Devon Retrospective

Remembering a childhood in Devon

My childhood and teenage years were spent living in Dartmouth and enjoying South Hams and Dartmoor.

This Collection is a retrospective review of the many places that I used to visit, play with friends and family.II have added notes on why the place is special for me....

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Dartmouth Estuary
Dartmouth Estuary

Compass Cove and the other walks in the Estuary evoke fond memories of walking with early girlfriends. In this image I wanted to capture the dynamism of the coast - and yes, it poured with rain within 5 minutes of this shot - I was soaked as had no coat!

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Dartmouth Castle from Bayards Fort
Dartmouth Castle from Bayards Fort

I spent many hours as a child playing on this ledge with my best friend - Denis Langworthy. I was very lucky to enjoy such freedom

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Bayards Cove
Bayards Cove

Bayard's Cove - My bedroom was the one above the second balcony - can you imagine! I could watch the ferry arriving each morning before school and run over to catch it!

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Dartmouth Harbour
Dartmouth Harbour

A view from close to where I lived on Bayard's Cove

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St Saviours Church
St Saviours Church

I was a choir boy at St Saviours Church - am no longer into any religion! But it has fond memories and is where we had the memorial for my Mother.

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Browns Hill Steps
Browns Hill Steps

There are many steps in Dartmouth and most have something special - these steps connect Mount Boone (where Mum & Dad lived) with Market Square (where I was an extra in 'The Onedin Line' - I was a Portuguese peasant!)

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Start Point at Sunrise
Start Point at Sunrise

Start Point is memorable for association with the beaches nearby and also the excitement of sailing around to Salcombe - past the 'skerries' - a natural whirlpool that is found about 1km out from the Point - very tricky!

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Baa
Baa

Being on this coast involves negotiating with the sheep. The previous image of start point was taken at 4.30am and I was surrounded by sheep, all fascinated by what I was doing!

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Salcombe dawn
Salcombe dawn

I was sometimes asked to sail yachts from Dartmouth to Salcombe - for maintenance. This was always an exciting day, though quite nerve racking to sail expensive yachts single handed. This image was requested by some friends for their wedding celebration.

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Sunset at Hope Cove
Sunset at Hope Cove
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Plymouth Sound
Plymouth Sound

The South Devon Coastal walk is a special place - amazing views, wildlife and of course great coast

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Avon runs fast at Prior Bridge
Avon runs fast at Prior Bridge

I visited in May 20021 - much rain had fallen, so the rivers were flowing full

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River Avon
River Avon
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Shipley Bridge
Shipley Bridge
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Haytor Sunset
Haytor Sunset

Fabulous shadows on the on the rocks from the old mine in the foreground

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Priest's Rock at Houndtor
Priest's Rock at Houndtor

Gorgeous warm sunset colours - with Haytor in the the distance

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Peter

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