Monday, 30 March 2015

Dartmouth

The Big Painting Challenge came to an end with the final shown yesterday.  The remaining four contestants battled it out in Dartmouth producing three works of art, the last piece being an oil painting of Dartmouth harbour

We had such a good holiday in Dartmouth, I just had to have a look back at the photos!  Here's a taster from 2010.


Dartmouth is in Devon on the western bank of the Dart estuary.  The colourful houses of Kingswear on the opposite side of the river can be easily reached by using one of three ferries.





There are plenty of restaurants and cafes which open early like Alf Resco above to cater for the sailing community and those who fancy a spot of toast.


There are some lovely walks around the hilly town with beautiful views and you can walk next to the river all the way to Dartmouth Castle and to the sea beyond.


 A longer walk from Kingswear will take you along the South West Coast Path to the National Trust property Coleton Fishacre which used to belong to the D'Oyly Carte family.  It has wonderful gardens practically down to the sea plus the Arts and Crafts house is fabulous.



Dartmouth Castle is owned by English Heritage and puts on plays over the summer in the grounds.  We enjoyed Macbeth.



Datmouth Naval College sits high over the town.



 There's a steam railway in Kingwear which takes you to Paignton.


You can walk or take a boat trip to Agatha Christie's house Greenway, now National Trust.





Wherever you look there are lovely views.


Back in the town, there are many winding narrow streets.  This is an old Church used by Dartmouth Apprentice training restaurant.  Sadly, I think they have had to close due to funding issues.



 So lots to do there or you can just sit in the sunshine and watch the boats sail in and out!  Time to go back again!


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