Castles, gardens and river boats…

Last week we spent a few days away in the south Devon town of Dartmouth, for our first holiday for over a year. We last stayed in the town nearly twenty years ago, so it was interesting to see what had changed – and what hadn’t. Obviously there are a few new things, but overall it’s still a pretty, unspoiled, and history-rich place to visit, and we really enjoyed the trip.

Thanks to a badly chipped windscreen picked up on the journey down, we were without a car for the first couple of days. That forced us to be a bit more inventive, and to find places near at hand to look round. They included the town itself, its museum and its castle, and Agatha Christie’s summer home Greenway House, which is easy to get to by ferry.

By Thursday the car had been fixed and we went a little further afield, first to Slapton Sands (a wonderful sand bar stretching several miles along the coast), the bustling fishing port of Brixham, and Coleton Fishacre gardens.

I’ll try to post more about each of the destinations over the next few days, but in the meantime here’s a photo of Dartmouth in the evening sunshine, taken soon after we’d demolished a plateful of pub grub at the Dartmouth Arms, a wonderful old pub on the river front next to an old fort. You can just see the larger fortifications of Dartmouth Castle in the distance.

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