As most of my gal pals were back in the Bay for the bank holiday weekend, we decided to indulge in a bit of nostalgia and take the steam train over to Dartmouth.
Obviously we went for Sarah’s carriage 😉
We caught up and enjoyed the gorgeous views over the South Devon coastline on the way.
Lying in the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Dartmouth is a beautiful historical town with a coastal charm.
Once we arrived in Kingswear, we popped on the ferry over to meet Til and Harry.
Similar to Brixham, it has lots of locally-organised events going on throughout the year, from sailing to arts and cultural festivals. We had some pretty hilarious times at the annual Dartmouth Music Festival where we got waterbombed by chavs, took some really cool synchronized photos and danced the night away, almost a whole decade ago!
Anyway, back to 2015, our first stop was obviously food!
There’s a huge variety of food and drink in Dartmouth, from fine dining, traditional pub grub, bistros to cosy cafes, fish and chip shops and ice cream vendors.
We had lunch at Café Alf Resco which was awesome, but I only remembered to get a photo when it was shut .
Mmmmm, fry up!
After lunch, Harry had organized for us to take a boat ride.
Don’t we look nautical? 😉
Dartmouth has a long tradition of sailing and the Britannia Royal Naval College that overlooks the town has been training Naval Officers since 1863.
The town was a base for American forces and was one of the departure points for the D-Day landings.
While we waited for our rib (rigid inflatable boat), we killed some time attempting to perfect our group selfie…
Til loves spending time with me.
Finally, our rib was ready!
We almost reached the mouth of the river estuary where we had a brief glimpse of the 600 year old Dartmouth Castle.
After embracing the cold, we all deserved drinks and cake in a cosy cafe 😉
I LIKE LEMON-FLAVOURED THINGS.
Back to Paignton on the steam train we go!
We strolled along Paignton Beach before heading for Thai food for dinner.
(Yes, I realize it sounds like we were eating all day…but that’s because we were eating all day.)
After dinner, we hugged and said our goodbyes and I just sat by the sea for a while…
…before heading home.
Thanks for a wonderful day, girls! ❤