Wednesday, 14 August 2013


Today we drove to Cockington only a mile from Torquay seafront, the Domesday Book village of Cockington has hardly changed through the centuries. Cockington village is a treasured local heritage gem and working residential village. It is one of the most densely thatched villages in England, and as well as its centre piece, the Grade II listed Cockington Court, the village comprises a working forge, a waterwheel, a medieval church, water meadows with a pathway leading to the seafront, a Lutyens-designed pub a variety of shops and cafes. The historic 17th century manor house and the 460 acres of parkland, woodland and farmland surrounding it. along with the Court and stableyard are home to eleven unique craft-workers who can be seen demonstrating their skills in the open studios.

Cockington Forge 11th Century

The Old School House

The Gatekeepers House

Old Cider Press

Gamekeepers House

Medieval Church

Chandelier of Candles 

After exploring the Cockington village we drove to Dartmouth and got the ferry over to the village.

The Cherub the oldest house in Dartmouth

We had some lunch in the park then caught the Harbour Cruise for a relaxing hour on the river.

Britannia Royal Naval College 

The Estate of the late Dame Agatha Christie

Sir Walter Raleigh's Boathouse with plunge pool above

Kingswear Castle across the mouth of the river from Dartmouth Castle

Dartmouth Castle for over 600 years it has guarded the narrow entrance to the Dart Estuary and the busy, vibrant port of Dartmouth. This fascinating complex of defences was begun in 1388 by John Hawley Unusually incorporating the fine church of St Petrox, the castle saw action during the Civil War, and continued in service right up until the Second World War.

The Beach Boxes in Torquay

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