Diptford is a small village is within easy access of both Dartmoor and the quirky town of Totnes with its lively weekly markets. Totnes is best known for its thriving arts, music and bohemian culture, which has resulted in a fantastic variety of things to do from buying hand-made shoes to relaxing in a flotation tank. This historic town also has a classic Norman motte and bailey castle overlooking the town and River Dart.
Diptford is within an easy drive of numerous stunning south coast beaches and is just a short journey to the edge of beautiful Dartmoor. Drive through South Brent and on to Shipley Bridge where you’ll find a moorland car park with toilet block and an easy access walk to the Avon Dam reservoir. This walk is particularly good for those with limited mobility, or families with pushchairs, or young children on bikes, as the path is metalled and has some lovely picnic spots by the side of the river along the way. This makes for an easy stroll onto the moors without missing out on the picturesque scenery.
You can also access the moors via the nearby lively town of Ashburton, which has a range of antiques shops, an artisan baker, cafés and delis. For those seeking more wilderness, venture into the heart of Dartmoor and you’ll discover a wide open, barren landscape in sharp contrast to the wooded valleys below. Make sure you take sensible footwear, clothing and a map if you’re going for more than a light stroll as the weather is renowned for its changeability. Take a drive to the famous Hay Tor where it is possible to make a careful ascent to the top of the tor, or stay below and watch climbers attempt to conquer the vertical side of this imposing granite outcrop.
A holiday cottage in Didtford provides a lovely rural escape with easy access to Dartmoor and the beautiful South Devon coast.
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I like Woodlands because it is entertaining whatever the weather
Brilliant day out for all ages.
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
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....
My daughter and granddaughter really enjoyed this park and was amazed how big it was and how many attractions it had.
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. Keep an eye on the website for scheduled trips including the Dart by Moonlight which is a complete cracker!
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Travel back in time to the days when Elizabethan merchants lived in this fascinating building in the centre of Totnes. Kids can dress up in the nursery or discover what people ate in the Elizabethan kitchen and herb garden, and the whole family can enjoy the wealth of interesting exhibits about Totnes through the ages.
Totnes Elizabethan House Museum 70 Fore Street, Totnes TQ9 5RU (T: 01803 86382)
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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Very friendly staff and a very good meal.
Friendly and helpful pub with good beer and basic food Curry night was good value for money
An ethical and fairtrade store selling an assortment of antique Indian furniture, homewares and other unusual pieces. Take a break from shopping at The Nkuku café which serves an all day menu including the finest artisan coffee, light meals, wood fired pizzas and a selection of wines, craft beers, organic ciders and cocktails, all in beautiful surroundings.
Nkuku Lifestyle Store and Café Brockhills Barns, Harbertonford TQ9 7PS (T: 01803 465365)
A family and dog friendly pub in a beautiful setting with a reputation for serving good quality, classic dishes. Dating from the 13th century this is a fine example of a traditional Devon long house and still retains lots of original features.
The Church House Inn Harberton, Totnes TQ9 7SF (T: 01803 863707)
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Delicious Sunday lunch especially the roast beef. Only disappointment was the treacle tart. Everything else was lovely. Would only add that the vegetables need to be brought out immediately after the meat.
An award winning traditional country pub popular for its good food, lively bar and pretty beer garden. Enjoy the bar menu for traditional pub favourites, the restaurant for a la carte, or Sunday Roasts with a choice of meats and excellent veggie option.
California Country Inn California Cross, Modbury PL21 0SG (T: 01548 821449)
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Wow! what a lovely reasonable priced place to have an evening meal. We stayed at Colmer Estate just down the road so well within walking distance. The food was great quality, smaller portions for adults with small appetite and childrens selection too. As a family of four we always found something to eat and staff very friendly and happy to accommodate and cleaniliness was very good. Overall I would give 5 stars and would recommend to book (day or two before we found ok) as gets busy due to popularity.
Lovely pub and restaurant, staff are very friendly and atmosphere is chilled. Couldn't rate them more.
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!!
Our family 's favourite beach
The cost of the parking steep
Perfect venue for a sunny day! Secluded beach which is clean and tidy, with a cafe, snack bar and shop, beach equipment hire too
Beautiful location but shame it a shingle beach and not sandy. Also very disappointed with the £8 fee to park the car .
Beautiful clean beach with excellent facilities.Clean toilets lovely cafe and shop.Lifeguard on the beach.No dogs allowed.Plenty of parking.We enjoyed rock pooling at the far end of the beach.The owner does a great job.You can also visit Blackpool Sands garden but we did not have time.Also a juggler was there on the day we went great fun for everyone.
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Gorgeous beach for an evening swim and barbecue. So peaceful and beautiful
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.
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Fantastic sandy beach and so big. My dog loved running around and jumping into the water. Plenty of space for all.
A short walk (less than a mile) from Thurlestone, this is a stunning beach. Lots of shallow water with sand underfoot, truly amazing.
Beautiful beach. Nightmare of a road (especially in high season) to get to it. Worth it though when you get there.
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A very nice beach with quite a lot of sand at times. So easy to access, even managed to get both (octogenarian) parents to it and my mother in the sea for a paddle!
This is possibly the best beach in the whole of England