Today we decided to go across the River Dart and explore the west coastline of south Devon. There are two ferries that cross the river. As we approached Dartmouth the signs indicated that the upper ferry was closed so all traffic was directed to the lower smaller ferry. We queued for over half an hour for the lower ferry. We could have driven around through Totnes if we had known. Never mind.
Finally we crossed the river. We drove along the coast through small villages where the road narrowed considerably so at time cars had to go single file. Glad we were driving the car and not the coach along these roads. We stopped and walked the beach at Slapton Sands and the path by Slapton Leys. Slapton Sands (which is smooth small pebbles) was the site of the ill fated Exercise Tiger in 1944. Exercise Tiger, or Operation Tiger, was the code name for one in a series of large-scale rehearsals for the D-Day invasion of Normandy. A convoy positioning itself for a landing was attacked by a German E boat resulting in the deaths of 946 American service men. A Sherman tank that was sunk in this action has been recovered and now stands on the road behind the beach as a memorial to the men who died in the exercise.
After our walk we headed further along the coach to the village of Salcombe an old fishing village now a full-blown sailing and holiday resort where we enjoyed a walk around the village with views across the bay.