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 Places to Visit

The Tarka Trail - Devon County Council guide to North and South Loops.

The Tarka Trail Guide - Your complete guide to over 48km of level, car-free former railway line in beautiful North Devon.

Ten Acres Vineyard Winkleigh- Ten Acres Vineyard has over 2,500 vines on the south-facing slope of Winkleigh's wartime airfield. The vineyard is well-signed with information provided. This means visitors can enjoy a self-guided tour and guided tours of the vineyard and winery with a tasting are also offered.

Eastcott Vineyard Northlew - Eastcott is a small family-run, single 6 acre vineyard and winery in West Devon, making internationally recognised still and sparkling English wines. A choice of guided tour experiences is offered so that you can hear first-hand about what how the wine is made. Individuals and groups are welcomed. Private tours and Tutored Tasting sessions can also be arranged.

Dartington Crystal Torrington - Handcrafting a range of English crystal products in their factory in Devon since 1967 - the only major crystal factory in the UK. Combining function and award-winning design to create beautiful products that work for your home.

RHS Garden Rosemoor Torrington - Rosemoor has won Gold at the 2015 Visit Devon awards! Uncover RHS Garden Rosemoor. Nestled within encircling woodlands, it's a garden whose varied character reflects the history of the site.

Arlington Court and the National Carriage Museum near Barnstaple  - An Intriguing Regency house and impressive horse-drawn vehicles set in picturesque gardens owned by The National Trust.

Devon Wildlife Trust Halsdon Woods, Dolton - Wonderful riverside meadows and woodland walks. One of Devon's best places to spot otters.

Devon Wildlife Trust Meeth Quarry near Hatherleigh - Meeth Quarry is unlike any other Devon Wildlife Trust nature reserve. Its industrial past has dramatically shaped its present. For nearly 100 years it was a series of busy clay quarries and mines. The legacy of this industry has created a very diverse landscape. Today, two enormous lakes and massive piles of clay spoil dominate its features. Elsewhere there are ponds, woodlands, bogs and grasslands.

Lydford Gorge, near Okehampton - The deepest gorge in the South West, with spectacular 30m waterfall owned by The National Trust.

Drogo Castle near Chagford - Explore 'the last castle to be built in England' as the project to save it from certain ruin continues, owned by The National Trust.

War Horse Valley Country Farm Park Iddesleigh - Visit the place that inspired Michael Morpurgo to write War Horse.

Dolton and Dowland Walks  “Take the paths less trod”.

Quince Honey Farm, South Molton. Quince honey farm's main attraction is Beeworld a uniquely designed indoor apiary with interactive buttons to open the hives magnifying the bees even closer. Nowhere else in the world can you get such an intimate view of the inner workings of the honey bee society without needing protective equipment.

Forest Crafts Garden Sculpture - Unique wooden sculptures from the trees grown in local woodlands. Wooden Mushrooms are a speciality. Browse sculptures, carvings, wooden bugs, wooden mushrooms and wooden signs and purchase online using secure payment pages (or much better visit, it's just down the road). Also offered is an original range of children’s wooden activity sculptures, which are suitable for a school or nursery playground, as well as magical story telling chairs.

 

Outdoor Activities

Mullacott Quads in north Devon - Whether you are an experienced off roader or a first timer, Mullacott Quads in North Devon is the place for you. With the helpful assistance of our very experienced instructors, you will be amazed by the level of riding you will achieve in just one session.

Dragon Archery - Set in the heart of the Devon countryside overlooking Dartmoor. It is a perfect place to spend a morning or an afternoon learning the ancient skill of archery under expert supervision and tuition.

 

 Bike Hire

Torrington Cycle Hire, Torrington - on the Tarka Trail

Devon Cycle Hire, Okehampton - on the Granite Way 

Adventure Okehampton - on the Granite Way

 

Guided Walks

Dartmoor's Daughter Guided Walks and Activities on Dartmoor provided by Emma Cunis.

Exmoor Walks - Richard Medland provides guided walks in Exmoor and North Devon, including parts of the South West Coast Path, for groups, organisations and individuals.

Dartmoor Walks and Rides This Way - Explore the lovely Dartmoor National Park on foot or on a top-quality electric bike, or both.  We offer guided tours, designed to suit you, that start from a variety of locations on Dartmoor and last a full or half day.

Dartmoor Pack Ponies - For centuries the ponies were used as pack animals to carry tin from the famous Dartmoor mines and peat from the high moor. Dartmoor Pack Ponies is run by a true Dartmoor family with a real passion for the moor. Come and join us to share our family’s heritage.

 

Fishing

Shore Fishing Trips with Joel "Bassman" Soul based at Woolacombe. Fully Insured Bass Guide, fishing the fantastic North Devon Coastline, guiding from March through to January, which is limited to two people.

Clovelly Independent Charters - Independent Charters sails from Clovelly Harbour, North Devons' historic fishing village, to take you on the voyage of your choice - offering sea angling trips, sea fly fishing, boat charter fishing, reef & wreck fishing and Marine Wildlife & Lundy Island trips.

Ilfracombe Osprey Charters - Trips operate along the Bristol Channel coastline, including Lundy Island. Deep sea trips can last anything from 4 - 12 hours, depending on requirements. Mackerel fishing trips usually last about 1 1/2 hours. 

South West Lakes Trout Fishing - Our still water fisheries are among the best in the West and vary in size from around 50 to over 900 acres! Our fisheries are include picturesque lakes with secluded bays and stretches to explore. We boast Rainbows, Browns and a large number of Blues of the highest quality. 

South West Lakes Coarse Fishing - At SW Lakes Fishing we offer more than just great angling, our unique fisheries are matched with a recognised reputation for great fish quality. Enjoy the tranquility that our waters provide with established tree-lined banks, lily pads and weed beds with natural woodlands surrounding the lakes. Our coarse fisheries offer a peaceful setting within picturesque and wildlife-rich surroundings.

 

Great Places to Eat Out Locally

The Duke of York, Iddesleigh (1.6 miles) - Dating from the 15th Century and built of cob & stone with a long thatch roof it stands out amongst the cottages of Iddesleigh between Dartmoor and Exmoor. This famous pub gives you a warm welcome with roaring log fires and very friendly staff and there is a lovely beer garden when the sun is shining.

The Rams Head Inn, Dolton (1.5 miles) - a family run 17th century country inn in the heart of North Devon. If you are looking for the best food in North Devon then that is what we plan to serve to you.

The Royal Oak, Dolton (1.5 miles) - The Royal Oak is situated centrally in the stunningly pretty, village of Dolton, offrering a friendly service, thoughtful home-cooked food, enviable clear, crisp and tasty real ales.

The Tally Ho!, Hatherleigh (5.2 miles) - Set in the heart of the town the Tally Ho! Hatherleigh is the ideal place to enjoy a meal, a drink and a great night with friends and family.

The New Inn, Sampford Courtenay (8.7 miles) - set in the beautiful village of Sampford Courtenay near Okehampton and run by Master Chef Malcolm Whybrow, wife Karen and Mathew Buscombe Michelin trained chef. The New Inn restaurant & bar is everything you would expect from an old country inn, with its log fires in the Winter, local ales, a relaxed ambiance full of style, comfort and charm with its smart refurbished interior and candlelit tables.

The Red Lion, Exbourne (6.5 miles) - North Devon CAMRA Pub Of The Year 2014 & 2015, Homemade Food Served Daily From Midday to 9.30pm.

The Half Moon Inn, Sheeepwash (8.7 miles) - The Half Moon is one of the few original fishing inns remaining in Devon. Why not pay us a visit and see for yourself a truly unspoilt village Inn and community.

The Bull and Dragon, Meeth (4.3 miles) - a beautiful 15th century thatched pub in the rural village of Meeth just outside Hatherleigh.  At the end of the popular Tarka Trail cycle route and perfect for Meeth Quarry nature reserve.

Lymington Arms, Wembworthy (7.4 miles) - the ideal location for a glass of wine, a pint of traditional real ale, a tasty bar snack, lunch or an enjoyable evening meal in our delightful restaurant.

 

Fine Dining 

Lewtrenchard Manor, Lewdown (22 miles) - Lewtrenchard Manor is one of the most popular and most prestigious family run hotels in Devon,dating back to the early 1600s.

The Masons Arms, Knowstone  (29.3 miles) - picturesque, thatched 13th Century Inn and Michelin Restaurant situated in the village of Knowstone on the edge of Exmoor.

Gidleigh Park, Chagford (20.8 miles) - The quintessential country house is nestled in a wooded valley within the natural beauty of the wilds of Dartmoor. The journey to Gidleigh is often made by those seeking to enjoy one of the finest dining experiences in the UK.

 

Wedding Venues

The Great Barn at Ashridge Court Farm (10.7 miles) - We believe that your wedding day should be meaningful and enjoyable, not stressed, rushed or shared.  Unlike some venues, the Great Barn at Ashridge only hosts a few exclusive weddings a year and the place is completely yours for a full three day period.  We give you a full day to prepare and then another full day to pack up so that the entirety of your special day is devoted to making your wedding dreams a reality.

 

 Nearby Courses

The Sculpture School North Tawton (7.1 miles) - The Sculpture School is recognised as Britain’s premier centre for mastering the very best figurative sculpture know-how and techniques. Whatever your ability, we have a course that will suit your ability and take you to the next level.

Smallholder Training at South Yeo Farm West (9.9 miles) - You've been thinking about it for years and discussing it forever, but what you really want is a better understanding of what's involved so you can decide once and for all if smallholding and increasing self-sufficiency is genuinely the life for you.  You know that successful smallholding requires new skills and knowledge and inevitably have huge numbers of questions about it all. What could really make a difference is coming on a training day or two that gives you a real flavour of the life and an understanding of what's involved day to day. 

Forest Crafts Woodland Courses (5.5.miles) - Our range of courses are designed to cater for the needs of the complete novice through to those with some experience, the emphasis being very much on having a go and enjoying yourself with like-minded people. Practical skills courses are restricted to six people so that everyone gets plenty of individual help.

Smallholder Training Courses at South Yeo Farm East (9.9 miles) - South Yeo Farm East have developed a number of affordable practical one- day training courses for smallholders covering a range of smallholding related topics from keeping your first birds or livestock to managing the land.

The Dartmoor Soap School at Kigbeare Studios near Okehampton - (13.5 miles) Learn how to make natural, cold-process soap using locally sourced ingredients.

Jewellery Courses with Corrinne Eira Evans Contemporary Jewellery at Kigbeare Studios near Okehampton (13.5 miles) - Come and try your hand at jewellery making in a beautiful setting of Kigbeare on the edge of Dartmoor. Each course uses all the basic techniques of jewellery making from forming, soldering, filing and polishing. After the day course you'll come away with a uniquely designed piece of silver jewellery.

Painting Classes Art Walks with Sophie Berger on Dartmoor near Belstone (13.5 miles) - Art walks will involve a sketching and watercolour class on the moors around the Belstone area. Home made cream tea break included. All levels welcome, materials included. Contact info@sophieberger.co.uk for more information and to book a place.

Kigbeare Studios and Gallery near Okehampton (13.5 miles) - Kigbeare Studios & Gallery is set in its own beautiful woodlands 3 miles from the town of Okehampton on the edge of Dartmoor. When the Domesday Book included Kigbeare, the idea of craft studios and a gallery was many centuries away. The farmhouse, cottages and outbuildings have been restored to provide a complex of 10 studio workshops and a beautiful gallery set around a landscaped courtyard and have won numerous architectural awards. Various courses are held at Kigbeare on a regular basis.

 

Sites of Interest

iFootpath - Welcome to iFootpath, a website and App to inspire people to get out and enjoy beautiful walks across the UK. From town trails to riverside strolls and countryside rambles, we are building a library of walking guides for everyone to enjoy – be it alone, with your dog or with family and friends.

 

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