We travelled by coach and the journey took about seven hours but we had a couple of comfort stops and stopped an hour for lunch at a garden centre in Gloucester. We arrived at the hotel with enough time to unpack and have a short rest before getting ready for dinner.
Our first full day in Torquay was a busy one as we boarded our coach to take us to Totnes, Totnes has a long recorded history, dating back to AD 907 when its first castle was built; it was already an important market town by the 12th century. Indications of its former wealth and importance are given by the number of merchants' houses built in the 16th and 17th centuries. Totnes is a quaint little town, they had an Elizabethan market and we spent about two hours exploring and taking photos, some of which I've shared with you in the slide show below.
Soon it was time to make our way to the river to board our boat for a 90 minute cruise on the River Dart to Dartmouth.
It was a cool day but it was bright and wasn't raining so views of the riverbanks were good and stunning.
One of the historical sights we saw on the cruise was Britannia Royal Naval College (BRNC), which is the initial officer training establishment of the Royal Navy, located on a hill overlooking Dartmouth. While Royal Naval officer training has taken place in the town since 1863, the buildings which are seen today were only finished in 1905, and previous students lived in two wooden hulks moored in the River Dart. Since 1998, BRNC has been the sole centre for Royal Naval officer training.
We passed the little village of Stoke Gabriel situated on a creek of the River Dart. The village is a popular tourist destination in the South Hams and is famous for its mill pond and crab fishing (known colloquially as crabbing).
Another place of interest on the River Dart is Greenway, the holiday home of the famous author Agatha Christie and her family. You can read about it here.
Eventually we docked in Dartmouth, where we had an hour to have a look around and get some lunch. We chose a lovely little pub called The Crab and Bucket where we had delicious fresh crab sandwiches and a pint of a local ale called Devon Dumpling.
We then had a walk around the town
before climing aboard the foot ferry for the short journey over the river to Kingswear, where we boarded the steam train for the journey to Paignton, where our coach was waiting to transport us back to Torquay in time for dinner at the hotel.
We had a great day and saw a lot, hope you enjoyed it too.
I hope you'll join me next time for Torquay - Part 2.