The Bayards Cove Inn at Dartmouth has launched its annual crabbing competition with the prize two night’s bed and breakfast for a family of four in one of its stunning family bedrooms.

There is a real sense of history at this charming waterside establishment, once a Tudor merchant’s house, located a few steps from where the Pilgrims set sail on the Mayflower in 1621 at Bayards Cove.

Open from 8am every morning for breakfast, by day it is a bustling café and wine bar, and in the evening a restaurant with an array of mouth watering dishes to choose from.

There are several crabbing hotspots close by to choose from, including Bayards Cove, the North and South Embankment and a little further away Dartmouth Castle Ferry Steps

The rules couldn’t be easier. Simply take a picture crabbing, print if off, pop in, staff will post it on the board and at the end of the summer judges will meet and decide their favourite. The competition closes on September 30.

Owner Charlie Deuchar has also produced a free information sheet, with top crabbing tips, and guidelines to ensure the welfare of the crabs, that visitors to Dartmouth are welcome to pop in and grab.

Charlie said: “Crabbing in the summer at Dartmouth is part of the town’s culture and one that people from all generations enjoy. We’re delighted to offer this great prize, and also to encourage people just to be mindful of the crab’s welfare during their crabtastic adventures!”