Bayard's CoveTorquay
English Heritage
Devon TQ6
The oldest part of Dartmouth’s harbour is Bayard’s Cove.
Just walk along the side of the river from the centre of town until you reach the shell of a small Tudor artillery fort.  This little fort was built in 1534 as a third line of defence, just in case enemy ships had got past the Dartmouth and Kingswear forts at the entrance to the estuary.
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Bayard’s Cove Fort is cared for by English Heritage and is open all year at no charge.  Pass around the fort on the cobbled quayside for a stroll around Bayard’s Cove.  17th and 18th century buildings front the quay including the Old Customs House.  It is a very picturesque walk and there are plenty places to sit and watch the world go by.
Pilgrim Fathers
In 1620 the Pilgrim Fathers called into Dartmouth to try and effect repairs to the leaky ‘Speedwell’.  They stayed for approximately a week before setting off again for Plymouth.  The ‘Mayflower Memorial’ on the quayside commemorates the visit.  If they came back today they would instantly recognise the place, it has changed so little.
This unchanging scene has been used several times as a film location; most recognisably it featured in the popular 1970s The Onedin Line television series.
Plan Your Visit 
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Getting There
- By Car
Follow the directions for coming by car to Dartmouth in this website.
Park in the main car park in Dartmouth, and then just walk along the river through the town. You'll walk around the old fort and into the cobbled area of the cove. The route is flat and suitable for disabled visitors.
- By Train
Kingswear Station then Dart Lower or Passenger Ferry
- By Bus
First 93 or Stagecoach 111/112 to Dartmouth Pontoon or Stagecoach 20,22,24, to Kingswear Banjo (just outside the station car park) then ferry to Dartmouth.
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