Situated within the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Dartmouth is a popular tourist destination on the River Dart. As Ginny Campbell's beautifully illustrated pages show, it has an abundance of history. Its port was the sailing point for the Crusades of 1147 and 1190, and the Pilgrim Fathers visited in 1620 to repair the Speedwell.
The area boasts many picturesque medieval and Elizabethan buildings, including the Butterwalk, where Charles II once dined, and Dartmouth Castle, which has guarded the mouth of the river for over 600 years. The admiralty began officer training on the river in 1863 and, in June 1944, 485 ships departed from the river carrying American servicemen to Utah Beach for D-Day.
After a childhood in South Florida Ginny Campbell settled down with her husband and two young children in Dartmouth and where she moored her classic wooden yacht in the river. Her husband started a sailmaking business, and Ginny began teaching in local schools. Ginny retired after many years running the Learning Support Department at Kingsbridge Community College. She enjoys photography, has gained her LRPS award from the Royal Photographic Society, a camera club competition judge and an active member of the Dartmouth Museum and the local Dartmouth History Research Group.