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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Excellent day out with the kids that offers wholesome family fun you don't find in a lot of places.
On a thousand-year-old farm of five hundred acres, Sharpham vineyard is one of England's foremost quality wine and cheese producers, and in the summer months they invite you to visit, explore, experience and learn about the production processes in this beautiful corner of South Devon near Totnes. Designed and built in 1770, the house itself overlooks fields and wooded slopes above the River Dart, making it the perfect setting to experience the best of South Devon produce. Both wines and cheeses boast award winning statuses so you can imagine the pleasure that comes from a tour, a Vineyard Ramble, a Trek and Taste visit or a complete Sharpham Experience lasting a decadent four hours exploring the estate.
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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!
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)
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)
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)
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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Lovely beach but bit of a trek for little ones
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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.
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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.
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