The pretty hamlet of Tuckenhay is peacefully nestled in the picturesque Dart Valley, yet within easy reach of Totnes, Dartmouth and the South Devon coast. Known for its unspoilt tree-lined banks, secret creeks, and sweeping countryside, its natural beauty attracts walkers, bird lovers, photographers, artists, and fishermen, whilst its waterside position lends itself perfectly for sailors, kayakers and paddleboarders.
Tuckenhay is only 20 minutes' drive from the beautiful beach at Blackpool Sands, popular among families, and around half an hour from the famous surfing beach at Bantham. Numerous other natural beaches and sheltered coves dot the nearby coastline, and many breath-taking coastal walks can be enjoyed on the magnificent South West Coast Path. Meanwhile, the wild beauty of Dartmoor lies just 20 minutes' away in the other direction.
Nearby Totnes, with its winding streets, historic town walls and ancient castle offers a wide selection of independent shops, delis, cafés and pubs. Whilst the historic harbour town of Dartmouth provides picturesque shopping and dining, and plenty of opportunities to get on the water.
A holiday cottage in Tuckenhay provides an idyllic peaceful retreat just a stone's throw from vibrant towns and the stunning South Devon coastline.
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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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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What better way to explore the beautiful river Dart than by kayak. Totnes Kayaks gives you the chance to enjoy the peace and quiet of the river, experiencing nature and wildlife close up. All equipment is rigourously safety checked, all gear is provided and no previous experience is necessary. The friendly team also monitor tidal conditions to ensure your safety and offer friendly guidance on where to go and things to spot.
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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 check the website for the latest information.
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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.
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 .
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Enjoyed the pool and the sauna and the jacuzzi - very relaxing
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
Excellent food and great atomasphere.
Looks lovely if pricey Tried to eat here on a Thursday but it was fully booked
A friendly pub in great location, with very good food.
Really lovely meals again here. Very welcoming and accommodating to our two children.
Great food and service in a delightful village by the river. One of our favourite places.
As we were staying in the village, we tried to eat here one evening, but they were fully booked. The bar man was quite abrupt when we asked for a table, which put us off trying again for another evening. We heard from another couple that they had experienced the same thing, hence why we ate at the Watermans Arms each evening, as they were most welcoming.
Food good but service extremely poor. Staff appeared very disorganised. I think the pub is living off its past history re Keith Floyd. Pub also starting to look a little tired and needs some money spending on it.
Relax in the friendly atmosphere of this pub by the cosy log fire in the winter or outside overlooking the river in the warmer months. Enjoy Devon’s finest produce accompanied by good beer and wine. Children will enjoy paddling in the river as well as the play area. Dogs welcome.
The Watermans Arms Bow Bridge, Ashprington, Totnes TQ9 7EG (T: 01803 732214)
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amazing pub. Great location by the river, really nice food and friendly staff. The dogs loved it too and we made to feel very welcome :)
A warm welcome was received at this lovely pub that served great food especially Sunday roast - booking is reccomemnded
Ate here twice Sunday lunch good and food on second visit good too Nice to be able to tie our dogs in
An unpretentious, welcoming pub with fantastic food.
We visited 3 times. Very friendly pub. Good food, if anything to comment, the portions were on the large side for us.
We ate at the Watermans Arms every evening during our stay in Tuckenhay, which was an enjoyable stroll from our cottage. The staff were very welcoming and the menu was quite extensive. We both managed to eat something different each night during our weeks stay and the service was quick. Food was attractively presented and very good; we didn't have one bad experience. We were well looked after by the waitresses and would highly recommend.
Food was good but service very poor. There did not seem to be any organisation amongst the staff and nobody seemed to know which tables had been served and which hadn't. Think it is living off its past history with Keith Floyd, but definitely not to that standard now. Starting to look shabby inside as well.
Sorry, my review submitted a few minutes ago was submitted in error, and related to another pub in the area. We enjoyed the food at the Watermans Arms and the service was good. Lovely spot on the river and would recommend.
Brilliant country pub, good homemade food, great real ales (listed in the good beer guide 2017) Child & dog friendly, gets very busy for Sunday lunches. Closed Mondays
Fantastic food and hosts, thoroughly enjoyed our several visits.
Excellant sunday lunch enjoyed by all eight of us. Warm welcoming with some good beers
Lovely food, and good service. Pub interior very welcoming....a real village pub. Would recommend.
In a fabulous alfresco setting at Sharpham Vineyard overlooking the River Dart, The Vineyard Kitchen draws from the Middle and Far East to create exciting and delicious dishes. Expect superb local fish and shellfish and meat cooked in the wood fired oven or over vine prunings, accompanied by exceptional salads and, of course, Sharpham wines.
The Vineyard Kitchen Sharpham Vineyard (T: 01803 732178)
In between Brixham and Paignton, this long, sandy beach is a popular spot with families, thanks to its sheltered waters, year-round facilities and easy parking. The Blue Flag beach is perfect for making sandcastles and searching for wildlife in the rockpools. There are toilets, and two places to get ice creams, coffees and soft drinks. What’s more, the car park is right by the beach, so there’s no need to lug your provisions a long way. Behind the pretty row of colourful beach huts, there’s a large grassy area, so don’t forget to pack a ball or rounders bat to keep the whole family entertained. Broadsands Beach is a popular dog walking spot throughout autumn and winter, but there is a seasonal dog ban during the summer months (1st May - 30th September).
Far from the bustling crowds of Paignton and Brixham’s bigger beaches, this small pebbly cove is a truly relaxing spot. The calm waters are great for swimming and are said to have been one of Agatha Christie’s favourite bathing spots. Elberry Cove even features in one of her crime thriller novels, The ABC Murders. This picture-perfect cove, surrounded by sloping wooded hillsides and crystal clear water, can only be accessed by the coast path, with the nearest carpark at Broadsands Beach. From here, it is only a 10 - 15 minute walk, but make sure to pack a picnic or grab a bite to eat at Broadsands Beach before you set off, as there aren’t any facilities at here. Dogs are welcome on the beach throughout the year.
If you’re willing to venture off the beaten track, you’ll discover one of Brixham’s hidden gems, Churston Cove. Surrounded by sloping wooded hillsides, this beautiful little cove isn’t the easiest to get to, which makes it an idyllic, peaceful place to while away the day. The crystal clear water is safe for kids to paddle and play in, and is a popular swimming spot. Parking is available at Freshwater carpark, a 15-minute walk away. There are no toilet facilities or cafes, and the beach is accessed via a long, steep path, which is uneven in places, but this beautiful little cove is worth the effort. Churston Cove is dog-friendly all year round.
Take the coast path from Brixham and escape the crowds at Fishcombe Cove, a peaceful shingle cove, protected on all sides by tall red cliffs. Access to this little cove isn’t easy, via a steep path from Freshwater carpark, but it is definitely worth the effort. The clear, blue sea is sheltered and calm, making it a favourite with swimmers and kayakers. Fishcombe Cove is also a popular place for boats and yachts to moor up and make the most of the beautiful water. If you’re lucky, you might even catch a seal popping its head up to say hello. There is a café and toilets here, but both are only open during the summer months. Fishcombe Cove is dog-friendly all year round.
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.
Lovely clean beach in super location along coastal road. Great place to visit.