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    • Day 12

      Liquid Sun

      July 4, 2023 in England ⋅ 🌧 16 °C

      Wo die Briten noch von "shaky weather" sprechen, würde ich bereits von ausgeprägtem langwierigen Regentag reden. Wenn es immer mal wieder regnet, dazwischen aber die Sonne lacht, sind wir bei "liquid sun".
      Heute Vormittag haben wir uns auf Compton Castle die Jahrhunderte alte Geschichte der Familie Gilbert angeschaut und mal wieder ein excellentes Beispiel von Hingabe und Enthusiasmus seitens der Herrschaften erlebt, die dort die Besucher mit Hintergrundinformationen und Geschichten erfreuen. Gewandet in Tudor Kostümen und teilweise in einem Alter, die dem Kostüm das Wasser reichen könnten.
      Noch heute lebt die Familie Gilbert in einem Teil des Hauses, weshalb es nur an drei Tagen der Woche für die Öffentlichkeit geöffnet ist. Die Geschichte der Gilbert's und des Hauses reicht bis 1320 zurück. Was für ein Stammbaum.
      Sie haben sich ihr Vermögen und die Ländereien unter anderem nur bewahren können, indem sie sich in Fragen der Religion anscheinend sehr geschickt der jeweiligen Notwendigkeit angepasst haben.

      Den Nachmittag haben wir in Dartmouth bei strömenden Regen verbracht.
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    • Day 33

      Dartmouth

      September 21, 2023 in England ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

      Auf Empfehlung anderer Fahrtensegler ging es heute spontan auf einen Ausflug nach Dartmouth. Die Jonny bleibt "Zuhause"
      an ihrem Anker in Brixham.
      Für uns geht es nach einem Frühstück in unserem neuem Lieblingspub per Bus nach Kingswear. Von dort fährt man per Fähre über den Fluss und hat schon hier einen tollen Blick auf diese wunderschöne Stadt!
      Es wird ein wunderschöner Tag mit tollen Ausblicken. Dampfschiffen, Fährfahrten. Einer alten Dampflock und Einblicke in die Vergangenheit der Forts. Mein persönliches Highlight - der Steam Train - der doch tatsächlich nochmal beim
      Rangieren inne hält, damit Jonas ein Foto von mir davor machen kann - freundlich grüßt und dann davon fährt! Wer jemals nach Südengland kommt, den können wir diesen kleinen Küstenort nur wärmstens ans Herz legen. Doch jetzt geht es weiter für
      uns.
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    • Day 23

      Dartmouth

      January 23 in England ⋅ 🌬 55 °F

      From this side of the River Dart, you must take a ferry to reach Dartmouth, a place that could be straight out of the imagination of J.K. Rowling. When I arrived it was foggy and the little town emerged from the mist with its castle and naval college. I had a great breakfast (eggs Benedict) in the Bayard Cove Inn, a Tudor inn at the very point from which the Mayflower sailed from England.Read more

    • Day 16

      Walking - Day 9

      May 19, 2019 in England ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

      Today's Route - Beesands to Dartmouth
      Distance - 22.3km
      Beers Earned - 6.2
      Weather - leaky clouds

      It's our last day on the coast path and we were disappointed that there wasn't a ferry crossing this morning. It just didn't feel right ... it was like starting a day without coffee ... or having scones without clotted cream.

      Instead we were presented with a steep up and a sharp down across the headland to reach Torcross, on the edge of Slapton Ley. The Ley is the largest freshwater lake in the south-west and is separated from the sea by a narrow strip of beach and a road. Our walk covered 2.5 totally flat kilometres of the nearly 6km long beach.

      The beach, known as Slapton Sands, is very apparently similar to Utah Beach in Normandy and was used as a practice ground for U.S. troops prior to the WWII Normandy landings. One particular 'rehearsal' exercise (Operation Tiger) resulted in huge loss of life (servicemen, not civilians), partly due to the order to use live ammunition to harden the troops against the sights and sounds of battle.

      There's a recovered DD Sherman 'swimming tank' in Torcross as a tribute to the lost lives. During Operation Tiger the tank disembarked from the landing craft without it's aquatic features properly installed and promptly sank in 65 feet of water. It was found and recovered 40 years later.

      After the flatness of Slapton Sands came a rudely steep zig-zag climb followed by, according to the trail guide, 'several fields which may or may not be filled with cows before traversing a vertiginous dip in the earth's surface'. The fields were not cow-filled when we crossed them but wow, vertiginous was an understatement. It was a traverse that any self respecting mountain goat would avoid ... and it stood between us and lunch. In the absence of a winch there was no option but to clench everything for the descent and flex everything for the reciprocal ascent.

      With our tired bodies sustained by a sandwich from the beach cafe at Blackpool Sands our tired feet took us on some gentle clifftop walking towards the Dart River and our destination, Dartmouth. Unfortunately our good luck with the weather didn't hold and we got caught in a heavy rain shower ... twice.

      Arriving wet and bedraggled, our mission in Dartmouth was to find a pub with an open fire for dinner, a pint and boot drying. With lovely medieval streets and a rich history, Dartmouth is a town worth exploring but not in the rain. We'll take some photos tomorrow.
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    • Day 22

      Dartmoor National Park to Newton Abbot

      August 10, 2019 in England ⋅ ☀️ 17 °C

      Tom took us for a drive through a very small part through the moors - i could see from the spectacular countryside how it is popular for trekking/walking - we drove through the little village were Tom grew up as a child and visited his Dad Terry - enjoying a bbqRead more

    • Day 13

      Dartmouth

      June 12, 2022 in England ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

      Ain't no quim like to party like the quim down in Darty. And there's plenty of reason to party, this is the first place I've reached over 200 miles from Penzance station, and look who's here to meet me for lunch! Had a really nice pit stop with the family, thanks mum and dad:). Dartmouth is also a lovely place, plenty of naval history and supposedly the port from which crusaders sailed to reclaim the holy land!Read more

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