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Plymouth & the Tamar Valley - A view from our expert author
Seafront at Plymouth Hoe © ian woolcock, Shutterstock
Cities aren't generally ‘Slow’, but big bustling Plymouth does have its gentler side.
Cities aren’t generally ‘Slow’, but big bustling Plymouth does have its gentler side. It also has probably the most spectacular location of any British coastal city: at dusk, looking seaward from the historic Hoe, it’s easy to imagine great high-masted ships turning gently at anchor in the bay, their sails curving to some ancient evening breeze. Sir Francis Drake sailed from here, along with Raleigh, Grenville, Hawkins and so many other Elizabethan seafarers; the Pilgrim Fathers finally set off for their ‘promised land’ from here, and England’s battle-fleet of galleons sailed from the harbour to defeat the Spanish Armada. Captain James Cook began his voyage around the world here, in 1772, as did Sir Francis Chichester in 1966.