Walk - Dartmouth Town Trail
1.6 miles (2.5 km)
Dartmouth Higher Ferry - TQ6 9PQ Dartmouth Higher Ferry
A rollicking romp, which children will love too, through a swashbuckling town of adventurers and explorers, pirates and merchants, fishermen and kings. As long ago as 4000 BC traders launched their boats on the mudflats at the mouth of the river, but Viking raids prevented settlement until Norman times, when Townstal ('homestead on the hill') was established high on the hill, with two fishing hamlets perched precariously on the ridges below it. The rest of Clifton-Dartmouth-Hardness, as it is properly called, was built on land reclaimed from the river.