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.
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!
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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.
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Enjoyed the pool and the sauna and the jacuzzi - very relaxing
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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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.
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
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)
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)
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
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
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.
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Britannia Fish - Great fish - always fresh and lovely family run business. A must for anyone who likes eating good fish!
Ideal for quiet and peaceful holiday with two good restaurants both of which are dog friendly.
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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.
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!