As mentioned on the previous post, we arrived in Dartmouth via the ferry from Totnes on a camping trip a few weeks ago. It actually felt like we’ve gone abroad and weren’t in England anymore. It felt more like we were in the South of France, or somewhere else in Europe. For one, the weather was absolutely warm, don’t remember how high the temperature was, but it didn’t feel like the UK at all.
Little T and I enjoyed looking at the colourful houses across the river.
Loved this big imposing blue Victorian house in front of the river. Look at the intricate design by the door, and the lovely big windows. They must have stunning views of the river.
I love cobbled streets although they aren’t exactly easy to walk on. I’m glad I was wearing sandals that day.
We headed for Darmouth castle. It was a bit of a walk from the quay, but the views were stunning and in spite the heat, we really enjoyed just walking and stopping, taking photos or just breathing in the air.
The view of the river Dart was just amazing. Who wouldn’t want to stop for that?
I just loved the abundance of colour whether it was found in the flowers around or the houses. Everything just seemed so vibrant and teeming with life that day. Wouldn’t it be great if everyday life was just like that?
We finally reached the 13th century castle and church, although it really looked more like a fort than a castle. The oldest part dates back to 1380 and was built to protect Dartmouth harbour from a French attack.
I love old cemeteries by the river.
Entrance to the castle.
T and her Dad inside the castle.
There really wasn’t much to see inside, although I can imagine it would appeal to young children, especially the long dark corridors and rooms. If not for being English Heritage members, I probably wouldn’t think it was worth it, unless I guess you’re a historian like my husband. T wasn’t really into it. Thank goodness we found a small beach near the castle and she had a chance to have a little dip and play in the sand. By then it was lunch time, we took a small boat back to the harbour to have a very late lunch.
Dartmouth castle as seen on the boat.
We asked the guy who was manning the boat for some recommendations of where to eat in the area. He recommended the Floating Bridge for seafood which we were all craving for, I guess i had something to do with being so close to the river. And I’m so pleased that we asked even though it was a bit of a walk from where he dropped us off, it was still so worth it.
While waiting for our food, we enjoyed sitting by the river and I managed to take a photo of the steam train running across the river.
That sea food platter was just absolutely delicious and it disappeared not long after it was served.
After licking our plates clean, it was time to head back and wait for the ferry back to Totnes.
Have you been visited Dartmouth?