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Dartmouth Harbour and in the background the Dartmouth Steam Railway formerly known as the Paignton and Dartmouth Steam Railway. It is en route from Kingswear back to Paignton and we had yet to experience this treat! Woo woo!

Another view of the Teign Estuary from one of our favourite eateries, The Clipper!

Self-explanatory, the pub opposite the Higher Ferry!

This is also known as the Dartmouth-Kingswear Floating Bridge is a vehicular cable-ferry which crosses the River Dart. It is one of three ferries which cross the tidal river Dart the others being the Lower Ferry and Passenger Ferry. Unlike the Lower Ferry which operates from slips in the centres of Dartmouth and Kingswear, the Higher Ferry crosses to the north to allow the A379 road between Kingsbridge and Torbay to bypass the narrow streets in the centre of Kingsbridge and Dartmouth. The eastern ferry slip of the Higher Ferry is immediately adjacent to the Britannia crossing, a level crossing across the Paignton and Dartmouth Steam Railway. More of that to come of course. I love me steam!!! Love me sunsets too!!!

A haven from the main harbour with a tunnel under the road to provide access.

Thought this a rather striking building facing Dartmouth Estuary. Can't find a great deal about its history but it has been converted into private apartments apparently.

We got a ferry from Dartmouth Castle to the town, didn't fancy another walk, and there up on the hill the Naval College where all the aspiring Admiral Nelsons start out! It is the initial officer training establishment of the Royal Navy up on the hill overlooking Dartmouth. Naval training has taken place here since 1863 and the buildings of the current campus were completed in 1905. Earlier students lived in two wooden hulks moored in the River Dart! Since 1998 BRNC has been the sole centre for Royal Naval officer training.

Another artillery fort and fourth in my list of "castles to see in Devon"! Have to admit this is the nearest we actually got! Anyway like Dartmouth Castle over the other side of the estuary it was built to protect Dartmouth Harbour between 1491 and 1502 in response to the threat of French attack and was one of the purpose-built artillery forts in Britain. By the end of the 16th century, however, the improvements in the range artillery weapons had reduced the utility of the castle. It took part in the English Civil War and continued to be armed until the early 18th century and fell into ruin. Restored as a summer house in 1855 it is now managed by Landmark Trust as a holiday let. So if you fancy a stay there go to it!!! Sorry about the scaffolding but that was nothing compared to the building site which is Castle Drogo which is yet to come.........!!!

This is an artillery fort for built to protect Dartmouth Harbour. The earliest parts of the castle date from the 1380s when in response to a French attack the civic authorities created a small enclosure castle overlooking the mouth of the Dart Estuary. This was intended to engage enemy ships with catapult or possibly early cannon. By the end of the 15th century the castle was expanded with an artillery tower and an iron chain which could be stretched across the harbour to a tower at Godmeroc. This addition formed the oldest purpose-built artillery fort in Britain. Further gun batteries were added during the 1540s French invasion scare. The castle saw service during the English Civil War of 1642-1646 when its vulnerability to attack from the land became apparent. This surprises me 'cos parking is a nightmare here and we had to park up in the woods and walk down! I would have thought it a doddle to defend the approaches!!! Anyway additional defences were created resulting in the Gallants Bower work above it and in 1748 a new gun position called the Grand Battery was added to the castle, equipped with twelve guns. In 1859 it was upgraded with modern artillery but defending this port was no longer a priority. It was brought back into use during the First and Second World Wars but in 1955 finally retired from service. It is now managed by English Heritage.

A 13th century church beautifully situated over the Dart Estuary next to Dartmouth Castle. It has a tall narrow tower and was heavily restored in the 19th century. St Petrox, or Petrocus, was a 6th century monk who may have been born in West Wales but he was certainly educated in Ireland before travelling to Rome and returning to Britain to preach in Cornwall. He set up a monastery in Padstow and died in Bodmin in 594 AD.


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