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After a thorough dose of isolation, and between getting furloughed (surely not a real word pre-2020?!) and returning to work, I made sure I did something worthwhile, heading to Devon for a week - July 2020.


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england2380A distant view of Dartmouth from above the riverside resort, with the village of Kingswear on the opposite side


england2416Making my way down the hillside. St Saviour's Church comes into view, and again you can see Kingswear on the far side - Dartmouth


england2362There's some steep slopes to negotiate if staying in upper Dartmouth - Dartmouth
















england2368International flags adorn a pedestrian shopping street - Dartmouth
















england2377Steps, steps and more steps - Dartmouth


england2371Several timber framed buildings can be seen in town, this being the 17th century Butterwalk on Duke Street - Dartmouth


england2375A sign next to The Cherub Inn says this is the oldest, and the sole surviving, medieval house in Dartmouth, built in 1380















england2463Next to the Kingswear ferry and overlooking the River Dart is Lower Street, comprising a collection of 18th century houses - Dartmouth















england2390Peering through the 16th century Bayard's Cove Fort to Dartmouth Castle - Dartmouth


england2421A warm summer's day next to the River Dart - Dartmouth


england2405The harbour lies next to Platform 1 bar & restaurant - Dartmouth















england2403Shops, hotels and restaurants surround the harbour - Dartmouth















england2419Taking in the riverfront while waiting for the cruise to set off - Dartmouth


england2413I was lucky that this was the first Dart River cruise since the March lockdown - Dartmouth


england2460Leaving Dartmouth behind and heading upriver towards Greenway
















england2447What looks like a sailing ship - Dartmouth
















england2448It's a relaxing 1hr cruise through the countryside - Dartmouth


england2452The boat turns around shortly after passing Greenway (hidden by trees out of picture), a holiday home of author Agatha Christie - Dartmouth


england2456Dartmouth is a highlight of Devon, perfect on a sunny day















england2458The guide pointed out this quirky statue standing in the garden of someone's home - Dartmouth
















england2442The attractive Dartmouth riverside comes back into view


england2469The boat continues past the town centre and on to Dartmouth Castle at the river mouth - Dartmouth


england2476The 15th century Dartmouth Castle was built at the point where the River Dart flows into the English Channel - Dartmouth













england2468Overlooking the river is the huge Britannia Royal Naval College - Dartmouth















england2412Seagulls like hanging around anyone eating food on the riverfront - Dartmouth


england2409The easiest way to get to Torquay and head east is via the quick car & pedestrian ferry across the river to Kingswear - Dartmouth


england2487Before doing that I checked out a couple of fantastic beaches west of Dartmouth, this long stretch of sand being Slapton Sands















england2491The lagoon forms part of Slapton Ley nature reserve - Slapton Sands
















england2498Slapton Sands was used during World War II as a training ground for the D-Day landings


england2499A sparkling English Channel at Slapton Sands


england2500The beach was also where 639 US servicemen were killed in 1944 following an attack by German E-boats. A memorial stands at the southern end - Slapton Sands















england2513 A hillside walking trail, part of the SW Coast Path, leads from Slapton Sands to beaches closer to Dartmouth















england2518A brilliant view of Slapton Sands and the inland lagoon


england2525A glimpse of another beach on the way to Blackpool Sands
















england2522Blackpool Sands comes into view along the Devon coast
















england2533It's another great location and a very picturesque beach - Blackpool Sands


england2539There's a cafe, shop and toilet facilities here - Blackpool Sands


england2294The first place I arrived at was actually Plymouth, this photo being the Royal Albert Bridge at Saltash















england2297Crossing the River Tamar at the western end of Plymouth
















england2305It was a windswept, rain-soaked day in Plymouth, pretty miserable around Smeaton's Tower!


england2310From Hoe Park next to the Royal Citadel, there's views of Drake's Island and the mainland peninsula - Plymouth


england2312Guessing this is a naval ship passing in front of the Tin Lido, a vintage saltwater lido on the seafront - Plymouth















england2317Sutton Harbour is a focal point of bars and restaurants - Plymouth
















england2331A cool piece of street art in a side-street - Plymouth


england2333Not so cool graffiti, but a lot more familiar - Plymouth


england2323 A 15-20min walk west of Hoe Park is the Royal William Yard complex - Plymouth















england2326Originally a Royal Navy depot, the complex is now home to bars, restaurants, boutique shops and galleries - Plymouth















england2337A short bus ride from Dartmouth heading north & inland is Totnes


england2339The towering 15th century St Mary's Church - Totnes


england2348The High Street is popular with locals and tourists - Totnes
















england2353The River Dart comes back to say hello at the bottom of the High Street - Totnes















england2345A very wicked looking dragon - Totnes



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