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The quaint village of Spreyton offers a picturesque spot from which to explore the delights of Dartmoor, with easy access to both the North and East Devon coasts.

About Spreyton

The quaint village of Spreyton, just to the north of Dartmoor, is ideally located for walkers, cyclists, and horse riders to explore the rugged wild beauty of the Dartmoor National Park.

Dartmoor, characterised by its distinctive granite tors, and rising in parts to over 2000 feet, offers a wonderful variation in landscape, from the barren remoteness of the higher moorland, to the rivers rushing over granite boulders down to deep wooded valleys and traditional farms. 

The Tors are huge granite outcrops left standing after the last glacial period and it is these that are the centre of attention in the famous 10 Tors walk, which hundreds of school children compete over as part of the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme. 

Other nearby attractions include Okehampton Golf Club, the dramatic Castle Drongo National Trust overlooking the Teign Gorge, the bustling seaside town and gateway to the Jurassic coast at Exmouth, the cathedral city of Exeter, and the picturesque North Devon clifftop town of Lynton and pretty harbour village at Lynmouth.

A holiday cottage in Spreyton offers a picturesque spot from which to explore the delights of Dartmoor, with easy access to both the North and East Devon coasts.


Stone Lane Gardens
(4 miles)

An enchanting 5-acre woodland garden on the edge of the Dartmoor famous for National Collections of Birch trees and Alder trees and the annual ‘Mythic Garden’ sculpture exhibition.

Stone Lane Gardens Chagford  TQ13 8JU (T: 01647 231311)

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Finch Foundry
(4 miles)

Famed as the last working water powered forge in England, Finch Foundry gives an insight into Dartmoor’s industrial past.  With three water wheels powering hammers, sheers and sharpening stone, this was the basis of one of the South West’s most successful factories in the 1800s, and in visiting there’s the opportunity to learn about the lives of the workers as well as the enterprising Finch family to which it belonged. Parking is free and there’s also a shop and tea room available.

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Castle Drogo
(5 miles)

Overlooking the dramatic Teign Gorge, Castle Drogo is a spectacular building with a wealth of history to go with it, and beautiful gardens to explore.  While it’s currently undergoing a conservation project, it remains open so that you can explore and learn about it’s fascinating story.  Outside, discover the beautiful Lutyens-designed terraced garden with dramatic views of Dartmoor, and see the quaint miniature gardens that go with it.  Beyond the castle there is the Teign Valley with its ancient gorge and magnificent wildlife, and after all that exploration there’s a cafe to refuel in with a traditional Devon cream tea.  Dogs are welcome.

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Museum of Dartmoor Life
(7 miles)

Life on Dartmoor might look like it’s all sheep farming and wild swimming, but the history of it is all encompassing.  In an independent museum run by a charitable trust, the Museum of Dartmoor Life is a family friendly attraction detailing 5000 years of history in this magical and mystical part of the world.  Open seasonally, they have a range of activities available for children, and collections showcasing Dartmoor trades, the local military, prison and transport, as well as a reconstructed Bronze Age hut.  

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Okehampton Castle
(8 miles)

On a wooded spur above River Okement, Okehampton Castle is the remains of the largest castle in Devon, one that was built soon after the Norman Conquest as a motte and bailey castle.  In the 14th century it became a rather more luxurious residence to Hugh Courtenay, the Earl of Devon, but when he fell out of favour with Henry VIII, the castle fell to ruin, and the result is what you see today.  When you visit, it’s a chance to picnic in the grounds and walk through the woodlands nearby, taking in the scenery and the history, perhaps with the aid of an audio tour to bring it all to life. Okehampton Castle is open seasonally so do check the website for further details.

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The Post Inn
(3 miles)

A warm and cosy traditional 16th century inn surrounded by beautiful countryside and serving high quality pub classics accompanied by an excellent range of real ales and ciders.

The Post Inn Exeter Road, Whiddon Down, Okehampton EX20 2QT (T: 01647 231242

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The Oxenham Arms
(4 miles)

A stunning 12th century former monastery and manor house now a popular hotel, bar and restaurant.  There are plenty of places to eat and drink with a choice of two bars and two restaurants along with a large terrace and garden with fantastic views.  Choose from a lunch or evening menu with daily specials along with coffees and afternoon cream teas.   

The Oxenham Arms South Zeal, Okehampton EX20 2JT (T: 01837 840244)

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Gidleigh Park
(6 miles)

A highly regarded, Michellin-starred hotel restaurant in a beautiful setting with a choice of Tasting or A la Carte menus full of unique, contemporary dishes.

Gidleigh Park Chagford, Newton Abbot TQ13 8HH (T: 01647 432367)

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The Old Forge Café
(6 miles)

A light and bright café serving modern British and authentic Italian meals alongside a mouth- watering selection of freshly made cakes, cream teas and coffees.

The Old Forge Café & Restaurant 6 The Square, Chagford, Newton Abbot TQ13 8AB

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The Birdcage
(6 miles)

A relaxed restaurant with a bohemian atmosphere serving gourmet pizzas along with daily specials, salads, coffees, cakes and cream teas. 

The Birdcage 11 The Square, Chagford TQ13 (T: 01647 433883)


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Exmouth Beach
(22 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
(26 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

Westward Ho!
(27 miles)

By the small seaside town of Westward Ho! is a comparatively huge and sandy beach, extending two miles north of the town.  To the north it is is backed by a pebble ridge and behind that is Northam Burrows Country Park.  You can access the beach from a number of places; via steps and a slipway in Westward Ho!, or by the ridge itself.  Dogs are banned from most of the beach from May to September, but they are allowed north of Sandymere all year round.  There are two small car parks by the sea front and plenty of parking behind the beach in Northam Burrows Country Park.  Toilets are available in various locations and there are cafes and shops close by in Westward Ho! itself.  The area is popular with surfers and happily there are lifeguards on hand in the summer months as well.

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Bucks Mills Beach
(28 miles)

Bucks Mills beach is situated in a rocky secluded cove at the bottom end of the ancient fishing village of Bucks Mills. No public toilets, no shops or other facilities, just a lovely place. Car parking is available at Bucks Mills car park EX39 5DY.

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Sidmouth Beach
(28 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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