Bayard’s Cove Fort & Dartmouth Castle

Both of these English Heritage properties are located in Dartmouth. Dartmouth is a drive of aproximately 60 – 90 mins from Sandays but there are alternative routes using a combination of trains and ferry. Bayard’s Cove Fort was built in the early 16th century by the townspeople of Dartmouth to protect the town quay, it controls the narrowest point of the channel at the entrance to Dartmouth harbour. Dartmouth castle is one of the most picturesquely-sited fortresses in England and has guarded the narrow entrance of the Dart estuary for 600 years. As would be expected English Heritage provide all that is necessary for a fascinating visit to both places and they are a must for anyone interested in the history of Dartmouth. It is also possible to combine a visit to Dartmouth Castle with a very scenic circular walk along the coast path and /or Gallant’s Bower for amazing 360 degree views across the Dartmouth estuary and inland.