Dartmouth, one of the West Country's famous ports lies directly east of Plymouth near the mouth of the River Dart. Dartmouth Castle (15th century) and Kingswear Castle, on opposite banks, guard the estuary entrance. The 17th-century Butterwalk, named because the adjacent arcade sold dairy produce, comprises four houses with intricate wooden carvings and decorative plasterwork on its exterior. The maritime museum houses many old maps and prints. Richard I's crusaders sailed from here in 1190 destined for the Holy Land, on the Third Crusade.
It was back in the headlines more than 900 years later as one of the major Allied staging points for the invasion of Normandy. The Royal Naval College is situated above the town's harbour and trains officers of the Royal Navy and Mercantile Marine including Prince Charles and the Duke of Edinburgh.
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