Dartmouth Town Centre to Dartmouth Castle
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Leave the Tourist Information Centre and turn left. Pass the Royal Castle Hotel and Boatfloat and enter Fairfax Place (named after General Fairfax from Civil War times). Note the badges on the building to your left depicting Dartmouth history. On your right note the crest of Dartmouth, with two lions (on the left is the Lion Clifton – on the right Hardness and the King in the middle being Edward III). This depicts the actual name of olde Dartmouth, CLIFTON-DERTEMOUTH-HARDNESS and the boat they are upon is called a COG , which was a boat used by a famous Dartmouth merchant/sailor/mayor, John Hawley. His name will feature regularly around the town. You will now start an incline up to Newcomen road, built in 1847 which gave Dartmouth wheeled access to surrounding towns. This is where Thomas Newcomen had his workshop, John Hawley his mansion, the first Guildhall, prison etc. Note the Blue Plaques. To your right the RC Church of St John, designed by Joseph Aloysius Hansom, the designer of the famous London Taxi, the Hansom Cab. Pass St Barnabus Church on your right, until recently an Apprentice Restaurant (similar to Jamie Oliver’s). Look at the views across the river to the mouth and Dartmouth Castle. Watch the array of vessels and think of times gone by! Pass Ravensbury House, home of George Bidder the calculating man, Warfleet House, where the previous Prince of Wales entertained the infamous Lily Langtree, Warfleet Creek where bank notes were printed, pottery made, beer brewed and indeed where the second and third Crusades sailed from in the 12th Century. Onwards past the Kilns to Dartmouth Castle and St Petroc’s Church.
Exit the Tourist Information Centre into Avenue Gardens which was built in 1636 as an island with quays all around. On to the Embankment, built originally in 1886 but extended in 1986 for flood defences. Pass the Station Restaurant, the only station in England never to have seen a train!! Built purely as a waiting room/ticket office for Kingswear station. Continue to the natural bend in the road where there is a Crimean cannon and a blue plaque depicting a little known but an important explorer, John Davis. Ahead of you note Agincourt House, now known as Bayards Cove Inn, the second oldest building in Dartmouth. You are now at Bayards Cove which is full of history. On your left a plaque commemorating in 1620 the Pilgrim Fathers who stayed in Dartmouth for repairs to the Speedwell. Along with the Mayflower, they set sail from here to America although the Speedwell did not make it past Plymouth. The cobbles on the quay are from 1665, the ladders from the Coal Humpers, the Onedin Line was filmed here and at the end is a Fort from the time of Henry VIII. Walk through this and up the steps into Newcomen Road and continue as Route 1. Perhaps catch the Castle Ferry back, a wonderful trip, look out for Miranda our Mermaid!! Enjoy.
- In town/city centre
- Café - Castle Tea Rooms next to Dartmouth Castle
- Easy Route
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|Dartmouth to Castle Walks (1 Jan 2017 - 31 Dec 2017)|