Blackawton

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The village of Blackawton is a lovely rural spot to base your South Devon break. With easy access to nearby beaches, and the interesting towns of Dartmouth and Totnes, you can be active, or simply kick-back and enjoy relaxing strolls through picturesque countryside.

About Blackawton

Nestled deep within the picturesque South Devon countryside, the village of Blackawton is graced with two pubs, The George Inn and The Normandy Arms, both providing good food and ale. However this little place has made a name for itself as the home of the weird and wonderful International Festival of Worm Charming! This quirky event held annually in early May always draws a crowd, come rain or shine, and is a real hit with the whole family.

If you’re after a wide choice of independent shops, cafes and restaurants head to the nearby bustling, waterside town of Dartmouth, which lies just 6 miles to the west of Blackawton. This historic maritime town is a lovely place to potter around, whether you're checking out the local art galleries or the browsing the stalls in the lively market. You can also embark on boat trips here, either up the River Dart, or out along the coast.

Blackawton is within easy reach of the coast. Strete Gate beach is nearest and has a small car park, but be aware that there is a nudist area here to the north. Head in the other direction and there’s literally miles of pebbly beach to walk along towards Torcross. Further along Slapton Sands the coast road is flanked either side by the sea and Slapton Ley, the region’s largest freshwater lake and National Nature Reserve. The Ley is bursting with bird life so if you fancy a change from the beach, take the nature trail and walk the circular route round to the quaint village of Slapton.

If you're not in the mood for a hike, and instead just want a quick blast of fresh air, lunch and a sea view, then try nearby Blackpool Sands. This family-friendly beach also boasts the popular Venus Café overlooking the sea which serves legendary breakfasts, and also fabulous traditional Devon cream teas.

A holiday cottage in Blackawton is a lovely rural spot to base your South Devon break.

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Woodlands Family Theme Park

Woodlands Family Theme Park
(Less than a mile)

A family theme park set in 90 acres of countryside in South Devon, Woodlands has a wealth of entertainment available for kids of all ages including rides, a toddler zone, a falconry centre, a sea monster zone, animal paddocks, a deer park, a chicken run, baby animals, a meerkat home and lots more to keep you entertained for a whole day. They also host a series of events that vary throughout the season from Dino Week to Peppa Pig, and for visiting groups they offer special rates and discounts. There are indoor and outdoor activities available making it perfect when the sun shines or for rainy days, and there are seasonal opening times with a range of ticket options so take a peek at the website for the latest information. Baby changing, lockers, first aid, toilets and cafes are all available on site. Dogs are not permitted but there is a kennel on site on a first come, first served basis.

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I like Woodlands because it is entertaining whatever the weather

December 2016

Brilliant day out for all ages.

December 2016

No matter what the weather is you'll have a day of fun. Only downside is that if your 7 year old is a bit tall for their age they will be charged an adult ticket price

December 2016

Don't expect Alton Towers- but if you want a great place to spend the day and keep the kids entertained, then this is the best there is in South Devon. I'd say better for 7-13s than anything over....

March 2017

My daughter and granddaughter really enjoyed this park and was amazed how big it was and how many attractions it had.

April 2017


Dartmouth Golf Club

Dartmouth Golf Club
(2 miles)

Dartmouth is a particularly beautiful part of South Devon, and at the The Dartmouth Golf Club there are two courses to visit. It is one of the South West's most comprehensive golf resorts, and has been included in Golf Monthly's list of Great Britain and Ireland's best 80 courses. The Dartmouth Course is a more relaxing par 66, nine-hole experience and offers seven-day membership as an option. Meanwhile, the Championship Course is an 18-hole, 7,200 yard, par 72 course and has hosted the West Region PGA Championships on no less than six occasions. Dress codes apply and there is a bar and restaurant on site as well as a spa to complete your holiday in South Devon.

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Enjoyed the pool and the sauna and the jacuzzi - very relaxing

April 2017


Fast Rabbit Farm Garden

Fast Rabbit Farm Garden
(3 miles)

In 42 acres of secluded Strawberry Valley, Fast Rabbit Farm Garden is the largest garden featuring acid loving plants in the county. Founded in 1991, the garden has something to offer visitors through every season, and provides a range of habitats for a vast family of wildlife and plant life. A beautiful sight, showcasing the intricacies of the South Devon climate and the magic it creates, visiting here is about a peaceful wander and experiencing the quieter side of Devon. They have a self-serve refreshment facility and picnic tables to take advantage of, and in the summer they even offer ‘Clothing Optional’ days if that strikes a chord.

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Dittiscombe Equestrian Centre

Dittiscombe Equestrian Centre
(3 miles)

As the self proclaimed ‘home of horse riding in the South Hams’, Dittiscombe Equestrian Centre offers horse riding lessons to everyone, whether they’re beginners or seasoned riders. Friendly and professional, they have an indoor school and an outdoor school so you can organise lessons whatever the weather, and you can borrow hats when you’re visiting as well if you don’t have your own. You can opt for private or group lessons, and there are toilets and changing facilities on site as well as plenty of parking. The school is two miles inland from Slapton Sands, so you can also combine your lesson with a trip to the historic D-Day training site and a wander along the beach if you fancy it!

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Canoe Adventures

Canoe Adventures
(4 miles)

Giving you the opportunity to take canoeing to the next level with guided tours in long canoes along the beautiful River Dart, Canoe Adventures offer a variety of options and opportunities to really make the experience your own with canoe share for families, riverside picnics, ice cream, wildlife, history and fire craft to be enjoyed. You can join a tour or opt for private hire with visits to the popular Sharpham Vineyard for family celebrations, hen parties, stag dos, school trips and corporate outings. Prices start at £24 per seat for an adult or from £192 for a private five-hour outing in a 10-seater canoe. Keep an eye on the website for scheduled trips including the Dart by Moonlight which is a complete cracker!

http://www.canoeadventures.co.uk/

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The George Inn
(Less than a mile)

A classic South Hams pub: home-cooked wholesome meals, a selection of Cask Marque accredited ales, wood burner fires for the colder months and a south facing decked terrace, outdoor bar and children’s play area for the summer. Dog and family friendly.

The George Inn  Blackawton, Totnes TQ9 7BG (T: 01803 712342) 

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The Sportsman's Arms
(2 miles)

A traditional country pub serving home cooked food as well as a popular carvery.  Ample parking, a large beer garden and a children’s play area make this a great choice for all the family. Dogs welcome.

The Sportsmans Arms, Hemborough Post, Dartmouth TQ9 7DE (T: 01803 712231)

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Lovely food, good service, great atmosphere and good music on music nights

April 2017


The Old Inn
(3 miles)

This conveniently placed country pub, originally built in the 14th century and today offering good quality locally sourced food is a great place to stop off and enjoy lunch, dinner or a traditional Devon cream tea.  Ample parking, friendly staff and a large garden add to the appeal.

The Old Inn Halwell TQ9 7JA (T: 01803 712329) 

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The Fortescue Arms
(3 miles)

The Fortescue Arms is a popular meeting place for locals, and visitors are always given a warm welcome.  The beamed ceilings, candlelit restaurant and open fires create a cosy atmosphere in the winter and the quiet, comfortable garden makes for the perfect place to dine al fresco in the summer.

The Fortescue Arms  East Allington TQ9 7RA (T: 01548 521215) 

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Lovely pub with great food, in a wonderful village with some fantastic walks through the countryside

March 2017

We had Sunday lunch here on Easter Sunday, it was delicious! My party of 7 eat out a lot, and are picky - I can thoroughly recommend this pub.

May 2017

Friendly atmosphere and food very good.

May 2017


The Maltsters Arms
(4 miles)

Set in a beautiful location alongside Bow Creek and with a predominantly fish menu, this is a great place to enjoy some delicious food or a cold beer in the sunshine.  Watch boats mooring, kayaks launching and children crabbing during the summer, or enjoy the cosy atmosphere and open fires in colder months. 

The Maltsters Arms Tuckenhay, Totnes TQ9 7EH (T: 01803 732350) 

 

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Only stopped for a drink on the way to Dittisham but loved sitting out by the river and watching all the wildlife passing by

December 2016

Excellent food and great atomasphere.

May 2017


Blackpool Sands

Blackpool Sands
(4 miles)

Between Dartmouth and Slapton, Blackpool Sands is a beautiful shingle bay on the South West Coast Path, surrounded by evergreens and pine trees. It really is a treasure of a beach to visit while you’re in the area. Award-winning, the privately owned, blue flag beach boasts a sense of being in the Mediterranean on a good day in the summer, although a good jumper never goes amiss in this part of the world! You will no doubt not be surprised to hear that it is in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, however it also boasts ample facilities and things to do. There are showers, toilets and disabled facilities, as well as paddle board, kayak and wetsuit hire available for those wishing to earn their visit to The Venus Beach Café, where light bites and refreshments are served. The Venus Shop also sells all the bits and pieces you might want for fun and games on the beach if you have forgotten them or are in need of extra buckets and spades. The water at Blackpool Sands is known for being clean and clear and tested by the Environment Agency, and lifeguards are on hand in the summer (July to September) so there’s every reason to pop in for a dip. However, dogs are not allowed on the beach in the high season (12th March to 30th October) so keep the walking for the cooler months. There is parking available at the beach with seasonal charges, and you can find out more information on those from the Blackpool Sands information line on 01803 771800. This beach is easy to get to and quite literally fun and games for the whole family, as well as a beautiful place to visit at any time of the year to take in the view!

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Stunning beach, and you can get takeaway cream tea from the cafe to have on the beach!!

May 2017


Slapton Sands

Slapton Sands
(6 miles)

A long stretch of beach with spectacular views of the sea stretching into the distance, Slapton Sands is in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and for good reason. Adjacent to Slapton Ley, a freshwater lake that’s home to an abundance of wildlife and one of the many reasons people come to visit the area, the beach has a history of welcoming families in the summer for long days in the sunshine, building sandcastles, surfing, windsurfing and kayaking. It’s amazing to believe that this peaceful corner of South Devon has its place in military history as in 1943 the beach was taken over by allied forces to use as a rehearsal area for the D-Day landings. However, live ammunition and poor visibility ended in the deaths of more than 700 servicemen, so today there is a stone monument in place for Operation Tiger, as it was called, as well as a Sherman Tank at nearby Torcross. On a more current note, there is a beachside café at Slapton Sands for teas, coffees and other light bites, and there are also toilets nearby. The beach has disabled access, and also allows dogs throughout the year, so it really is fun for everyone and very easy to get to. There is parking nearby and in the summer months from May to September there is lifeguard cover. Last, but not least, a small collection of pubs reside in Torcross for those who are feeling peckish after a long day in the fresh air, or if you have been for a nice walk along the sand!

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Great place for a walk along the beach and had some great events for children at Easter. Great fish and chips in the pub at the end on Torcross

April 2017

Clapton Sands is beautiful. The rocks are the most beautiful colours, wild flowers abound on the beach, the views in either direction are stunning and it is rarely over crowded.One of the most wonderful areas in the U.K.

May 2017


Beesands

Beesands
(7 miles)

Close to Kingsbridge and a favourite amongst residents and holiday makers in the South West, Beesands is a wonderful mile-long shingle beach surrounded by fields and a freshwater lake. You get a real flavour of the West Country here with fresh crab sandwiches for sale nearby and lots of Devon holiday cottages within walking distance to make it really convenient. The beach has won awards from the Marine Conservation Society as well as having The Blue Flag marker to attest to its excellence and high standards, so families and swimmers can be reassured. The beach is popular for surfing and body boarding amongst other water sports including fishing, so tackle is on sale close by. You can pick up light bites at nearby cafes as and when you’re ready, making it easy to spend the whole day running around on the sand and enjoying your seaside holiday to the max. Beesands is very much a beach for everyone thanks to its convenient location, easy and free road parking along most of the beach, level access, and the toilets, cafes and pubs close by. Dogs are also welcome on the beach throughout the year so the whole family can enjoy it!

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Britannia Fish - Great fish - always fresh and lovely family run business. A must for anyone who likes eating good fish!

May 2017

Ideal for quiet and peaceful holiday with two good restaurants both of which are dog friendly.

April 2017


North Hallsands

North Hallsands
(8 miles)

A quiet beach of fine shingle with a reed bed providing the backdrop, North Hallsands is a picturesque place to visit for anyone staying in one of our holiday cottages in Devon. The beach is divided into north and south, and it’s about nine miles from Kingsbridge facing towards Start Bay. There is level access to the sand from North Hallsands car park, although it is small so keep that in mind in busier months, although there’s also another small car park five minutes away for South Hallsands. You might want to note that there aren’t any facilities or toilets close to the beach, which does mean that it’s fantastically peaceful and an experience that’s all about the natural environment, which ultimately is what we all love about a Devon break! For those bringing their four legged friends with them, the beach is completely dog friendly, welcoming them all year round, so just don’t get carried away with all that fun in the sand and get cut off by the tide in all the excitement. The sand stretches a fair distance at low tide and we wouldn’t want you to get wet!

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Gorgeous beach, but be careful if you have a dog that likes to run as our Border Collie got very sore paws on the pebbles.

May 2017


Mattiscombe

Mattiscombe
(9 miles)

A sandy beach close to Start Point, Mattiscombe is one of those little sandy treasure troves that we all love to find – it’s quiet, peaceful, and without very much around to distract you from the abundant natural beauty. Being a beautiful, secluded beach there aren’t any facilities or activities available here; it’s all about taking in your surroundings, perhaps doing a spot of rock pooling while you’re there, and walking the dog if you have one as they are welcome all year round. The rock formations are interesting and the views are remarkable, so remember to take your sandwiches and really spend some time taking it all in. It isn’t the easiest beach to access as the slope and steps onto the sand are quite steep and parking is at Start Point around a 10-minute walk along the South West Coast Path, so bring some appropriate footwear for exploring!

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A bit of a walk down from the car park but so worth it, arguably the best beach in the South Hams

December 2016

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