Diptford

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A holiday cottage in the small village of Diptford provides a lovely rural escape with easy access to the beautiful wilderness of Dartmoor and the stunning South Devon coastline.

About Diptford

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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Woodlands Family Theme Park

Woodlands Family Theme Park
(5 miles)

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



Canoe Adventures

Canoe Adventures
(5 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.  Keep an eye on the website for scheduled trips including the Dart by Moonlight which is a complete cracker!

Click here for further details

 

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Totnes Castle
(5 miles)

A classic Norman motte and bailey castle within walking distance of the centre of Totnes.  Climb to the top for stunning views over the town and River Dart or enjoy a peaceful picnic in the grounds under one of the ancient trees. 

Totnes Castle Castle Street, Totnes TQ9 5NU

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Totnes Elizabethan House Museum
(5 miles)

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)

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Timehouse Museum
(5 miles)

Accessed via the Narnia Shop on Totnes Fore Street, the Timehouse Museum is a four dimensional installation fusing art, music and film that will engage inquisitive minds of all ages.  Expect the extraordinary!

Timehouse Museum 69 Fore Street, Totnes TQ9 5NJ (T: 01803 862109)

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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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Very friendly staff and a very good meal.

August 2017



The Maltsters Arms, Harbertonford
(3 miles)

A traditional Devon pub serving real ale

The Maltsters Arms, Harbertonford, Totnes TQ9 7SZ (T: 01803 732258), 
 

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Friendly and helpful pub with good beer and basic food Curry night was good value for money

August 2017



Nkuku Café
(3 miles)

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)

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The Church House Inn
(3 miles)

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.

September 2017



California Country Inn
(4 miles)

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.

August 2017


Lovely pub and restaurant, staff are very friendly and atmosphere is chilled. Couldn't rate them more.

September 2017



Blackpool Sands

Blackpool Sands
(8 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


Our family 's favourite beach

June 2017


The cost of the parking steep

June 2017


Perfect venue for a sunny day! Secluded beach which is clean and tidy, with a cafe, snack bar and shop, beach equipment hire too

July 2017


Beautiful location but shame it a shingle beach and not sandy. Also very disappointed with the £8 fee to park the car .

August 2017


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.

August 2017



Ayrmer Cove

Ayrmer Cove
(9 miles)

Roughly one kilometre (20 minutes depending on your pace) from the National Trust car park at Ringmore, and with a selection of footpaths to get to it, Ayrmer Cove is a quiet secluded beach on the South West Coast Path. For anyone on holiday in South Devon it’s a peaceful place to sit and contemplate the natural scenery amongst the shingle, pebbles and rock pools, admiring the cliffs. It makes for a beautiful destination to walk to from Ringmore itself, which is a small village (population 230) with views towards the cove itself as well as Bigbury Bay – it makes for a wonderful holiday cottage destination in South Devon as well as a place to visit as part of your day. Walking to the beach allows you to discover the surrounding woodland, wildlife and history of the area – taking in old smugglers’ routes and hedgerows that have been in situ since the 1800s. It is a little tricky to get to so it’s not ideal for wheelchairs, and there aren’t any toilets or facilities at the beach itself so if you want to stay for a little while don’t forget to take snacks or a picnic if the weather is right. This is all about enjoying the environment that’s such a proud part of the National Trust – it’s everything a holiday in Devon is about, and yes, dogs are permitted all year round and will very much enjoy the walk!

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(2)

Gorgeous beach for an evening swim and barbecue. So peaceful and beautiful

June 2017


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.

September 2017



Challaborough Bay

Challaborough Bay
(9 miles)

Close to Kingsbridge, Challaborough Bay is a sandy beach in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty that’s perfect for enjoying all the seaside activities nature can afford. At low tide the beach is ideal for visiting families to build sandcastles and explore the rock pools, while the swells and shore breaks also attract surfers and bodyboarders. There are some beautiful walks along the coast path that surrounds it, heading towards Bigbury on Sea in particular. Making it an ideal spot to spend the day, the beach has toilets, a café and a beach shop close by, although access is via steps and small paths so accessibility isn’t wheelchair friendly. There is a car park but it’s rather small, so it’s good to know that a 15-minute walk to Bigbury will see ample parking available – seasonal charges apply so remember to bring cash with you. While four legged friends are welcome in the winter, they are not allowed on the beach between May and September, so do plan their walks with that in mind. It’s a lovely spot along the coast path to bring them to, you can even beach hop from one to the next!

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Lovely beach

April 2017



Bantham Beach

Bantham Beach
(9 miles)

At the mouth of the Avon River, Bantham beach is easy to reach from Salcombe, Kingsbridge and our other favourite holiday home locations, as well as being a beautiful area to stay in its own right. The beach looks out over Bigbury Bay and offers a wonderful view of Burgh Island, which is famous for its art deco hotel of the same name that has hosted Agatha Christie and Noel Coward amongst its illustrious guests an can reach by sea tractor. Bantham beach has a popular reputation amongst both novice and advanced surfers, and as such there are lessons available from the Bantham Surfing Academy, which operates from the beach. They also offer other water sports including paddle boarding, and a day pottering up the Avon River on one of those when the tide is right, is a day well spent. When the tide is out at Bantham the sandy beach reveals rock pools and great swathes of space so you can happily set up a picnic and stay there for the whole day. If the mood strikes, why not walk along the coast path towards Thurlestone around the corner, and South Milton Sands beyond that, particularly as it’s also a popular beach for dog owners? Just keep in mind that from 1st May until 30th September restrictions apply, so look out for signposts with more information. If you’re spending the whole day on the beach it’s worth popping to the Gastrobus which is open seasonally in the car park, offering everything from freshly made baps to coffees, teas and cakes, or for a larger meal head the short walking distance to The Sloop Inn gastropub. There is plenty of parking available by Bantham, with charges from £3.50 per day, so make sure you have change on you as it’s a bit tricky to find parking otherwise. There are toilets in the car park, and from May to October from 10am until 6pm there is also lifeguard cover on the beach. All in, Bantham has something to offer everyone throughout the year and is one of many beautiful locations to spend time while you’re in South Devon.

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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.

April 2017


A short walk (less than a mile) from Thurlestone, this is a stunning beach. Lots of shallow water with sand underfoot, truly amazing.

July 2017


Beautiful beach. Nightmare of a road (especially in high season) to get to it. Worth it though when you get there.

July 2017



Leas Foot Sands

Leas Foot Sands
(9 miles)

A small sandy beach belonging to Thurlestone Golf Club, those who have been on regular Devon weekend breaks and holidays will have seen this beach change somewhat in recent years thanks to storm damage, but the evolving landscape merely adds to its charm. A 200-metre walk down a paved path from the golf club and its car park and you find yourself heading down a gentle slope onto the sand, with the option of enjoying the beach in its own right or walking along the coast in either direction towards Bantham or South Milton Sands. Dogs are allowed here at any time, which of course adds to the appeal for walkers, and if you fancy stopping somewhere for lunch then Thurlestone village nearby is home to a charming pub that’s cryptically named The Village Inn, which is suitable for the whole family and wonderfully cosy in the winter months. Alternatively head to the Beachhouse café at South Milton for lunches and evenings meals with a view of the sunset, or cups of tea and brownies from the Gastrobus at Bantham. It is one of the area’s quieter beaches, often acting as a place to wander past rather than one to spend the whole day on, but given its easy access and the proximity of the car park, and the golf club, it’s a delightful little spot in which to while away the afternoon.

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(2)

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!

July 2017


This is possibly the best beach in the whole of England

July 2017


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