The location of attractions is intended only as a guide. Distances are 'as the crow flies'.
A traditional popular village pub with friendly staff serving freshly cooked food.
A great beach for children with acres of sand at low tide, shallow waters and usually calm seas. There are plenty of facilities nearby in the village. Dog restrictions apply so please check locally.
A four mile ramble on quiet country lanes, tracks and footpaths over fields (watch out for the mud in inclement weather!) Full route details are available on the Web site and limited parking is available outside the church or village hall.
Set on the Tarka Trail just north of Okehampton, Dartmoor, bury yourself in the local way of life by staying in a quaint little Devon town. And by little we mean the smallest town in Devon. But don't worry, it's got three pubs.
This cycle and walking route runs for 11 miles between Lydford and Okehampton along a disused railway line. The route forms part of the National Cycle network with Okehampton the most popular start point where bicycles can be hired locally. The off road track has the advantage of being mostly traffic free. Meldon Viaduct offers spectacular views across the moors.
Ahh the sound of traffic!
I love walking, but I couldn't wait to get off this one. We made it from Okehampton to the Meldon Viaduct before abandoning The Granite Way and heading to the moors - it was the only way to escape the A30's roaring traffic! The subsequent walk through the valley to Meldon reservoir and over the moors to Shortacombe was great though!
Kid friendly cycle
Start from the station where you can hire bikes ( we bought our own) there is a youth hostel there in case you need to pick up basic supplies like chocolate and water! I did this with my 5 year old boy- it was not great weather but we cycled to meld on viaduct and back in less than an hour ( total of about 4 miles) and it was enjoyed by both of us - some lovely views and a nice safe easy ride- the only bit on the road is from the very quiet station to the start of the path ( we did this on a rainy day in August)
Great for the average cyclist
The cycleway starts at the old Okehampton Station (you can park right there) and is very easy to follow. There are a few gentle hills - nothing that strenuous - so it really is suitable for all ages and abilities. The scenery is beautiful - I'd recommend stopping off at the Bearslake Inn for a swift refreshment! - and it's very easy for an averagely fit cyclist to ride from Okehampton down to Lydford Gorge and back in around 4 hours with time for stop offs.
From Okehampton station join the Granite Way Walk (cycle route 27) which follows the Dartmoor railway line. It is predominantly tarmac so no dirty puddles to avoid and ideal for bike riders of all ages, with only gentle inclines. A comfortable 3 mile walk will take you to Meldon Viaduct which gives stunning views over the moor and Meldon Reservoir Dam. Another mile or so gets you to the reservoir. At the Viaduct there is a converted railway carriage which provides a small cafe - seems only to be open at weekends which is a real shame as mid week in half term there were plenty of walkers and cyclists who I'm sure would have stopped for a welcome cuppa !
Originally an unused Edwardian cinema, the space has been lovingly restored and turned into a fabulous cafe located in the centre of town. Open for breakfast, lunch and drinks/snacks, call in or takeaway.
Local produce, keeping food miles to a minimum.
Farmer Luxtons Friendly First Class Food
Stuart Luxton and his family and team pride themselves on quality produce, properly hung meat and friendly, knowledgeable service. Purchasing meat from here isn't just a trip to the butchers, but a truly first class customer service experience. Sellers of veg, pies, proper butter, milk, ice-cream etc, we would thoroughly recommend Farmer Luxtons.
When their only local shop closed, the residents formed a committee and raised the funds for a new build that wouldn't look out of place on 'Grand Designs'. Go for the architectural experience, stay for the cafe, come away with local produce.
From home grown cider to artisan bread, you'll find a fabulous assortment of fruit, vegetables, baked goods, beers and cheeses to name a few. This is the perfect place to stock up on your holiday supplies and they can even deliver a pre-ordered hamper!
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