Dartmouth

Dartmouth is set on the western bank of the estuary of the River Dart and is a picturesque, colourful harbour town.

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Dartmouth was of strategic importance as a deep-water port for sailing vessels. The port was used as the sailing point for the Crusades of 1147 and 1190.

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These days it still attracts vessels of all sizes but more important, to the economy, are the hordes of tourists that descend into the winding little streets every day.

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Away from the consumer hordes you can still find a little oasis of calm such as this back street church. Its slumbering inhabitants rest unperturbed by the bank holidaymakers above ground.

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The headstones seem to be make of slate and are delicately weathered by the decades since their namesakes passed on.

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Back on the water a flotilla of boats are preparing to take part in an energetic race.

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Their names evoke speed, ferocity and steely determination to win at all costs!

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Regardless of who wins, I love the spectacle of the sleek boats nestled up in a line, ready to go.

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From boats to heraldic crests, there is a weathy of little details dotted all over Dartmouth for the happy snapper to grab shots of!

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The habour side is awash with candy coloured houses. A pretty postcard scene.

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Here are a few more of the vivid homesteads. All offering a nice shot of colour against a grey day.

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Next up we’re off to see some lovely wild beaches at Slapton Sands.

 

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