Monday, January 3, 2011

Start Point to Dartmouth (12 Oct)

Down Farm was the name of our B & B,

a lovely example of a Devon Longhouse where the people lived upstairs and the animals down below. There were gates across the wide steep stairs to stop the animals from encroaching. It was a working farm and a lovely place to stay, I loved these paintings on my bedroom wall...

There was also a lady staying who spent the evening drawing from a photo she'd taken. It was beautiful. Looking through her sketch book was such a delight... it made me want to pick up a pencil again - though it would be with nothing like the skill and finesse of this talented woman.

We set off after our usual excellent breakfast and headed for Hallsands

which was washed away after dredging for the construction of Devonport Dockyard back in 1890s led to a drop in beach level of 12' and the subsequent destruction of the original village. The new village perches similarly on this dramatic piece of coast.

From here though it became less dramatic, so much so that we caught the bus again. The path follows the road here for some way and moves inland, so we re-joined the path at Stoke Fleming (still inland), where the path gradually wends its way back to the sea and from here it was a short walk along to Dartmouth.
As far as walking goes this was a very quiet day. Dartmouth was interesting though, with some amazing buildings;
a barometer on a wall; a slightly terrifying car ferry; .which was fascinating to watch - (see below) - it was almost like a pair of dancers;

and lots of people, probably the busiest place we'd been in so far. Finding a B&B proved a little tricky, but we got there in the end and were able to enjoy long hot baths again!

The Ferry Dance


  1. Hmm, yes. I guess the boat knows what its doing. I remember that the old ferry at Ballachulish would take you half a kilometre downstream when the tide was flooding and then have to strain to get back up to the far slipway.

  2. Hi Ruthie! Sorry I'm a bit slow here. You should definitely start drawing again, you have an incredible eye for photography :)

  3. Anonymous Meriel says
    I too am slow off the mark - no proper excuse.
    All I remember about being in Dartmouth was the rain and on a much earlier visit looking at the Naval College so I'm sure your visit would be much more informative than mine.