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Plymouth

Plymouth is the largest city in Devon and marks the end of the South Devon coast, stretching over 4 miles and sitting in the shadow of majestic Dartmoor. The city spans the rivers Plym and Tamar, with the latter forming the border between Devon and Cornwall for over 1,000 years. The city overlooks Plymouth Sound, where the estuaries of the two rivers converge; as well as being home to the largest naval base in Western Europe, Plymouth Sound also boats a diverse marine ecosystem, and is a designated Marine Protection Area as it contains some of Europe's most threatened species and marine habitats.

Overlooking the Sound is Plymouth Hoe, a historic green space which contains the statue of Sir Francis Drake, a stones throw from where he was said to have taken his time finishing his game of bowls before heading out to sea to defeat the Spanish Armada in 1588. The Hoe is also home to the iconic Smeaton's Tower: formerly built as the Eddystone lighthouse to protect shipping in 1759, where it stood until its foundations began to be undermined in the 1880s and was moved stone by stone to its current location overlooking Plymouth Sound. 

Although Plymouth is a large city, being on the coast means that there are plenty of fine coastal views. One of my favorites is the panoramic views over the city and Plymouth Sound from Mount Edgcumbe Country Park over the border in Cornwall, which can be reached by the Cremyll ferry which leaves from Admirals Hard, near to Royal William Yard.