Manaton

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Manaton is ideally located for exploring the vast and varied Dartmoor landscape, or simply relaxing and enjoying the view from the window whilst cosied up in front of a log fire.

About Manaton

The small village of Manaton, nestled deep within Dartmoor National Park, is ideally located for exploring the vast and varied landscape of the moors - from the remote barren beauty of the higher moorland to the rivers rushing through deep wooded valleys and rolling countryside.

Dartmoor is a haven for walkers and cyclists due to the abundance of footpaths and cycle routes that snake the moors, offering endless opportunities to get outside and reconnect with nature. Picturesque villages and hamlets are scattered across the rural landscape, offering unusual shops, museums, old churches, cosy pubs, restaurants serving delicious local delicacies, art galleries and craft workshops. 

Manaton village itself boasts a church, shop, pub, and also the local landmark, Manaton rocks,famed for its much-photographed formation 'The Bowerman's Nose'. Manaton lies just a stone's throw from the beautiful Becky Falls, which makes for an excellent family or dog-friendly day out. Other nearby attractions include the Miniature Pony Centre, the House of Marbles, and 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.

The stunning Teign valley and the coast at Teignmouth and Dawlish are also within easy reach of the village, and the Cathedral City of Exeter is just 40 minutes away by car.

Whether you are looking for a relaxing rural retreat, or an energising action-packed break, a holiday cottage in Manaton provides the perfect base for a Dartmoor holiday.

 

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Becky Falls
(Less than a mile)

Voted the most beautiful place in Devon, Becky Falls is a famous part of the Dartmoor landscape, welcoming visitors since 1803.  Providing activities for kids, nature trails, woodland and waterfall walks graded according to ability, and an abundance of wildlife to observe, the area allows you to really explore and understand what makes Devon such a beautiful and magical place thanks to its abundant natural assets.   The site is open seasonally, dogs are welcome, parking is available and while there isn’t a cafe it’s the perfect place to bring a picnic.  

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Dartmoor Shooting & Hawking
(3 miles)

In the picturesque valley of the River Bovey, experienced guns and beginners can both enjoy a great day’s shooting with tuition, clay pigeons and pheasant shooting all available.  Driven game shooting, falconry displays, hunting with hawks, working with gun dogs, preparing game for the oven, clay pigeon shooting, good food and good company are all available, set between Moretonhampstead and Manaton deep in the heart of The Dartmoor National Park. 

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Green Hill Arts
(4 miles)

One of Devon's most prominent Art Galleries, Green Hill is attracting the attention of some of the most respected South West Artists with names such as Peter Randall-Page, Susan Derges, and Peter Stiles exhibiting in the Gallery's large attractive contemporary space.  While you’re there find out about the rich history of the area in the Heritage Centre or pick up a unique souvenir or gift from the shop. 

Green Hill Arts 23 Fore Street, Moretonhampstead TQ13 8LL (T: 01647 440775)

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The Miniature Pony Centre
(4 miles)

On the edge of Dartmoor, The Miniature Pony Centre is a magical attraction for children and something of a hidden gem in this vast landscape.  With pony rides and pony care days, for kids to be surrounded by miniature ponies really is something special for them to enjoy on their Devon holiday, not to mention a happy, healthy day out for the whole family.  There’s a cafe on site, which does a tasty cream tea and a good cup of coffee, and for rainy days there indoor play areas as well.  

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Dartmoor School of Fly Fishing
(4 miles)

Specialising in fly fishing tuition, the Dartmoor School of Fly Fishing invites anyone from beginners to seasoned pros to brush up their skills on the edge of Dartmoor, on the outskirts of the attractive market town of Moretonhampstead.  A 10 minute drive away from the picturesque Kennick Lake, where you will be putting your newfound skills into action, it is the ideal place learn to fish from a boat using both modern and traditional loch style techniques for the first time in over 50 acres of space, all surrounded by the Dartmoor wilderness.  Prices start at £90 for half a day, and a variety of courses are available.

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The Cleave
(3 miles)

A pretty, thatched pub dating back to the 15th century with cottage garden and a traditional snug bar with exposed beams and log fire.  The light and airy restaurant serves high quality food using fresh local ingredients at affordable prices, including vegetarian and children’s options. 

The Cleave Lustleigh TQ13 9TJ (T: 01647 277223) 

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The Rock Inn
(3 miles)

A traditional inn with award winning restaurant serving imaginative dishes using fresh local fish, meat and game accompanied by a selection of local ales, ciders and an extensive wine list.

The Rock Inn  Haytor Vale, Dartmoor National Park, Newton Abbot TQ13 9XP

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The staff were very helpful and pleasant and it was a cosy traditional rural venue. The food was very good although small portions and I would say a little overpriced. Overall did enjoy this venue.

August 2017



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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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


We were staying a mile away near HayTor for two weeks in June and used this excellent farm shop most days. The friendly staff make you feel welcome and the service is very efficient. We ate there several days and as much as we could used it as an alternative to supermarket shopping. The meals are excellent and the cakes are works of art!

July 2017


Made a couple of visits during our stay, not a huge selection but lovely pies. Also tried the local wine & some of the coffee's. Worth a visit.

September 2017


We were staying just up the road from this great place, so called in for lunch with my son and family, who joined us from Torquay. The place was quit busy, but the staff were really helpful, and let us know the approximate wait for our meal. This turned up fairly quickly and was excellent. The size of the steak and ale pie has to be seen to be believed! Will definitely call in again.

September 2017


The pasties from here are lovely. We also got a lot of our gifts to take home from here. Great products on sale and very friendly staff.

October 2017



The White Hart Restaurant
(3 miles)

A sympathetically refurbished hotel in the heart of this small moorland town, with a restaurant championing fresh, local and seasonal produce.  Traditional cream teas are served in the relaxing, sofa filled lounge.

The White Hart Restaurant The Square, Moretonhampstead, Newton Abbot TQ13 8NF (T: 01647 440500) ->

 

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The Horse
(3 miles)

Soak up the atmosphere in this friendly and welcoming pub in the heart of Dartmoor National Park with its leather sofas and roaring fires, light and airy courtyard restaurant, delicious award winning food and a fine selection of Devon ales, ciders and wines from around the world.   

The Horse  7 George Street, Mortonhampstead, Newton Abbot TQ13 8PG (T: 01647 440242)

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Exmouth Beach
(16 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
(20 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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Step back in time to a gentler age here - lovely beach, quaint little town, reminded us of Southward in Suffolk on a smaller scale - we loved it!

September 2017



Wonwell Beach

Wonwell Beach
(23 miles)

In an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Wonwell is a sandy beach on the east shore of the Erme river which joins Mothecombe at low tide. It affords visitors a large expanse to explore and is accessed via a woodland path from the road which takes about 10 minutes. Alternatively, there is a slipway from the road to the shore of the river and at low tide you can walk along the edge to the beach itself, so make sure you get your timings right to make the most of this one. Parking is limited at Wonwell Beach so keep that in mind when you’re heading over. Road parking allows for around 20 cars depending on their size and there aren’t really any facilities around, although there are toilets nearby. This does mean you need to be prepared if you’re heading there for the best part of the day, but also makes for a very peaceful experience whether it’s lounging about on the sand with a picnic in the summer, or a stroll in the cooler months, simply taking in the atmosphere. Dogs are allowed on the beach all year round so it’s the perfect place to take them for a run around. Something to be careful of – do keep an eye on the tide to avoid getting cut off when it comes in and getting very wet en route back to dry land!

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Lovely beach but bit of a trek for little ones

April 2017


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.

September 2017



Ayrmer Cove

Ayrmer Cove
(23 miles)

Roughly one kilometre (20 minutes depending on your pace) from the National Trust car park at Ringmore, and with a selection of footpaths to get to it, Ayrmer Cove is a quiet secluded beach on the South West Coast Path. For anyone on holiday in South Devon it’s a peaceful place to sit and contemplate the natural scenery amongst the shingle, pebbles and rock pools, admiring the cliffs. It makes for a beautiful destination to walk to from Ringmore itself, which is a small village (population 230) with views towards the cove itself as well as Bigbury Bay – it makes for a wonderful holiday cottage destination in South Devon as well as a place to visit as part of your day. Walking to the beach allows you to discover the surrounding woodland, wildlife and history of the area – taking in old smugglers’ routes and hedgerows that have been in situ since the 1800s. It is a little tricky to get to so it’s not ideal for wheelchairs, and there aren’t any toilets or facilities at the beach itself so if you want to stay for a little while don’t forget to take snacks or a picnic if the weather is right. This is all about enjoying the environment that’s such a proud part of the National Trust – it’s everything a holiday in Devon is about, and yes, dogs are permitted all year round and will very much enjoy the walk!

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Gorgeous beach for an evening swim and barbecue. So peaceful and beautiful

June 2017


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.

September 2017



Mothecombe Beach
(23 miles)

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

April 2017


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