Washbourne

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The unspoilt rural hamlet of Washbourne offers a peaceful retreat in one of the most naturally beautiful corners of South Devon.

About Washbourne

The ancient rural hamlet of Washbourne, nestled in the heart of the South Hams close to the village of Harbertonford, offers a quiet escape from the stresses of modern day life. 

The hamlet is formed around the small valley of the river Wash, a tributary of the River Dart, and is situated in an idyllic setting of unspoilt tree-lined banks, secret creeks and rolling countryside. There are many picturesque walks to enjoy within the vicinity.

Every day needs can be met in Harbertonford, which has two handy village stores, and the hamlet is also within 20 minutes' drive from the vibrant market town of Totnes, with its winding streets, ancient castle and bohemian culture, and the historic harbour town of Dartmouth with a fantastic selection of shops, galleries, cafés and restaurants.

The nearest stretch of coast can be accessed at the blue flag beach, Blackpool Sands, popular with families for its stunning scenery and superb beach-side restaurant, the Venus Café. From here you can also join the magnificent South West Coast Path to enjoy breathtaking cliff top walks.

A holiday cottage in Washbourne offers a peaceful retreat in one of the most naturally beautiful corners of Devon.

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Canoe Adventures

Canoe Adventures
(2 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. 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!

http://www.canoeadventures.co.uk/

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Woodlands Family Theme Park

Woodlands Family Theme Park
(2 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



Dartmouth Golf Club

Dartmouth Golf Club
(3 miles)

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 to complete your holiday in South Devon.

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Enjoyed the pool and the sauna and the jacuzzi - very relaxing

April 2017



Sharpham Vineyard and Cheese Dairy

Sharpham Vineyard and Cheese Dairy
(4 miles)

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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Dittisham Boats
(5 miles)

If you like messing about in boats Dittisham Boats have lots to choose from.  Operating from the pontoon by the Ferry Boat Inn in Dittisham they offer a range of easy to operate motor boats and sailing boats as well as kayaks and paddleboards.  Whether you venture upriver to Totnes or downriver to Dartmouth, this is a particularly beautiful stretch of the River Dart and a day out on the water will be a highlight of your holiday. 

www.dittishamboats.co.uk

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The Maltsters Arms, Harbertonford
(2 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



The Maltsters Arms
(2 miles)

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

December 2016


Excellent food and great atomasphere.

May 2017


Looks lovely if pricey Tried to eat here on a Thursday but it was fully booked

August 2017



The Watermans Arms
(2 miles)

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 :)

December 2016


A warm welcome was received at this lovely pub that served great food especially Sunday roast - booking is reccomemnded

May 2017


Ate here twice Sunday lunch good and food on second visit good too Nice to be able to tie our dogs in

August 2017



The Old Inn
(2 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



Nkuku Café
(2 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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Blackpool Sands

Blackpool Sands
(7 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



Slapton Sands

Slapton Sands
(8 miles)

A long stretch of beach with spectacular views of the sea stretching into the distance, Slapton Sands is in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and for good reason. Adjacent to Slapton Ley, a freshwater lake that’s home to an abundance of wildlife and one of the many reasons people come to visit the area, the beach has a history of welcoming families in the summer for long days in the sunshine, building sandcastles, surfing, windsurfing and kayaking. It’s amazing to believe that this peaceful corner of South Devon has its place in military history as in 1943 the beach was taken over by allied forces to use as a rehearsal area for the D-Day landings. However, live ammunition and poor visibility ended in the deaths of more than 700 servicemen, so today there is a stone monument in place for Operation Tiger, as it was called, as well as a Sherman Tank at nearby Torcross. On a more current note, there is a beachside café at Slapton Sands for teas, coffees and other light bites, and there are also toilets nearby. The beach has disabled access, and also allows dogs throughout the year, so it really is fun for everyone and very easy to get to. There is parking nearby and in the summer months from May to September there is lifeguard cover. Last, but not least, a small collection of pubs reside in Torcross for those who are feeling peckish after a long day in the fresh air, or if you have been for a nice walk along the sand!

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Great place for a walk along the beach and had some great events for children at Easter. Great fish and chips in the pub at the end on Torcross

April 2017


Clapton Sands is beautiful. The rocks are the most beautiful colours, wild flowers abound on the beach, the views in either direction are stunning and it is rarely over crowded.One of the most wonderful areas in the U.K.

May 2017


Beautiful stretch of shingle beach - dogs allowed all year. Not many facilities - we went to the Strete end of the beach as there is a great little coffee hut there - great coffee and friendly staff.

September 2017



Beesands

Beesands
(9 miles)

Close to Kingsbridge and a favourite amongst residents and holiday makers in the South West, Beesands is a wonderful mile-long shingle beach surrounded by fields and a freshwater lake. You get a real flavour of the West Country here with fresh crab sandwiches for sale nearby and lots of Devon holiday cottages within walking distance to make it really convenient. The beach has won awards from the Marine Conservation Society as well as having The Blue Flag marker to attest to its excellence and high standards, so families and swimmers can be reassured. The beach is popular for surfing and body boarding amongst other water sports including fishing, so tackle is on sale close by. You can pick up light bites at nearby cafes as and when you’re ready, making it easy to spend the whole day running around on the sand and enjoying your seaside holiday to the max. Beesands is very much a beach for everyone thanks to its convenient location, easy and free road parking along most of the beach, level access, and the toilets, cafes and pubs close by. Dogs are also welcome on the beach throughout the year so the whole family can enjoy it!

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Britannia Fish - Great fish - always fresh and lovely family run business. A must for anyone who likes eating good fish!

May 2017


Ideal for quiet and peaceful holiday with two good restaurants both of which are dog friendly.

April 2017



North Hallsands

North Hallsands
(11 miles)

A quiet beach of fine shingle with a reed bed providing the backdrop, North Hallsands is a picturesque place to visit for anyone staying in one of our holiday cottages in Devon. The beach is divided into north and south, and it’s about nine miles from Kingsbridge facing towards Start Bay. There is level access to the sand from North Hallsands car park, although it is small so keep that in mind in busier months, although there’s also another small car park five minutes away for South Hallsands. You might want to note that there aren’t any facilities or toilets close to the beach, which does mean that it’s fantastically peaceful and an experience that’s all about the natural environment, which ultimately is what we all love about a Devon break! For those bringing their four legged friends with them, the beach is completely dog friendly, welcoming them all year round, so just don’t get carried away with all that fun in the sand and get cut off by the tide in all the excitement. The sand stretches a fair distance at low tide and we wouldn’t want you to get wet!

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Gorgeous beach, but be careful if you have a dog that likes to run as our Border Collie got very sore paws on the pebbles.

May 2017



Sunny Cove

Sunny Cove
(11 miles)

Accessed either by boat, via a 10-minute walk through the woods from parking at Mill Bay, or a stroll from the Salcombe to East Portlemouth Ferry, Sunny Cove is a sandy beach which, as you might expect, catches the sun throughout the day, weather pending. It’s on the East Portlemouth side of the Salcombe Estuary opposite North Sands beach and Fort Charles, the ruined fortification that was originally constructed during the reign of Henry VIII to defend the Kingsbridge Estuary against French and Spanish Pirates. It’s a relatively gentle spot for swimming and ideal for picnics, lazy summer afternoons, and reaching on kayaks and paddle boards from other nearby beaches as well as being the perfect spot for building sandcastles. That said, the tide can come in quite quickly so make sure you don’t get caught out and be careful of the swell when bringing boats into the beach. Head there for the day in the summer or as a stop off en route to the café at Gara Rock or a longer walk along the coast path towards Prawle Point. Dogs are welcome all year round but keep in mind that there aren’t any facilities in the immediate vicinity (it would be a 10-15-minute walk along wooded footpaths) so take your sandwiches with you!

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