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The park and ride high on the hill above Dartmouth is the usual way to arrive for a day out especially busy days like  the autumn food fayre or the summer bank holiday regatta. This also gives you the first view of the beautiful town with its generations of history from the naval history , Celtic settlement to the more recent times of artists and craft shops. So as you drive down the hill admire the view of the multi coloured houses perched on the other side of the river Dart with the steam train behind and then the various types of architecture from Tudor to Georgian to Victorian . You will then realise why so many artists take up residence.

Make the most of a bit of retail therapy before taking a walk to admire the imposing red brick building of the Royal Naval College built in 1905. It was on the tennis courts just in front that a young princess Elizabeth first met the handsome prince Philip and where years later Prince Charles and William did their naval officer training. Tours can be booked (01803 677565)

Next a mile stroll or a boat ride to the English heritage Dartmouth Castle and if you fancy a 4 mile extension continue westward to the cove of Blackpool Sands

Messing about on a boat is a must in Dartmouth whether it be one of the many trips from harbour or something a little out of the ordinary like hiring a private Picnic Boat travelling upstream and enjoying scones,clotted cream and bucks fizz amidst pretty cottages and the occasional dolphin if you are very lucky.

Places to eat are abundant with Mitch Tonks harbourside flagship restaurant being one of the most well known . Book ahead is a must especially if you want a chance to savour freshing grilled prawns,Dover sole or monkfish . Rockfish is also under Tonks name and is the largest independent chippie where you can get fish and chips from £5.95.

Visit Dartmouth website is also packed with activities through the year where the atmosphere is second to none and always worth a trip .