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)
Just a few miles from the beach in North Devon’s Tarka country, Bideford Bicycle, Surf Board and Kayak Hire does pretty much exactly what it says on the tin, meaning they have everything you need to really get out and enjoy the area. They are open seven days a week from 9am to 5pm, so pop in and find the right pieces of kit for you!
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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.
Offering an action-packed programme of activities under the safe supervision of the highly experienced Sam Roberts, and his team. Whether you'd like to learn surfing or body boarding at Widemouth Bay, or experience Canadian Canoeing or the entertaining Jungle Run in the Bude canal - there is something for everyone, of all ages and abilities. Qualified coaches. All equipment provided. No experience necessary. Open 1 March through to 30 December. Booking required.
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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 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)
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Toad Hall Cottages
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Toad Hall Cottages
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