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Out and About

 

Our suggestions below are just a few of the many places to visit locally:

  • Dartmoor National Park – Dartmoor National Park is the largest area of open country in England covering some 368 square miles. It is an exceptionally beautiful place to visit at any time of the year, with wide expanses of open moorland, wooded gorges and tumbling rocky rivers.

  • Buckfast Abbey – A modern Benedictine Abbey with wonderful stained glass windows and gardens. The famous Buckfast tonic wine and honey can be purchased in the gift and produce shops.

  • The Butterfly Farm and Otter Sanctuary – Situated near the South Devon Steam Railway station. Feed the otters and enjoy the wonderful butterflies in a tropical setting. You can even be an otter keeper for the day! 

  • South Devon Railway – Relax and enjoy the unspoilt views of the river Dart from the comfort of a South Devon Railway, steam or vintage diesel train from Buckfastleigh to Totnes. 

  • Ashburton – A very attractive Stannary town dating from Saxon times. It has a good selection of antique and craft outlets, together with many interesting shops and eating places. 

  • Devon Guild of Craftsmen, Bovey Tracey – The Mill is a wonderful arts and crafts centre situated in a riverside mill. It has a pleasant roof top cafe which offers good food and great countryside views. 

  • Pennywell Farm – An award winning farm activity park with animals and activities for the whole family. 

  • Dartington Cider Press – Fifteen stylish shops and eating places offering fine foods, traditional crafts, jewellery and pottery. Outlets includes Dartington Glass and Cranks Restaurant. A local produce market is held here every Saturday. Just 10 minutes away between Buckfastleigh and Totnes. 

  • Dartington Hall – Superb gardens to walk in (no dogs). No entrance charge but voluntary donations are welcomed. Open to visitors from dawn to dusk. 

  • Totnes – An Elizabethan market town with lots of interesting shops and eating places and the ruins of a Norman castle. From the quay take a relaxing boat trip to Dartmouth.

  • Dartmouth – Just a 40 minute drive away, Dartmouth is an attractive town full of narrow streets, art galleries, delicatessens and other interesting shops. It is home to the famous Britannia Royal Naval College.

  • Rock climbing – www.dartrock.co.uk
     

Coastal areas:
 

  • Teignmouth – A lovelly Victorian seaside resort. Take the ferry across to Shaldon, a picturesque Georgian village and enjoy lunch at one of the sea front eating places.

  • Salcombe – A very picturesque sailing resort with a wealth of quality shops and places to eat. It has a natural harbour and two sheltered sandy beaches with excellent views across the estuary. Nearby are Soar Mill Cove and Hope Cove which offer great walks along the southwest coastal path.

  • Torbay – Known as the English Riviera, Torquay, Paignton and Brixham offers traditional seaside activities, stunning views and a variety of shops.

  • Bantham Beach – Known as being the south coast’s best surfing spot,this beautiful beach is very popular. With sand dunes and coastal walks, a pub and good car parking, this is an area worth driving to.

  • Bigbury – Wide expansive bay with sandy beach. Causeway to Burgh Island and its Art Nouveau hotel and the Pilchard Inn.

  • Torcross & Slapton Ley – A long shingle beach and freshwater lake and nature reserve. Good pub The Start Bay Inn at Torcross serves wonderful fish and chips, the fish fresh from the sea that day.

  • Fishing – Salmon, Sea Trout and Brown Trout fishing on some nine miles of the beautiful river Dart in Devon, with a mixture of single and double bank fishing. www.dartaa.org.uk

  • National Trust – There are many NT properties and gardens to visit locally such as Killerton House, Coleton Fishacre, Compton Castle, and Greenway. www.nationaltrust.org.uk

 

 

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Julia & Martin Blundell, Apple Loft Cottage @ Kilbury Manor, Colston Road, Buckfastleigh, Devon, TQ11 0LN | Tel: 01364 kilburymanor@gmail.com

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