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Bigbury on Sea
This bustling little holiday hamlet stands on low cliffs overlooking a sandy beach which curls round to the mouth of the River Avon. Burgh Island, which is linked to the mainland at low tide, has a 14th century inn, said to be a base for smugglers as well as a luxury Art Deco hotel. Accessed on foot, but at high water the gap is spanned by an ungainly looking sea tractor.
Thatched and whitewashed cottages are picturesque links to the days when small coasters sailed to Bantham to unload fish, coal and other cargoes which were ferried up the River Avon to Aveton Gifford.
Quaint cottages of the village overlook a fine bay, and above it is a clifftop golf course edged by sandy coves. The nearby South Milton Sands are dominated by Thurlstone Rock.
A sandy, rock flanked cove, which has a small harbour at its northern end. Inner Hope, one of the cove’s two hamlets, has retained the character of the old fishing community, with a narrow main street and quaint old buildings.
A favourite haven for yachting, Salcombe has one of the West Country’s finest natural harbours and a gateway to many tidal creeks. Small boats can explore as far inland as Kingsbridge. Old world streets are busy with visitors in the summer months, its regatta first held in 1857 the highpoint if the town’s calendar.
The ‘capital’ of the South Hams District of Devon, Kingsbridge is an interesting old town where roots go back to a 13th century charter. It’s seen at its best when high tide covers the creek’s mudbanks with small boats at anchor by the quays.
A sheltered cove surrounded by high wooded cliffs where Rhododendrons bloom near the beach in summer.
The shingle beach is overlooked by a granite monument presented by the United States Army to local people who ‘generously left their homes and their lands to provide a battle practice area for the successful D Day assault on Normandy in June 1944.
Completed in 1493 the castle was the first to take cannon, with 7 guns to protect the approach to Dartmouth. Inside are displays of armour, naval pikes and other weapons, and there are fine views up the estuary from the tower.
Dartmouth’s deep-rooted seafaring tradition are epitomised by the Britannia Royal Navy College where George V, George VI and other kings to be served as cadets.
Crusaders sailed from the town in the 12th century and associated with Sir Walter Raleigh sending 9 ships to fight the Spanish Armada. In 1620 the Pilgrim Fathers’ ships the Mayflower and Speedwell put into Dartmouth for repairs.
Fine old buildings provide a link with the town’s history including the 17th century Butterwalk. Originally a row of merchants’ houses with the first floor supported on columns to form a covered trading area below.
A colourful collection of yachts, ferries and bigger seagoing ships fill the Dart and the Boatfloat, a small inner harbour between the quay and the river. A carnival is held in June, a regatta and fishing festival in September.
The town has Saxon origins, the remain of a Norman castle and wealth of architectural treasures. Many buildings date from the Middle Ages, when export of tin and wool made Totnes one of the most flourishing ports in England.
Spanning the river is a three arched bridge built in 1828, foundations of the original 13th century crossing visible at low tide
The beloved holiday home of the famous and much-loved author Agatha Christie and her family you can take a glimpse into their lives.
This relaxed and atmospheric house is set in the 1950s, when Agatha and her family would spend summers and Christmases here with friends, relaxing by the river, playing croquet and clock golf, and reading her latest mystery to their guests.
Ferries take foot passengers and cars across the river to Dartmouth making Kingswear a popular place in summer. It is also the southern terminus of the Dart Valley Railway, the line originally opened in 1864.
Huge fortifications built in the 19th century, when Britain was at war with France, cross this high headland, a country park commanding views of Torbay
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