about see it up on the hill. Dating from 1863 famous students include Prince Charles, Princess Anne and Prince William.


Turning around just before Dittisham (the locals are very protective of their privacy) we headed back towards Bayard’s Cove (the pretty cobbled quay made famous in the 1970s as a key setting in The Onedin Line). At the far end of the quay is Bayard’s Fort, part of the 16th century fortifications against French invasion.


Further along we passed Dartmouth Castle.


Lunch was a crab sandwich at Bayards Cove Inn – as delicious as always, and then we sat for an hour or so on Bayards Cove itself watching the boats, something of which I never tire.


After a quick pop into M&S Simply Food where we stocked up on a couple of essentials and a few treats (including those seagull-attracting lemon cookies mentioned in my previous post) , we caught the ferry back across the Dart and later resumed our lazy positions on the lodge balcony.


  1. Enjoyed seeing the photos you posted. I had trouble commenting earlier, but looks like it is letting me comment, now!


  2. Oh, I love Dartmouth. We usually go the ‘long way round’ via Totnes, Harbertonford and Halwell and then use the park-and-ride bus (unfortunately rather infrequent in our experience) and once in Dartmouth we like the walk from the harbour out to the Castle on the headland, via Warfleet. There is a ferry back from the Castle to the town if you only want to walk one way, too. Marcia Willett’s lovely novel, Summer on the River, is set in Dartmouth at the time of Regatta.
    Lovely photos as always, Eloise. After we have had our walk, we take the bus back to our car and then drive down to the Higher Ferry and come home that way, via Hillhead near Brixham, completing a circular trip.
    Margaret P


    • That sounds like a fine day out, Margaret. It’s a lovely place, and for me has happy memories of family times.


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