The festive holiday is not just for battening down the hatches and settling down to hours of TV, copious amounts of food, and the odd drink or two.
It’s a great opportunity to get outdoors, whether that’s an amble around the shops, a stroll to Gallants Bower, a Civil War fort with 360 degree views across the estuary and inland, or embarking on our town’s Heritage Trails.
As part of Dartmouth’s Mayflower400 celebrations, and launched in November 2019, you can follow in the Pilgrim’s footsteps and find out more about Dartmouth’s links to the historic voyage made by the Mayflower across the Atlantic in 1620.
It was skilled craftsmen from Dartmouth who managed to repair the Speedwell and ensure that she and the Mayflower could continue their journeys to Plymouth and eventually North America.
The Town Trail takes visitors around the historic streets and points of interest: The Museum, Pillory Square, The Butterwalk (1635), St. Saviours Church (1372), Agincourt House (14th century), Bayards
Cove (1539) and Bayards Cove Fort (1510), where the Mayflower and Speedwell were moored in 1620.
A Walking Trail links Townstal – the original settlement – with the port, beginning at St Clements Church (14th century & the ‘MotherChurch’), Old Mill Creek, and down the ancient streets – walking in
the footsteps of the Pilgrims – with many interesting historic buildings along the route.
A Castle Trail takes visitors from Bayards Cove to Dartmouth Castle (1488), St Petrox Church (1641) and the Civil War fieldworks on Gallant’s Bower (1642).
If you want to stride on some more, there’s the Little Dartmouth walk, a circular 4 mile route with stunning views across the sea towards Dartmouth.
Click here to follow the National Trust’s map and directions
Although now just a ruin, the Civil War fort is still an impressive place to explore with amazing 360 degree views across the estuary and inland.