Sunday, 30 August 2009

Dartmouth Regatta

Dartmouth Regatta is one of those not to be missed events, especially watching the Red Arrows as they duck and dive along the river valley.. it's absolutely stunning. I personally think this is the best place to see the Arrows display.. I have seen them perform in many different places, even witnessing some dramatic events - many years ago I was up on a hill over looking Sidmouth, watching the display, when, all of a sudden one of the planes dropped out of the sky, the pilot ejecting out just in time to see his beloved plane dive into the sea... another plane left a smoke cross over the spot where the pilot ditched into the sea and many little boats that had been bobbing about in the sea rushed over to help him out... It was even better than the display itself!!
Anyway, it was on a sunny afternoon that we decided to brave the traffic and head into Dartmouth.. the only parking was at the top of town.. up a long, long steep hill.
The walk into town was past many gorgeous houses, catching glimpses of the river on the way down....
I only managed to take photos on the way down.. much panting and complaining on the way up!!!
Isn't this beautiful....
Looking back up...
This is the main pedestrianised street in Dartmouth... full of galleries, a fab kitchen shop, and an amazing 'fairy shop'... the bunting was everywhere.. al the boats in the river were festooned with it and the shops had all made such an effort to look the part...

This has to be one of the narrowest streets.. and yes, cars do drive up and down it... carefully!!

A great view over the rooftops towards the river mouth..
It was then up to the top of town and a short drive to Jaw Bones Hill where you get the best view point in the whole of Dartmouth to watch the air displays.. also the windiest.... brrrr!
Royal naval College...
A view across the river towards Kingswear, the steam railway and a helicopter display.. don't ask me what kind of helicopter.. I have no idea!!..

Looking out towards the river mouth, Dartmouth castle, and the Day Mark on the hill...

This display was so amazing, I didn't realise how maneuverable helicopters actually were.. Amazing patterns on the water too...

A closer view of the Naval College.. On a sunny day the college looks even more stunning as the sun highlights the red brick and it just 'glows'...

This is the steam railway station and in the river you can see the Lower ferry.. no cars allowed during the Regatta, so it's full of pedestrian passengers.

I LOVE this shot...

Looking across the river towards the Day Mark.. this is one of my favourite places to walk.. I'll take you there sometime.
How lovely to live here... can you imagine it? Sleeping to the sound of the water.. little boat to mooch up and down the river.. idyllic..

The steam train pulling out of the station at Kingswear...

Another amazing display from another helicopter... don't know what this is either, however it was FAB!

Then, a slight rumble in the sky, some murmuring from the crowds followed by shouts of "There they are" and WHOOOOOSH..... what we've all been waiting for....


Perfect formation....


Fanning out over the hills of Kingswear...

And this is what we all love to see... lots of ooooh's and ahhhh's!!
The planes approach each other along the river valley, its stunning!!

Hold your breath...

... made it!!
Here they come again....




And they're off.....

They never disappoint do they? Such dedication to their career, such perfection and immaculate timing... what an inspiration. And I just love that ROAR that makes your insides shake.. so exciting.
I hope that you have been places and seen things that have inspired you this summer.... I would love to hear about them...
Wishing you a happy Bank Holiday, full of fun and treasured family moments...
xxxx


4 comments:

KC'sCourt! said...

Where was you standing to see those amazing views? I remember the pilot ditching in the sea at Sidmouth we use to live in Sidmouth and watched the Red Arrows from our garden. We have also seen them from the Naval College grounds a few times as dad worked there for many years.

Sal said...

I am so glad that you blogged this as dear MR S refused to take me! He said it would be bedlum in and around Dartmouth!
;-)

Suzy's Vintage Attic said...

Fabulous post, I love the photos! I have recently returned from a holiday in the Dartmouth area and it's lovely to be taken back to it via your post. I really wanted to go to the regatta but will try next year. I am about to catch up with your past entries.
Take care
Isabelle x

saraeden said...

Wow what amazing post and photo's , i think that must be another place to add to my must visit list :)

Sara x