I hadn’t walked along here and down Longmarsh for years, so thought I was overdue a visit. Not much had changed though, other than a few new information signs. Still it’s a nice walk in the sun with an ice cream from the cafe.
Once the thriving river port. The quay is now the centre for the local river cruisers – who daily carry the summer visitors on pleasure trips from Totnes to Dartmouth some 6 miles downstream.
- The planters along Steamer Quay were first filled with edible flowers, fruit and vegetables in the summer of 2011, and have continued since then to become more abundant each year.
The origins of the steamboat company can be traced back to 1856, when Charles Seale Hayne inherited his father’s fortune and began involvement in various local enterprises.
- For the three years 1865-1867, the Dartmouth Steam Packet Co Ltd also operated ferry services from Dartmouth and Plymouth to Jersey, Guernsey and St Malo, but these were not repeated subsequently.
- The area of the river bank, now known as the Baltic Wharf, existed as a natural feature of the rivers course leading upstream for the first landing place for Totnes, St Peters Quay, with its associated chapel roughly on the site of the Steam Packet’s car park.
- There is a cafe and ice cream shop.
- Walk to the many restaurants or pubs in town.
Steamer Quay Rd, Totnes TQ9 5AL
- Bus, The Gold bus runs past Steamer quay, It’s just a short walk down the road from Seymour Rd.
- Car, With two large car parks parking is easy. Car park fees Mon-Sun 08:00 – 18:00, £0.50 an hour, 24 Hours £4.00 (2020)
- For free parking you might be lucky around Pathfields or Meadow Brook.
- Easy disabled access.
- Toilets, are situated on Steamer Quay next to the Ice Cream shop.
- Tip: £25 off your first Airbnb trip of £55 or more click here.
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