Wednesday, 18 June 2014

South Devon - June 2014 - Dartmouth to Totnes River Cruise

On Saturday morning we were up at 7am!  We had booked a river cruise, as part of our Jubilee Pass, and the boat left Dartmouth at 9am.  After a quick breakfast we caught the early bus down into Kingswear and the passenger ferry across to Dartmouth.  We had time for a coffee before we boarded so sat alongside the water watching the early morning boats come and go.

We boarded our boat for the morning, The Cardiff Castle, and left at 9am for the 1.5 hour trip up the river to Totnes.  As it was the early sailing there was only a dozen of us on the trip.  The commentary was really funny and made the time fly by!  We passed some really pretty riverside villages including Dittisham and Stoke Gabriel, sailed passed the working boatyards, the Royal Naval College, Agatha Christie's last holiday home, Greenway, and Sharpham House (a now famous Devon vineyard).  The wildlife was stunning too.  Lots of little egrets, cormorants, ducks and geese and we even saw nesting herons!

Once docked at Totnes, we saw the massive queue for the return journey so decided to stay on to keep our seats. Lucky we did, because it was full on the return journey.  The weather was fantastic for the whole trip.

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