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Bovey Tracey is a small town on the edge of Dartmoor, known locally as the "Gateway to the Moor". It has ancient origins and was known as Boffa by 500AD.
There is an airshow in Dartmouth in Mid August where chinooks and things race up and down the estuary and, as you watch from the waters edge, its quite breathtaking (if not a also a touch alarming!) - Sophie....tourist.
We found parking in the town to be fairly difficult but seem to remember a park and ride scheme at the top of the very long hill coming in to town. Would suggest you use as Dartmouth is well worth a visit - NickB....visitor
Plymouth in Devon is steeped in rich maritime history. Today it is home to the Royal Devonport Dockyard, the largest operational naval base in Western Europe. The city lies at the mouths of the rivers Plym and Tamar. Pleasure boat cruises can be enjoyed on the Tamar, passing the Devonport Dockyard. It was from Plymouth’s harbour, one of the largest natural harbours in Europe, that Drake, Cook and the Pilgrim Fathers left England. At Plymouth Hoe is the site where Francis Drake played bowls as the Spanish Armada approached, today overlooked by Smeaton’s Tower, the old 18th Century lighthouse. Guarding the harbour is the Royal Citadel. Still used by the navy today, but also a tourist attraction with guided tours. The citadel was built in the 1660s, when King Charles II realised the importance of Plymouth as a channel port. Plymouth was extensively damaged during the Blitz of 1941. Only the Medieval Barbican area of the town was largely untouched. Modern Plymouth is extremely accessible by road, rail, sea and air and as such, is a very vibrant city with excellent shops, restaurants and accommodation catering for all tastes and needs. Surrounding the city are many charming and picturesque fishing villages, well worth a visit on a day’s escape from the bustling streets. Back to Plymouth again and a family day out can be had at the National Marine Aquarium marvelling at the beautifully majestic seahorses and divers feeding the hungry sharks or watching the glass blowers at the glass works displaying their skills, then buying some of their finished works in the adjoining shop. One for the grown-ups perhaps, tour the Plymouth Gin Distillery, the oldest working distillery in England. With the Theatre Royal, Pavilions, city museum and art gallery, Plymouth really is a city with something for everyone.
- The Donkey Sanctuary. A great day out, I’m 32 & still love it! You can see donkeys of all ages & sizes, including Piutou – unusual equines that look like donkeys but are taller than you! They do marvellous work here too for disabled children, have a shop full of donkey-orientated goodies & a little café. It’s free to get in but donations are appreciated, so give generously! Cathy … supporter
The Antiques Emporium next to the Tack Shop was a real find. After our walk we stopped at Gables Tea Rooms, which has the most delicious home made Cream Teas, and a new Art and Craft Gallery. - David
Woolacombe is a lovely seaside resort on the rugged North Devon coast and the beach here has a Blue Flag award. This area was also heavily involved in the preparations for the D-Day Normandy landings during the second world war - Delboy
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