The location of attractions is intended only as a guide. Distances are 'as the crow flies'.
In a superb position right on the water, The Ship Inn is a peaceful, traditional pub without juke boxes or quiz machines, perfect for a relaxing lunch.
Had an excellent evening with great food with absolutely wonderful staff including the owner Lisa.
The Ship Inn
Great atmosphere and excellent food.
Large, sheltered and unspoilt, this beach has lots of fine sand at low tide and safe areas to bathe in shallow waters. Open to the public on Wednesdays and weekends, Mothecombe Beach is situated at the mouth of the River Erme and has plenty of rocks to explore and climb. Parking is a 15 minute walk away.
There is an old tramway track across the south of Dartmoor which climbs to 1,500 feet to give wonderful panoramic views down the south Devon coast. Originally used by the clay mining industry trams, this route forms part of the Two Moors Way, which runs from Ivybridge in the south to Lynmouth in the north.
Perfectly poised between Dartmoor National Park and the South Hams, Ivybridge makes a fantastic base for an exploration of Devon. Excellent walking, cycling, horse riding and rock climbing is right on the doorstep, and if you jump in the car, the fabulous beaches of the south Devon coast are just a short drive away. For horticulture fans, Lukesland Gardens, with 24 acres of woodlands, shrubs and wild flowers set into a valley with a cascading brook running through it, is less than two miles from Ivybridge.
Bigbury on Sea Beach is a popular family destination, with easy access and good parking. Just across the water is Burgh Island, where Agatha Christie and Noel Coward once kicked up their heels. You can visit the island during the summer courtesy of a special ‘sea tractor’.
Help for Disabled
The Venus Cafe, just below the car park at Bigbury-on-Sea, has a beach wheelchair that can be borrowed free of charge. We were able to wheel my mother over to Burgh Island.
The slopes going down to the beach are quite steep. It's not so bad going down, but you need to be quite strong to push the wheelchair back up!
Large sandy beach when the tide is out. Interesting rock formations around towards the Avon estuary.
Lovely Sandy Beach
A large sandy beach and great for surfing. Children can play.You can either walk across to Burgh Island or take the sea tractor when the tide covers the causeway.
A large sandy beach with some surf. Walk to Burgh Island at low tide or take the sea tractor.
A 16th Century bar and restaurant, serving light bites in the bar and the finest local Devon produce in the restaurant.
Smart wine bar style restaurant. Award winning food. Own mini brewery. Great wines.
- Peter Reynolds
If you would like to order a hamper of locally sourced food for your arrival then this is who you need to contact. They can arrange a delivery of fresh, organic produce for your arrival or during your holiday and can provide anything from freah meat, fruit and vegetales to groceries and household items.
Set in a perfect little valley complete with a babbling brook and waterfalls. Find a quiet corner to enjoy the peace and tranquility in the Tudor garden or use your nose to find the Circedephyllum grove - apparently their leaves are so full of sugars that they smell like caramel. Take a stroll through the azaleas, rhododenrons and copper beeches in the Victorian garden, meander by the ponds, or breathe in the fresh scented air of the pinetum. Tea and homemade cakes are available in the Old Billiard Room of the Gothic revival house but tours of the house are available only a handful of times throughout the year.
Great for all ages
This a wonderful place for children to play and explore. There are 24 acres to immerse yourself in, with special trails and treasure hunts for children, which are fun for all the family to take part in and help everyone learn more about the gardens. If you just want to sit and soak up some nature, there are plenty of beautiful, tranquil scenes to enjoy - the azaleas are a feast for the eyes in hot pinks and magentas.
A great place to let the children roam free and explore. Dogs on leads are welcome too.
A wide stretch of sand by south coast standards, Bantham is backed by dunes. When conditions are right, surfing is possible here.
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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