My morning commute is a 40-mile drive from Plymouth to Dartmouth, taking in the A38 to Avonwick and then on towards Totnes before heading to Dartmouth itself. The drive normally takes about an hour, traffic dependent and as August is always a quiet time of the year at work I set my alarm 30 minutes earlier than I usually do as this gives me time to stop off somewhere and hopefully grab a few images as the sun rises over Devon.
Steamer Quay in the small market town of Totnes is such a place. It’s just off the A385 opposite the town centre and is sign posted which makes it easy to find for those that aren’t familiar with the town. The River Dart flows through Totnes and Steamer Quay car park sits right next to it. This gives this location a Lazy Togger rating of 5. Park up and you are immediately in the right spot. As you would expect the car park is usually empty early in the morning with just one or two over nighters taking up a couple of spaces.
Given the right conditions, high tide and little or no wind then the brightly coloured apartments on the opposite bank are reflected in the still waters and make for an excellent splash of colour. If the tide is out or low, then the scene is not so good with the water replaced with mud in places. On some occasions small boats and yachts are often moored on the river and these add some extra interest to the images.
Once the town wakes up the car park quickly fills and spaces become limited. If you do visit during the day and the car park is full there is an over spill parking area about 200 meters down the road. This area also gives you easy access to the river.
Lazy Togger Rating: 5 (Within 10 meters of the car park)
Grid Reference: SX 807 599 or 50.42N 003 68W
Directions: Take the A385 to Totnes and follow the signs to the town centre and Steamer Quay.
Parking & Facilities: The car park is alongside the river and is free up to 0800 in the morning with disabled bays for blue badge holders. There are toilets, including disabled facilities adjacent to the car park and a small cafe called The Steamer Quay cafe is just outside the car park overlooking the river with plenty of seating inside and a few terrace tables outside as well.