An Account of the History Group Dartmouth Walk – 7th May 2022

History group dartmouth walk on 7th May 2022 with John Risdon (historian)

Never predict the unpredictable! I must admit, having heard only recently, that the Dart Music Festival was taking place over the weekend, I was decidedly apprehensive as it being suitable for a History Group walk.

There was no need to have worried. Serenaded, but never dominated by ever-changing musical experiences, seventeen members of Galmpton & Churston History Group met under a cloudless sky to walk, socialise, observe and discuss the unique story and heritage of Dartmouth.

Coffee was taken at the Butterwalk, courtesy of the Sloping Deck Bakery with an option to view the Tudor & Stuart plasterwork within. We then contrasted the busy town and community associated with Foss Street and the Pannier Market by ascending to the relative tranquillity of Browns Hill to view the exquisite estuary and port below.

Descending back down to just above sea level we concluded by casting an eye over the old town centre of Clifton, dominated by its beautiful 14th century Church of St. Saviours. From there we dispersed to enjoy Dartmouth and its charms in a variety of individual ways on a beautiful sunny afternoon.

John Risdon