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Tuesday, 13 August 2019

Totnes & Dartmouth

Coffee and cake for elevenses in Totnes was the highlight of the day

Found a quiet spot to sit by the river in Totnes

Kingswear seen from a bench in Dartmouth

But the queues!

As days out go, this one to Totnes and Dartmouth was a near total disaster. 

In Totnes, I dived into the first and only cafe with any space in it, near the bottom of Fore Street to be able to have a coffee and go to the loo. It was a really nice one, but I didn't get the name. After that, I could only find a spot by the river to sit and wait until we moved on, because the town was too busy to move and there was nowhere left to sit where the buses and coaches would pull up. What I saw was lovely, but I didn't see much, but I was partly saving my energy ...

But Dartmouth was uncomfortably crawling with tourists by the bus load - the busiest place I've ever seen in already tourist-filled Devon - to the point of ridiculousness. It made the town completely inaccessible to me. The queues weren't just for the busses either, because they were the same for the boat trips and ferries - which were already full for the day, so that wasn't possible - sitting on a boat to see the sights was what I'd planned - and it was the same for every cafe and restaurant. Whilst I walked around as much as I could manage, I found nowhere, not even the chippy, where the queue was short enough for me to have been able to stand in it. There was nowhere I could sit down to eat. So, when I spotted a gap on a bench near the bus stops, I grabbed it and dared not leave it again. That was a couple of hours before I would be picked up, but there was nothing else I could do. Consequently, I didn't see any of Dartmouth either.

Excursions when you have Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME) are hard.

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