1. Bayards Cove

2. Path Celebration

3. Ferry slip

4. Small News




1. Bayards Cove

Bayards Cove is arguably the most beautiful part of Dartmouth, but a lot of holidaymakers spend a week here and never find it.  Our owner Dave Cawley wrote about it in the "sampler" edition of the Herald Express this week and now is a good time to give the Cove a little push!  It is where the seminal TV series The Onedin Line was filmed and has changed little in the last 100 years or so.  Residents and friends of Bayards Cove have recently had meetings to ask that the area is not "beautified or Disneyfied".   Who do you recognise in the top two photographs?

Many have said the bottom left photograph is how the cove should look with a few seats so that young families can watch their children crabbing whilst sipping a chilled Chardonnay from the "Inn on the Cove" the Dartmouth Arms.  What better way to get away from the X-Box and Playstation?  Later in the evening the sun goes down over the river and the twinkling lights appear.  On a cold clear night with little light pollution, many stars and far distant galaxies can be observed.  Bayards Cove is very special and it should be kept that way.


2 Celebrate the South West Coast Path

The South West Coast Path Association are busy organising a special event to celebrate their 40th anniversary next Spring, with the aim of funding improvement projects throughout the route of the South West Coast Path in Cornwall, Devon, Dorset and Somerset. To raise funds for small but significant improvement projects, over and above general maintenance of the path, the SWCPA are launching “The Great South West Walk – putting 40 years of love back into the Coast Path!”

A large number of countryside organisations are supporting the event including the South West Coast Path Team, the National Trust, County Councils and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty Teams, along with local walking groups & numerous tourism businesses. Media partnerships have also been secured with Western Morning News, Cornwall Today and the BBC's Radio Solent, Devon and Cornwall.  The event next April/May aims to encourage at least 30 walkers each day across a series of sponsored walks which have been broken down into 56 legs and will be done in relay to cover the entire 630 mile path around Dorset, Devon and Cornwall (as well as the Exmoor coast through Somerset).

Meeting with a birthday party at Land’s End on 7th May 2013, the south coast series starts at Poole on 3rd April, with the north coast series starting at Minehead on 16th April.  Each leg will be guided by local experts, rangers and path wardens, who are all assisting the SWCPA with this event.  Walkers joining the anniversary event will be asked to try to raise sponsorship, with every pound making a difference, so that further funding can be levered from relevant organisations via matched giving.  Brian Panton, Chairman of the South West Coast Path Association explains:

“We are offering walkers the opportunity to specify which project their sponsorship supports, providing there is enough funding for that project to take place (otherwise it be used for the project most in need).  More information about each leg of the walk, the dates and the corresponding improvement project is on our website”.  Brian continued, “People can take part in a half day or full day walk, through to a number of legs over several days, building a walking holiday.   Whether people are walking long or short distances, coming from near or far, we hope that thousands of people will take part to support this spectacular coast line.”  Through individual sponsorship, grants, corporate sponsorship and matched giving, the target is to raise £250,000.  This will enable over 50 improvement projects spread along the route of the entire path to be completed during 2013.  These projects have all been selected to enhance the experience and enjoyment of walkers using the path.

From locals to visitors, dog walkers to family outings, hill climbers to gentle strollers – the South West Coast Path is enjoyed by many.  It is used for recreation and business, is vital for the economy, whilst providing a tool for a range of charities to raise funds.  It is a unique part of our heritage and it needs help.  So please get involved with the Great South West Walk and help put some love back into the Coast Path!

Walkers need to register by 4th March 2013.  For more information, or to sign up to take part, please click here or contact the SWCPA on 01752 869237.

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3.   Ferry slip

It is thought that the Ferry Slip is going to be completely shuttered off and turned into a sort of dry dock so the work can be done easily. 

The council have brought in URS, a leading provider of engineering construction and technical services, to design improvements to the slipways – reduce vibration through improved fendering, and raise the level of the slipways to berth the ferry at all states of the tides while keeping clear of the adjacent buildings.  The slipways will be resurfaced and the crane rails replaced.

Both slipways will be raised in height which will give the ferry a wider space to manoeuvre and as a result the slipways will extend a little further out into the river, but this will be below water for the majority of the time. Driving on and off the ferry on the Kingswear side at the highest tides will be easier, as the ferry will be further back from the wall at the top.

The work is due to be finished before Easter and we are sure the Ferry staff who have been deployed elsewhere are very much hoping it will be!


4.   Small News

  • Christingle service this Sunday 3rd February at 4.30pm at St Clement's Church Townstal. 
    Father Will Hazlewood explains: 'This popular service of light was introduced to the Church of England by the Children's Society in 1968 and is always a favourite with children and families.  The 'Christingle' is an orange (symbolising the world), tied with a red ribbon (the love and blood of Christ), with dried fruits and sweets (symbols of God's creations) and a lit candle (Jesus, the light of the world).  Everyone, young and older, is invited to the service, where there will be a collection for The Children's Society's work with vulnerable children.'

  • Trevor Branton reports: our Karate Club in Dartmouth has a Face book page click here to see it, and also a new website click here to see it ?

  • Christian Aid Lunch in St Saviour's Church at midday on Tuesday 5th February.  We all need to eat lunch and Christian Aid need our money!  Why not come along?

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The Kingswear Castle on a test run this morning



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