The peaceful hamlet of Didworthy on the south western edge of Dartmoor National Park enjoys an idyllic and tranquil location, whilst being only a few minutes' drive from the bustling village of South Brent with its wide range of independent shops, traditional tea rooms and friendly pubs.
Dartmoor offers visitors a rich and varied landscape, from bleak rocky outcrops, to vast expanses of heather moorland, and rushing rivers flowing through lush wooded valleys. The best way to fully appreciate the natural scenery is either on foot, bike, kayak or horseback, but if you are driving, be prepared to come across sheep in the road!
From Didworthy, there is a lovely scenic walk starting a short way upstream at Shipley Bridge, that follows the river Avon along a tree-lined section that gradually becomes more barren and windswept as your approach the Avon Dam at the top.
There are a wide range of nearby attractions for visitors to enjoy, including a picturesque ride the South Devon Steam Railway, the Otter Sanctuary & Butterfly Farm, the River Dart Country Park, Pennywell Farm or Sharpham Vineyard. Meanwhile, the Cathedral city of Exeter and maritime city of Plymouth are only a short drive away, as are the historic towns of Totnes, Dartmouth and Kingsbridge, and the sailing mecca of Salcombe.
If you fancy a day at the coast, there are several outstanding beaches in the South Hams, including Bigbury-on-Sea, Bantham, and Blackpool Sands, as well as the popular South West Coast Path for blustery clifftop walks with breathtaking views.
A holiday cottage in Didworthy offers a peaceful escape where you can easily immerse yourself in the wild beauty of Dartmoor, and explore the stunning South Devon countryside, traditional seaside towns, family-friendly beaches and magnificent coastline.
Founded in 1895, Wrangaton Golf Club is situated on the southern slopes of Dartmoor between Ivybridge and South Brent. Today the nine hole course continues to be a rugged and raw experiences, underlined by the natural beauty of the area - the rich Devonshire countryside and the coastline and the sea 10 miles away. It is a test of any golfer’s ability, and it is said that you never play the same hole twice. Warm and welcoming, visitors are invited to attend with green fees starting at £22.50 for 18-holes. Feel free to pop into the clubhouse afterwards to have a snack, drink or perhaps a traditional Sunday lunch to round off your day.
If you have spent any time in South Devon before, chances are you’ve heard of Pennywell Farm. A petting zoo taken to another level, you can visit with the family for piggy cuddles, egg collecting, goat milking, bottle feeding orphan lambs, seed planting for home grown souvenirs, treasure hunts, pond dipping, pony pampering and deer feeding amongst other things from 10am to 5pm seven days a week. There are a variety of ticket options available and children under the age of three go for free. There’s a number of options for eating while you’re there from the coffee cabin, to Henny Penny café, ice creams and picnic tables in the summer. They have won numerous awards and for anyone on holiday with the dog they have a kennel on site which is free of charge while you potter about – just remember to bring their bed and water bowl.
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Excellent day out with the kids that offers wholesome family fun you don't find in a lot of places.
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.
Offering indoor and outdoor rock climbing in Devon and Cornwall, Dart Rock Climbing Centre in Buckfastleigh offers a friendly and encouraging environment to practice a skill you have already mastered, or to learn something new while you’re there. The 10-metre high climbing centre offers a diverse range of routes on four climbing walls, training boards, teaching areas and in the classroom so that you get the most out of your session, and caters to beginners, experienced climbers, families and groups. The centre is open daily but with some restrictions for private classes at the weekends and prices vary according to your requirements. Remember to wear comfortable and practical clothing and trainers.
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A stylish fine dining restaurant, where Michelin starred chef and Masterchef winner Anton Piotrowski serves up exciting and creative menus, using the best local and seasonal produce. Take a cocktail in the relaxing bar, or try a whisky of wine tasting before your evening meal with the professional sommelier.
Glazebrook House Hotel Glazebrook, South Brent TQ10 9JE (T: 1364 73322)
A beautiful old mill set in six acres of grounds housing a large restaurant and bar open for breakfasts, family meals, Sunday lunches and romantic dinners. Classic menus full of locally sourced, freshly produced dishes are accompanied by a carefully selected wine list and a selection of local ales, beer and ciders on tap.
Turtley Corn Mill Avonwick, South Brent TQ10 9ES (T: 01364 646100)
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Beautiful inside and out. Gorgeous huge garden with lake and streams. Inside impeccable, large yet cosy.
A light and airy, welcoming pub with open fire, local ales, a great wine list and friendly atmosphere. Enjoy a tasty meal or Sunday Roast in the dining room, with good options for kids too, or simply sip your pint in one of the comfy chairs by the fire.
Anchor Inn Lutterburn Street, Ugborough PL21 0NG (T: 01752 690388)
A tastefully modernised 16th century free house serving a wide variety of locally sourced seafood, steaks and vegetarian options both a la carte in the restaurant or from the more relaxed Pub Menu served in the bar. All meals are beautifully presented and accompanied by an extensive wine list or range of local beers and ciders.
The Ship Inn The Square, Ugborough PL21 0NS (T: 01752 892565)
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Very welcoming, great food
Here you’ll find quality real ales, home cooked food and a good selection of wines along with a pretty beer garden overlooking the valley. A great spot for a meal or few drinks after enjoying the walks in the area.
The Tradesman’s Arms Scorriton, Buckfastleigh TQ11 0JB (T: 01364 631206)
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Glorious beach at the mouth of the Erme. Narrow lanes and very limited parking. No toilets, cafes etc - wonderful! Turning circle for cars just before the beach but expect to have to reverse back up the access lane to allow cars that are leaving to go back. A nightmare on Bank Holidays - parking almost impossible and expect to have to negotiate very tight spaces.
Lovely beach but bit of a trek for little ones
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A lovely beach at the end of a beautiful valley. Absolutely perfect for dogs and never busy.
Parked in the NT car park at Ringmore and took the 15 min walk down to the beach. Saw a beautiful sunset and had the place to ourselves. Bliss
What a fantastic place. So quiet - we had the whole beach to ourselves a lot of the time. Our dogs loved it.
A lovely quiet cove, with excellent rock pools at low tide. No sand but the kids enjoy it as an alternative to the massive sandy beaches at Bigbury and Bantham.
stunning little beach, very quiet and great for snorkelling
Beautiful cove. Very quiet with lots of bird life.
Well worth the walk with beautiful views of Burgh island from the coast path. We were the only ones there on a very sunny day in April. Perfect.
Simply stunning and well worth the steep (ish) walk down from the National Trust car park at Ringmore. When there - it's hard to imagine the horrors of today's modern world.
Gorgeous beach for an evening swim and barbecue. So peaceful and beautiful
One of South Devon’s quieter beaches, Mothecombe is a large and unspoiled, privately owned stretch of sand that’s open every day, all year round. Having won an award from the Marine Conservation Society for its clean sea and sand, you can be assured that relaxing here and pottering about in the water is going to be a happy, healthy and pleasant experience for all in this sheltered corner of Devon. For those wanting to try out water sports, Mothecombe offers the ideal conditions for windsurfing, kayaking, body boarding and generally enjoying the water, particularly for beginners as it’s a comparatively gentle environment in which to give it a go. Given its pristine nature, it will probably come as no surprise that dogs are not allowed on the beach in high season, so keep an eye out for signs for more information, but best to steer clear with furry friends from May to September. There is a car park from which you can access the beach down a narrow path, so it’s not ideal for wheelchair users, but is otherwise conveniently close by. There’s also a tea house in the car park for drinks and snacks and there are toilets nearby as well, so pending the tides you can spend a good day here enjoying the natural scenery and all the fun that it brings with it, whether that’s for the whole family, on a romantic afternoon in the summer sun, or simply enjoying the peace and quiet of this less populated park of the coastline.
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Lovely beach but cafe was being renovated and we were gasping for a cuppa
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Glorious especially at low tide.
Best beach in the South Hams.
Can get busy with surfers, but a beautiful place with a wide sandy beach. Lots of room for everyone.
Beautiful beach. Nightmare of a road (especially in high season) to get to it. Worth it though when you get there.
A short walk (less than a mile) from Thurlestone, this is a stunning beach. Lots of shallow water with sand underfoot, truly amazing.
Fantastic sandy beach and so big. My dog loved running around and jumping into the water. Plenty of space for all.