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Bayards Cove

Bayard’s Cove is an ancient quay in Dartmouth, the starting point of adventurous journeys for nearly 1000 years. The Normans traded from here, Richard the Lionheart began his crusades from here, and the Pilgrim Fathers stopped by on their way to America in 1620. (A plaque at the Cove even claims Dartmouth as the true beginning of the Mayflower’s journey, but all their false starts make this hard to agree on.)

The Pilgrim Fathers would recognise much of the Cove today with its timber-framed houses, cobblestones and round artillery fort at the southern end. You might also recognise Bayard’s Cove from its starring role as the backdrop for the TV series The Onedin Line. This quay has also had an important part to play in the defence of the harbour. The fort was held by alternating sides during the Civil War, and was pressed into service as a machine-gun post in the second world war. Nowadays you’ll find the mood is much more tranquil!

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It is a most fantastically English setting. Sitting on one of the many benches that stretch along this delightful cobbled street looking over at beautfiul Kingswear and out to sea and the picture perfect Dartmouth castle. It is a brilliant place whenever you visit either at morning break when the sea mist takes you back to a bygone era or in the heat of summer when the nearby pub's customers spill out onto the street. My favourite time, however, is at sunset when the lights from Kingswear start to come on and the sun sets on another balmy summer evening. Bayards cove is quiet at this time of day and the small fort at the end of the street makes for an interesting look. This small piece of England is my favourite place in the world.

Tom Lawrence


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