Bovey Tracey

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The market town of Bovey Tracey, located on the eastern fringes of Dartmoor, offers excellent access to the wild beauty of the moor and the stunning Teign valley.
 

About Bovey Tracey

The small market town of Bovey Tracey is located on the eastern fringes of Dartmoor, offering excellent access to the wild beauty of the moor, as well as to the stunning Teign valley and coast at Dawlish and Teignmouth.

The town's winding streets, pretty parks, and range of quality independent shops, delicatessens, bars, restaurants and coffee shops make for the perfect environment to have a relaxing potter, or if you're feeling more adventurous, Dartmoor's famous Haytor is just a few miles away, for an active day outdoors immersed in nature. 

As a gateway to Dartmoor, Bovey Tracey offers easy access to its distinctive granite tors left, standing since the last glacial period and rising in parts to over 2000 feet, and to a wonderful variation in landscape, from the barren remoteness of the higher moorland, to rivers rushing over granite boulders down into deep wooded valleys and traditional farms. 

The town itself is home to the all-weather attraction and games museum, House of Marbles, and also the Devon Guild of Craftsmen, a converted Riverside Mill where you can watch jewellery, sculpture, prints, glass and textiles being created, and enjoy the spacious gallery, shop and Terrace Café.

A holiday cottage in Bovey Tracey provides a convenient base for exploring Dartmoor, whilst offering plenty to see and do on your doorstep in this pretty town.

 

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Go Ape

Go Ape, Haldon Forest Park
(6 miles)

For those looking to bring a little extra excitement to their South Devon holiday, Go Ape in Exeter, with its views over Dartmoor National Park, is something of an adventure playground. Complete with zip wires and tree top adventures – you may be interested to know that it’s the first of its kind in the South West. Leap off Tarzan swings and tackle the high ropes in one of the most beautiful forests in the country or head off on a bike or walk and enjoy the scenery. Think tunnels, bridges and ropes, all suitable for guests aged 10 years of age and over and a minimum of 1.4 metres tall. Anyone aged 16 and over is able to supervise themselves, but younger children will need to be accompanied by an adult. Some attractions have other age and weight restrictions so for full details take a peek at the website. Prices start at £18 for ‘Mini Tarzans’ and go up to £45 per person depending on your activity.

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Coker Brown School of Riding

Coker Brown School of Riding
(9 miles)

The Coker Brown School of Riding is based in Torbryan near Newton Abbott and has indoor as well as outdoor schools, offering riding lessons and hacking for all ages and abilities. There are no age restrictions so tiny tots are welcome alongside more experienced riders, and in the school holidays they host pony days too. You can book private, semi private, group and party sessions while you’re on holiday in South Devon, all under the talented and watchful guidance of Charlotte Coker-Brown. Prices start at £20, you do have to book in advance, and remember to wear sensible clothing!

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South West Coast Path

South West Coast Path
(9 miles)

The South West Coast Path is a 630-mile stretch of pathway originally created by coastguards patrolling the South West peninsular looking for smugglers. These days it’s been honed and maintained as one of the most iconic attractions in South Devon, not to mention being the longest National Trail in the country. It runs from Minehead in Somerset, along the Devon and Cornwall coast, and all the way to Poole Harbour in Dorset. Sections of the path make for a beautiful feature during your stay in South Devon, enjoying the views, access to postcard perfect beaches, seeing the native wildlife along the way, and maybe even having the odd cream tea – well, when in Rome…

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(3)

My favourite thing about coming to Devon. Amazing walks, great beaches and lots of good places to stop for lunch and a drink

December 2016

Absolutely breathtaking views all the way along with lots of places to stop for a drink. Definitely recommend walking from Bantham to Hope Cove and back, make sure you stop in the Hope and Anchor to quench your first in the sun.

December 2016

Brilliant - some stretches quite strenuous but fantastic views from Plymouth to Hope Cove

April 2017


South Devon Railways

South Devon Railways
(9 miles)

A wonderfully traditional West Country attraction, The South Devon Railway (SDR) is a seven-mile former branch of the Great Western Railway from 1872. Running through the valley of the River Dart from Buckfastleigh to Totnes you can board a steam train with heritage rolling stock whatever the weather and whatever age you are. Dogs are welcome on the train for a nominal charge and seasonal charges vary. Step up the luxury on a dining train, or for really special occasions there are options to drive a train for a day or hire one for private events. While you’re there, other attractions close by include the Totnes Rare Breeds Farm and Dartmoor Otters and Buckfast Butterflies, to really make a day of it.

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Otter and Butterfly Sanctuary

Otter and Butterfly Sanctuary
(9 miles)

In an exceptionally beautiful attraction, Dartmoor Otters and Buckfast Butterflies is a friendly place to visit for the whole family while you’re on holiday in South Devon. Learn about tropical butterflies in their specially designed habitat, feel the rainforest atmosphere, and see the butterflies’ life cycle unfold. Over at the Otter Sanctuary there are three species of otter to see including the native British otter, the Asian short clawed otter, and the North American river otter. The sanctuary is also home to terrapins, leafcutter ants, and reptiles with lots of events available to see throughout the year, including feeding time with the otters! It is located just outside the southern border of Dartmoor National Park between Exeter and Plymouth, there’s free parking, a café, picnic areas and lots to see and learn, all while supporting the wonderful work of a team who strive to preserve the wildlife of the planet and ensure sustainable breeding and rehabilitation of otters and butterflies. Opening times are seasonal to keep an eye on the website for more information.

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The Cromwell Arms
(Less than a mile)

An ideal eating place for hungry walkers and families in the heart of Bovey Tracey serving good quality dishes made from fresh local ingredients,  accompanied by a selection of cask ales and wines from around the world. 

The Cromwell Arms Fore Street, Bovey Tracey TQ13 9AE (T: 01626 833473)

 

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Home Farm Café
(Less than a mile)

A friendly café surrounded by beautiful parkland which prides itself on its sustainability and use of high quality local, seasonal produce.  Open daily for lunch and tea,  and transforming into a candlelit restaurant on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings.

Home Farm Café  Parke, Bovey Tracey, Newton Abbot TQ13 9JQ (T: 01626 830016)

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Ullacombe Farm Café
(3 miles)

A pretty farm shop and café with a friendly, relaxed atmosphere serving teas, coffees, homemade light meals and cakes.

Ullacombe Farm Café Ullacombe Farm, Haytor Rd, Bovey Tracey, Newton Abbot TQ13 9LL

 

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(1)

A fabulous little farm shop and cafe. We stopped here for lunch when we arrived and breakfast during the week. We picked up all our meat from the onsite butcher, but there seemed less choice in the shop compared with our visit last year.

May 2017


The Carpenters Arms
(3 miles)

A good place to stop off for refreshments after enjoying the lovely walks in the area, this traditional Dartmoor pub serves good quality British cuisine along with a wide selection of local beers and ciders.  The pub is full of character with exposed beams, flagstones and cosy wood burner and is dog and family friendly.   

The Carpenters Arms Drewsmead, Ilsington, Newton Abbot TQ13 9RG (T: 01364 661629)

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Ilsington Country House Hotel
(3 miles)

A family run country house hotel surrounded by beautiful countryside with two places to eat - the fine dining restaurant offering an inspirational menu using fresh local produce, along with The Blue Tiger Inn offering a bistro style menu and cream teas in a more relaxed atmosphere.

Ilsington Country House Hotel Restaurant Ilsington, Newton Abbott TQ31 9RR (T: 01364 661452)

 

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Exmouth Beach
(12 miles)

Exmouth Beach is a bustling two mile stretch of golden sand at the mouth of the Exe Estuary backed by a promenade of shops and restaurants.  Old meets new here, with traditional seaside donkey rides, swing boats and crazy golf alongside volley ball courts and a huge selection of modern watersports including jet skis, kite surfing, kayaking, paddle boarding and windsurfing. 

If you’re looking for some peace and quiet you can find that here too at the far end of the beach, where there are also some rock pools for children to explore.  Exmouth is known as the gateway to the Jurassic Coast and its cliffs are teaming with fossils and geological finds.  The coastline is also part of the South West Coast Path with the beach and surrounding cliffs providing some excellent long and short walks. 

Dogs are welcome all year on parts of the beach and on the main beach from October to the end of April. Dog bins are provided.

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Budleigh Salterton Beach
(17 miles)

A picturesque two mile pebble beach backed partly with cliffs, with plenty of space and lovely clean clear water.  Along the esplanade there are beach cafes and a car park and it is only a short wander into the village for toilets, shops and pubs.  Care should be taken swimming towards the eastern end of the beach where there can be strong currents due to the River Otter, and there are no lifeguard facilities. 

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Sidmouth Beach
(21 miles)

By the seaside town of the same name, Sidmouth Beach is a long stretch of pebbles that stretches from the River Sid at the east of the town, West to Chit Rocks and Jacobs Ladder Beach and beyond.  From the town you go over a footbridge and a number of steps down to the beach, however there are also access points along the sea front esplanade.  There are a number of car parks close by, most of which are a few minutes’ walk from the beach itself, and it benefits from nearby facilities, cafes, restaurants and shops.  Dogs are not allowed on the beach from 1st May to the 30th September, however there is a small area at the East end of the beach where dogs are allowed all year round.  It’s a delightful spot for swimming sailing and surfing if the weather permits it, but you do have to take your own equipment.

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Blackpool Sands

Blackpool Sands
(21 miles)

Between Dartmouth and Slapton, Blackpool Sands is a beautiful shingle bay on the South West Coast Path, surrounded by evergreens and pine trees. It really is a treasure of a beach to visit while you’re in the area. Award-winning, the privately owned, blue flag beach boasts a sense of being in the Mediterranean on a good day in the summer, although a good jumper never goes amiss in this part of the world! You will no doubt not be surprised to hear that it is in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, however it also boasts ample facilities and things to do. There are showers, toilets and disabled facilities, as well as paddle board, kayak and wetsuit hire available for those wishing to earn their visit to The Venus Beach Café, where light bites and refreshments are served. The Venus Shop also sells all the bits and pieces you might want for fun and games on the beach if you have forgotten them or are in need of extra buckets and spades. The water at Blackpool Sands is known for being clean and clear and tested by the Environment Agency, and lifeguards are on hand in the summer (July to September) so there’s every reason to pop in for a dip. However, dogs are not allowed on the beach in the high season (12th March to 30th October) so keep the walking for the cooler months. There is parking available at the beach with seasonal charges, and you can find out more information on those from the Blackpool Sands information line on 01803 771800. This beach is easy to get to and quite literally fun and games for the whole family, as well as a beautiful place to visit at any time of the year to take in the view!

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(1)

Stunning beach, and you can get takeaway cream tea from the cafe to have on the beach!!

May 2017


Slapton Sands

Slapton Sands
(23 miles)

A long stretch of beach with spectacular views of the sea stretching into the distance, Slapton Sands is in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and for good reason. Adjacent to Slapton Ley, a freshwater lake that’s home to an abundance of wildlife and one of the many reasons people come to visit the area, the beach has a history of welcoming families in the summer for long days in the sunshine, building sandcastles, surfing, windsurfing and kayaking. It’s amazing to believe that this peaceful corner of South Devon has its place in military history as in 1943 the beach was taken over by allied forces to use as a rehearsal area for the D-Day landings. However, live ammunition and poor visibility ended in the deaths of more than 700 servicemen, so today there is a stone monument in place for Operation Tiger, as it was called, as well as a Sherman Tank at nearby Torcross. On a more current note, there is a beachside café at Slapton Sands for teas, coffees and other light bites, and there are also toilets nearby. The beach has disabled access, and also allows dogs throughout the year, so it really is fun for everyone and very easy to get to. There is parking nearby and in the summer months from May to September there is lifeguard cover. Last, but not least, a small collection of pubs reside in Torcross for those who are feeling peckish after a long day in the fresh air, or if you have been for a nice walk along the sand!

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(2)

Great place for a walk along the beach and had some great events for children at Easter. Great fish and chips in the pub at the end on Torcross

April 2017

Clapton Sands is beautiful. The rocks are the most beautiful colours, wild flowers abound on the beach, the views in either direction are stunning and it is rarely over crowded.One of the most wonderful areas in the U.K.

May 2017

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