The quiet little village of Chillaton lies just a few miles to the west of the iconic Dartmoor National Park and is a superb base for exploring the moors. The village's traditional local pub, The Chichester Arms, is named after notable former resident Sir Francis Chichester, famous for his solo circumnavigation of the globe in his yacht, Gypsy Moth, during the mid-1960s. Nowadays the pub not only provides hospitality, refreshments and entertainment, but is also home to the twice-weekly village Post Office counter.
Chillaton is surrounded by picturesque countryside, yet within easy reach of three lively market towns - Tavistock, Okehamptom and Launceston, whilst offering great access to the wild beauty of Dartmoor, and stunning Tamar valley and Atlantic coastline.
The South West's deepest gorge and spectacular 30m waterfall at Lydford Gorge lies just 6 miles from the village and is well worth a visit. Dartmoor itself offers a beautiful and varied landscape ranging from bleak rocky outcrops, vast expanses of heather moorland and deep wooded valleys with rushing rivers - perfect for walking, cycling, kayaking and horseriding to fully appreciate the natural scenery.
A holiday cottage in Chillaton is a great spot from which to explore the Dartmoor and the nearby rolling North Devon countryside, Tamar valley and Atlantic coastline.
The Dingles Fairground Heritage Centre is a 45,000 square foot indoor attraction that provides a unique opportunity to find out about the history of fairgrounds in a beautiful rural location. Capture the magic of a bygone age through exhibits, vintage engineering and stunning artwork displays.
Dingles Fairground Heritage Centre Milford PL16 0AT (T: 01566 783425)
Roadford Lake is a chance to get outside and explore Devon as it was meant to be explored - on foot, on bike and surrounded by nature. On the Devon and Cornwall border, it’s a chance to let the kids run around, roll down hills, explore the woodland, build dens, find bugs or set up a picnic. It’s also a great destination for dog walkers and hikers to explore nature trails before heading to the Lakeside Café for cakes, light lunches, hot chocolates and ice creams.
Lace up your walking boots and enjoy this spectacular 3 mile circular walk taking in Whitelady Falls, the Devils Cauldron and the beautiful natural scenery of the Gorge. Some paths are closed in winter so check before you go. Finish off your walk with a cream tea in one of two tea rooms - you deserve it !
Lydford Gorge Okehampton EX20 4BH (T. 01822 820320)
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A really fantastic gorge to explore - amazing scenery and brilliant circular walk with lots of space and picnic spots for a brilliant day out!
Exploring Dartmoor on horseback is a fantastic experience and sure to be a highlight of your holiday. Cholwell Riding Stables caters for all types of rider from complete novice to experienced, and is perfectly located to ride straight out onto Dartmoor.
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A beautiful Georgian house dating back to 1753, Lawrence House is leased to Launceston Town as a local museum and civic centre, spread over three floors, with exhibits focusing on local history and the area’s links with Australia. When you visit you can learn about Philip Gidley King who sailed on the HMS Sirius, which accompanied the first fleet of convicts to Australia, see a display of costumes that date from the 18th century to the 1960s, discover the Victorian kitchen and let the kids play in the toy room. Opening times are limited so make sure you keep an eye on the website for further information.
A welcoming 15th century inn on the Tamar Trail, with beamed ceilings, open log fires , ample parking and outdoor seating. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner offering locally sourced fish, meat and game, roasts, curries and lots more.
The Royal Inn Horsebridge, Tavistock PL19 8PJ (T: 01822 870214)
This attractive pub with cosy bar and lots of room to eat in the lounge has something for everyone. Enjoy a pint of local ale at the bar, let children entertain themselves in the games room or choose from the menu full of high quality pub classics and daily specials. Children’s and gluten free menus available.
Trout & Tipple Parkwood Road, Tavistock PL19 0JS (T: 01822 618886)
A luxury manor house hotel and 3AA Rosette fine dining restaurant with fabulous far reaching views across the Tamar Valley. Here the highly skilled team of chefs produce delicious and beautifully presented modern British dishes with a hint of French. Open for lunch, afternoon tea and dinner.
Horn of Plenty Hotel & Restaurant Gulworthy, Tavistock PL19 8JD (T: 01822 832528)
A spacious, grey sand beach that’s popular with families, Seaton Beach enjoys views across the green, surrounding countryside and walks in Seaton Valley nearby. At low tide the beach stretches all the way from Seaton Beach to Downderry Beach. There are facilities close by and there is are two car parks as well as road parking, but it does get busy quickly in the summer. The beach is great for surfing, but do be wary of undercurrents. There’s also a café and beach shop close by as well. Dogs are welcome at the beach all year round.
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Visited Seaton Beach several times during our stay fantastic dog friendly beach with the advantage of having the river as well my dog enjoyed swimming in the sea and the river thoroughly recommend this beach.
Great beach easily accessible and dog friendly
Great beach dog friendly and no mess everyone respected the fact they could take dogs there
Millook isn’t really a bathing beach but is well known amongst experience surfers, fishermen and those who enjoy some peace and quiet to observe the abundant wildlife – seals and dolphins are often spotted here as well as waders and birds of prey. The beach is also of great geological interest mainly for the imposing Penalt Cliff which towers above it.
The wild Blackrock Beach is found on the south side of Widemouth Bay but becomes isolated at high tide. The point and reef breaks here make is a well known spot for surfers, and the rock pools exposed at low tide draw families and nature lovers of all ages to this lovely spot. The cool little café here serves a tasty brunch or lunch including some great seafood.
Three miles south of Bude, Widemouth Bay Beach is a long, open bay that’s popular with families and surfers, while at low tide there are hundreds of rock pools to explore. It’s a wonderful place to learn to surf or body board thanks to fantastic conditions and lots of local surf schools in the surrounding area. There’s free parking at both ends of the bay as well as viewing points. Dogs are welcome throughout the year on the south section of the beach, otherwise known as Black Rock, but on the northern part there are seasonal dog bans. It has a wild feel to it, which adds to its appeal, and there is lifeguard cover in the summer, but nonetheless do be careful when swimming.
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Lovely clean beach.
Lovely clean beach. Dogs enjoyed it!
Millendreath Beach is a south facing beach at the foot of a wooded valley, in a sheltered cove with soft sand and lots of rock pools to explore at low tide. It’s connected to other nearby beaches by the South West Coast Path. Dogs aren’t allowed on this beach at any time of the year, and there is a reasonably sized car park a few minutes walk away. The beach is popular with families on holiday in Cornwall, and most of the surrounding area is occupied by a holiday park, so there are lot of facilities open to the public.