The location of attractions is intended only as a guide. Distances are 'as the crow flies'.
This is a great place to drop by. The stunning Exmoor National Park is on the doorstep so you can call in here for a well deserved pint or bar meal after your walk. The pub is traditional with real ale available.
Next to Paignton Sands this is also a popular family beach, with colourful beach huts and a long promenade. Go rockpooling at low tide at the northern end.
A variety of walks start from the Tradesman's Arms and you can choose from an easy four mile saunter to a six mile hard slog. Scorriton is on the eastern edge of Dartmoor and walks take in the lovely views and ancient monuments of the moors. Take a look at the Web site for routes.
Is a small, quiet town surrounded by hills and meadows. Best known for nearby Buckfast Abbey (now famous for its honey and wine) and the South Devon Railway that runs along the River Dart to the market town of Totnes seven miles away. There is a strange mausoleum in the town churchyard which local legend says has black dogs howling and breathing fire around it - this was apparently the inspiration for Conan Doyle’s ‘The Hound of the Baskervilles’.
Two very different species living happily in one sanctuary. See butterflies emerging in tropical surroundings at the butterfly farm and gain an insight into the secret underwater life of otters as you watch them from specially constructed glass enclosures. Visit the shop for otter and butterfly gifts. There are also facilities for treating any sick or injured otters that are brought to the sanctuary.
Lovely for children at feeding time - even in winter
We visited both the otters and butterflies a few summers ago (pre children) and really enjoyed it, so were keen to take our children (age 4-5) there this winter. In winter the butterflies are sleeping so that part is closed, but we were delighted to have the otters almost to ourselves and a near-private tour from the keeper at feeding time with lots of fascinating information about otters, the sanctuary and the individual otters there. Although it's small, outdoors and can be muddy, it's brilliant to see and hear the otters and the children's faces lit up. Usually the steam trains next door would be a great follow-up activity to get lunch in Totnes, but they were unfortunately closed due to a landslip. Lunch at the House of Marbles not far away worked great instead.
Home to a Roman Catholic community of Benedictine Monks, Buckfast Abbey is a living monastery that is open to visitors. You can pick up some Buckfast Tonic Wine or handmade gifts in the Monastic Produce shop.
A Wonderful Surprise
Visiting the Abbey and its grounds was a truly delightful experience. It is quiet, beautifully maintained and utterly tranquil - despite the large number of visitors. There is a remarkable sense of order and purpose about the place, and visitors take their place in the scheme of things rather than over-running it. I would recommend a visit to the shop selling products from monasteries and abbeys all over Europe. It was fascinating.
Bursting at the seams with real, organic, local food and drink. The ethos here is based on simplicity and quality; they pledge that you won't find anything over-packaged, over-processed or over-priced. On sunny days you can munch your purchases in the peaceful picnic area overlooking the rolling Devon fields.This was the first Riverford shop to open. Twenty-five years on, the formula has proved so popular that there are now outlets in Kitley and Totnes too.
The shelves are always packed with fresh, healthy, delicious things to try. There are recipe cards in-store that you can use as a shopping list and then go home and cook up a dish using all your fresh, tasty ingredients. The staff are helpful in answering any questions if you're looking to try something new.
Tasty and conveniant but became a little repetative.
When we started using Riverford to supply a weekly fruit and veg box we were really impressed with the variety and quality of produce it contained. The box would always have a few interesting things in and finding recipes to include all the items was inspirational. Things went well for several months but over the winter we found the boxes become repetitive and drab. We also like to support our excellent local fruit and veg shop.
Organic, taste at its best, variety of choice, from the Farm Shop to the Box Schemes, you will never be disappointed!
The Riverford Box Scheme which can contain a variety of things is great. You can basically order a box of meat, fruit or veg to be delivered to you house on a day you specify. The products are all organic and very tasty!
Tour the farm and have a delicious meal cooked from the best local organic ingredients. But don't just take our word for it; the Field Kitchen was voted Best Ethical Restaurant in The Observer Food Awards 2009. Even Gordon Ramsay was impressed - 'I knew it would be good, but not that good'.
Just North of Totnes. If you are serious about food and especially want incredible tasting new ways with vegetables its a MUST. You have to book first and you can take the optional walk around the farm as well.
Eat fresh from the fields of one of the best-known organic producers.
- L & F Pearce
Bantham Beach is set within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and has numerous awards tucked under its sandy belt. Overlooking Bigbury Bay and Burgh Island, you can take the famous sea tractor and head to the island or sit and enjoy the views from the shore. A great surfing beach, the huge swathes of sand and sea allow plenty of space for everyone. Well-provisioned and life guarded in the summer, Bantham is a fantastic family-friendly beach.
Privately owned beach open to the public. A truly beautiful beach. Wide sands, surfing and wind-surfing, rock pools and a delightfully gentle introduction to the South West Coast Path with views over Burgh Island. No dogs allowed during the summer months. Charge made for car parking.
Great family fun beach
Lovely beach with little coves to hide away in, rock pools and lovely clean sandcastle sand; wide enough for kite buggies, best surfing beach on the south coast along with Bigbury on Sea beach opposite. Burgh Island out to sea with its restored evocative 1930's hotel clinging to the edge was the inspiration for Enid Blyton's Kirrin Island as well as a number of Agatha Christie novels! Dogs allowed on the beach Oct- April and then along the far right hand side (west) during the remainder of the year. Beach balls and skimboards etc plus coffees and teas available from the post office cafe back in the village- great estuary view while sipping away on the deck out back. Lunch or supper in the Sloop pub- best to pre book in season
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