Please note that all projects are still in the planning stage and are liable to change.
As one of the Trail Towns, Dartmouth is developing a Mayflower Trail through the town, with interpretation boards and digital (smartphone) information explaining its part in the Mayflower Story. It will link to similar trails being developed in all of the Trail Towns across the UK. Although the trail will focus on the story of the Separatists, the Mayflower and Speedwell in 1620, it will also highlight the interesting events in Dartmouth’s history since the 12th century.
The Mayflower Walking Trail, will start in Townstal, with the first point of interest being St. Clements Church, and will continue down some of the oldest streets in the town, with many historic buildings to view along the way. This part of the trail will have milestone markers with designs linked to the Mayflower story, all designed and created by Academy students in conjunction with a local artist.
There are several points of interest to visit which will be part of the Trail, including:
The Museum, which will house a Mayflower exhibit and a Scale Model of the Mayflower, built by local shipwrights with students from the Noss Marine Academy,
St Saviours Church (1372) with its altar dating from James I, and the ornate rood screen and the south door with its medieval ironwork,
The Butterwalk (completed 1640) a gabled Tudor building with four stories, oriel windows, overhanging the pavement and supported on a colonnade
The Plantation Garden, in Coronation Park, will emulate the food growing techniques adopted by the early settlers in the New World with the help of the indigenous people. It will be participative and educational, showing the fusion of two horticultural cultures and food growing techniques.
A metal Sculpture of a figure representing a Separatist en route to the New World spanning the ocean with each foot embedded in representative images of Britain and America, will be designed and created by Dartmouth Academy students working with an artist. It will be situated on the South Embankment and will be under planted with grasses to give a Prairie look.
The trail will pass Agincourt House (14th century), and end in Bayards Cove (1539) where the Mayflower and Speedwell were moored, and remains virtually unchanged since 1620. Bayards Cove Fort (1510) stands at the southern end of the cove. The trail could be extended here, by walking out to Dartmouth Castle (1488) and St Petrox Church (1641).
This Walking Trail could link up with a River Trail by boat up the River Dart, taking in the historic seafaring locations at the Pilgrims encampment, the Raleigh and Gilbert estates, Sharpham, Dartington and Totnes.
Visitors will be able to select parts of the Trail or link them together, and trail maps, quizzes and information will be available at the Museum, Visitor Centre and Park and Ride.