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Eastcott Vineyard
(4 miles)

A small family run vineyard and winery specialising in sparkling English wines.  Tours are available April - September where you can learn about the varieties and management of the vineyard as well as taste at least 4 different wines.  There is also a shop where you can buy some wine either to drink on your holiday or take home - open Tuesday to Saturday in high season, check the website at other times.    

Eastcott Vineyard Lower Eastcott Farm, Okehampton EX20 3PT (T: 01837 811012)

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War Horse Valley
(6 miles)

Farmed for nearly 100 years, Parsonage Farm is the place around which the book War Horse by Michael Morpurgo was set, along with the parish of Iddesleigh.  It also has a claim to fame in that it was the home of Reverend John ‘Jack’ Russell, who was the first breeder of the small and pugnacious dogs to which he has given his name.  The farm is in a place of spectacular Devon beauty, hidden amongst the rolling hills with Dartmoor behind it.  A visit is the change to explore the setting that so inspired Morpurgo, learn about its farming history and the wartime stories find out more about the war horse story.

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Rosemoor Gardens
(9 miles)

A Royal Horticultural Society garden in Torrington, Devon, Rosemoor is a beautiful place to explore for the whole family.  With seasonal events and activities throughout the summer in particular, there’s also a beautiful kitchen garden for lunch.  

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Museum of Dartmoor Life
(9 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
(9 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 Duke of York
(6 miles)

A friendly, 15th century inn overlooking Dartmoor with roaring inglenook fires, real ales direct from the barrel and a popular dining room offering excellent menus including the pub’s renowned made to order steak and kidney puddings, along with other high quality meals making use of the area’s excellent local meat and farm produce.

The Duke of York Iddesleigh, Winkleigh EX19 8BG (T: 01837 810253)

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(9 miles)

A great local alternative to the coffee shop chains, this friendly café serves good coffee, teas and a range of delicious homemade cakes along with healthy smoothies and light meals.  

Toast 2-4 Market St, Okehampton EX20 1HN (T: 01837 54494)

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Ma'ida Indian Restaurant
(9 miles)

High quality Indian food to eat in or takeaway served by friendly staff.  Unlicenced but guests are welcome to bring their own alcohol. 

Ma’ida Indian Restaurant 37 Fore St, Okehampton EX20 (T: 01837 318030)

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Two Rivers Restaurant
(9 miles)

A welcoming, contemporary restaurant open for breakfast, lunch and dinner with menus full of good quality locally sourced ingredients.

Two Rivers Restaurant 16 Fore Street, Okehampton EX20 1AN (T: 01837 52981)

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Bearslake Inn
(10 miles)

A beautiful thatched pub with wonderful views over Dartmoor along with a cosy bar, large beer garden and smart restaurant.  A la Carte and lighter Lunch menus are available made up of unpretentious, yet expertly cooked options using high quality local ingredients. 

Bearslake Inn Lake, Sourton, Okehampton EX20 4HQ (T: 01837 861334)


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Bucks Mills Beach
(15 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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Westward Ho!
(17 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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Summerleaze Beach
(18 miles)

Less the five minutes on foot from the centre of Bude, Summerleaze Beach is an easy beach to get to and enjoy for the whole day.  There’s a river flanking the sandy beach and it’s sheltered by a breakwater, making it popular with families and surfers.  You can book beach huts daily or weekly, and adding to its charm is a part man-made/part natural salt water sea pool to swim in at the foot of the cliff, that’s been welcoming swimmers since it opened in 1930.  There’s lifeguard cover in the summer months, dogs need to be kept on leads from May to September, and there are toilets and disabled toilets close by as well as an RNLI shop, sandy play area, a beach café, and a large car park that leads directly to the sand dunes.

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Busy car park but the sandy beach is worth it. Cliff top walks and a tidal pool made this a perfect spot on a sunny day.

August 2017

Crooklets Beach
(18 miles)

Crooklets Beach, near Bude, offers golden sands and rock pools to explore.  There is a cafe right on the sea front and access from teh car park is level.  There are public toilets and an outdoor shower for sandy toes.  Car parkign is available at Crooklets Road car park EX23 8LG.

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Widemouth Beach
(18 miles)

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.

May 2017

Lovely clean beach. Dogs enjoyed it!

May 2017

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