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.
Founded in 1895, Wrangaton Golf Club is situated on the southern slopes of Dartmoor between Ivybridge and South Brent. Today the nine hole course continues to be a rugged and raw experiences, underlined by the natural beauty of the area - the rich Devonshire countryside and the coastline and the sea 10 miles away. It is a test of any golfer’s ability, and it is said that you never play the same hole twice. Warm and welcoming, visitors are invited to attend with green fees starting at £22.50 for 18-holes. Feel free to pop into the clubhouse afterwards to have a snack, drink or perhaps a traditional Sunday lunch to round off your day.
If you have spent any time in South Devon before, chances are you’ve heard of Pennywell Farm. A petting zoo taken to another level, you can visit with the family for piggy cuddles, egg collecting, goat milking, bottle feeding orphan lambs, seed planting for home grown souvenirs, treasure hunts, pond dipping, pony pampering and deer feeding amongst other things from 10am to 5pm seven days a week. There are a variety of ticket options available and children under the age of three go for free. There’s a number of options for eating while you’re there from the coffee cabin, to Henny Penny café, ice creams and picnic tables in the summer. They have won numerous awards and for anyone on holiday with the dog they have a kennel on site which is free of charge while you potter about – just remember to bring their bed and water bowl.
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Excellent day out with the kids that offers wholesome family fun you don't find in a lot of places.
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)
Totnes Guildhall has nearly a thousand years of history for you to explore with the original priory building dating back to 1088. This fascinating building has been used as the town gaol, boy's school, magistrates court, and is still used today as the Council Chambers and Mayor's parlour for Totnes Town Council. Open to visitors May to October, check website to avoid disappointment.
Totnes Guildhall 5 Ramparts Walk, Totnes TQ9 5QH (T: 01803 862147)
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Planned to visit on our last day in Totnes. Unfortunately the Guildhall closed early that day without any warning - very disappointing.
A beautiful old mill set in six acres of grounds housing a large restaurant and bar open for breakfasts, family meals, Sunday lunches and romantic dinners. Classic menus full of locally sourced, freshly produced dishes are accompanied by a carefully selected wine list and a selection of local ales, beer and ciders on tap.
Turtley Corn Mill Avonwick, South Brent TQ10 9ES (T: 01364 646100)
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Beautiful inside and out. Gorgeous huge garden with lake and streams. Inside impeccable, large yet cosy.
A stylish fine dining restaurant, where Michelin starred chef and Masterchef winner Anton Piotrowski serves up exciting and creative menus, using the best local and seasonal produce. Take a cocktail in the relaxing bar, or try a whisky of wine tasting before your evening meal with the professional sommelier.
Glazebrook House Hotel Glazebrook, South Brent TQ10 9JE (T: 1364 73322)
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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Lovely pub and restaurant, staff are very friendly and atmosphere is chilled. Couldn't rate them more.
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.
A tastefully modernised 16th century free house serving a wide variety of locally sourced seafood, steaks and vegetarian options both a la carte in the restaurant or from the more relaxed Pub Menu served in the bar. All meals are beautifully presented and accompanied by an extensive wine list or range of local beers and ciders.
The Ship Inn The Square, Ugborough PL21 0NS (T: 01752 892565)
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Very welcoming, great food
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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Excellent food, lovely old pub and village. Worth a visit.
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.
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Parked in the NT car park at Ringmore and took the 15 min walk down to the beach. Saw a beautiful sunset and had the place to ourselves. Bliss
What a fantastic place. So quiet - we had the whole beach to ourselves a lot of the time. Our dogs loved it.
A lovely quiet cove, with excellent rock pools at low tide. No sand but the kids enjoy it as an alternative to the massive sandy beaches at Bigbury and Bantham.
stunning little beach, very quiet and great for snorkelling
Beautiful cove. Very quiet with lots of bird life.
Well worth the walk with beautiful views of Burgh island from the coast path. We were the only ones there on a very sunny day in April. Perfect.
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.
Gorgeous beach for an evening swim and barbecue. So peaceful and beautiful
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Glorious beach at the mouth of the Erme. Narrow lanes and very limited parking. No toilets, cafes etc - wonderful! Turning circle for cars just before the beach but expect to have to reverse back up the access lane to allow cars that are leaving to go back. A nightmare on Bank Holidays - parking almost impossible and expect to have to negotiate very tight spaces.
Lovely beach but bit of a trek for little ones
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Best beach in the South Hams.
Can get busy with surfers, but a beautiful place with a wide sandy beach. Lots of room for everyone.
Beautiful beach. Nightmare of a road (especially in high season) to get to it. Worth it though when you get there.
A short walk (less than a mile) from Thurlestone, this is a stunning beach. Lots of shallow water with sand underfoot, truly amazing.
Fantastic sandy beach and so big. My dog loved running around and jumping into the water. Plenty of space for all.
It won’t come as a surprise to anyone who has visited that Bigbury on Sea is located in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Perfect for sand castles and rock pooling as well as tucking into lengthy summer picnics, it is an unusual beach to visit because the tide comes in from both sides. As a result, it is an endless source of fascination for children, not least for its sea tractor which provides transport from one end of the beach to the other in order to reach Burgh Island. Burgh Island is connected to mainland England by the beach alone, it’s home to the famous art deco Burgh Island Hotel which has hosted Agatha Christie and Noel Coward since its incarnation in 1929, and has even made an appearance in the TV adaptation of Christie’s Poirot. On a practical note there is on-site parking available close to the beach with daily charges from £3.50. Toilets and shower facilities with disabled access are also nearby, and lifeguards are present from May to September. The Venus café offers teas, coffees and other refreshments including the ice creams that are of such fundamental importance for a day at the beach. Meanwhile, dog lovers will be pleased to know that four legged friends are welcome at Bigbury on Sea, but restrictions apply from 1st May until 30th September. Ultimately, Bigbury on Sea is a supremely beautiful location and fun family day out with abundant wildlife to enjoy and coastal footpaths to explore as well, making it a wonderful destination to visit on holiday in Devon, no matter what time of the year it is.
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Fab, sand spit beach, covered at high tide, access to Burgh island. An absolute must.
Gorgeous beach - very large and areas suitable for dogs. Check tides before you go. Walk over to Burgh island is great. Good toilets and shop - very clean.
Wonderful beach and great view of Burgh Island and the marvellous hotel.
Spent a happy afternoon watching the sea.
Perfect location. Excellent to walk across the tombolo and explore the island. Very safe for dogs. We visited on a very sunny day in April and were lucky to get a free parking spot right by the slipway. Views from the top are wonderful. Watching the waves meet from both directions is fascinating.
Great beach for walking the dog - only part of the beach is restricted. Not overcrowded as we visited out of season and some lovely views in all directions.
Lovely place. Child friendly with fantastic views. Only downside is the dogs that are allowed on. It can get very busy in high season and the dogs can be a pain if running loose especially if you have got little ones. We have got a dog so it's not because we aren't dog lovers!
Rather run down and disappointing that visitors are made to feel rather unwanted with only a small section of the pub open to non-residents and the hotel off limits completely to non-residents. View from the top lovely, but I wouldn't drive miles and miles to visit. What attracted me was the parting of the sea and that was a lovely view
Fantastic unique place with sea both sides of the beach when the tide is out and Burgh Island to walk to with a lovely old pub but inefficient service.