Top ten things to do in Devon and Cornwall
We are spoilt for choice with places to visit in this part of Devon and Cornwall. But these are our ten favourite places to explore in this beautiful corner of the world.
- Dartmoor National Park is literally on our doorstep. Perfect for hiking, picnics, wild swimming, dog walking, letter-boxing, horse riding, cycling and not to mention wonderful pubs to quench your thirst and satisfy your appetite.
- Visit the North Cornwall coast, perfect for a bracing walk on the sand or on the coast path, for surfing, body boarding or simply rock pooling. Our favourite beaches are Sandymouth, Widemouth and Crackington Haven, only around 35 min by car, for a special treat, visit Trebarwith Strand in the evening to witness a most stunning sunset.
- A walk through the wooded valley at Lydford Gorge is a must, these ancient woodlands with spectacular waterfalls and cascading river waters plunging through the Devils cauldron are a sight and sound not to be missed.
- The Tamar Valley area of outstanding natural beauty divides Devon and Cornwall. It is perfect for canoeing, visiting national trust properties with their stunning walks and historic buildings, or for fishing, try to catch your own sea trout or salmon with various fishing opportunities depending on your experience.
- Cycling trails. There are numerous off road cycling routes, many taking old railway lines as their route, the Granite way at Okehampton, the Drakes way at Tavistock, Tamar valley trails at Gunnislake or slightly further afield the camel trail along the Camel estuary, for a longer trek try cycling route 27 which runs from North Devon to South Devon. For more extreme cyclists try the trails in Cardinham woods and Lanydrock and of course Dartmoor.
- Horse riding. You are welcome to bring your own horse to the farm and we can direct you to some of our favourite rides, including local hacks on open moorland and safe beaches. Alternatively, there are lovely ponies to ride at MaryTavy and award winning Liberty trails will take you right into the heart of Dartmoor too.
- West Devon is a very foodie destination, there are numerous award winning places to eat, from cafes to michelin star restaurants, there is something to appeal to everyone, there are farmers markets in local towns, farm shops where you can pick up provisions for lovely picnics, not forgetting to get a local pasty ! and great pubs nestled in beautiful local villages. If it is a cream tea you crave, then our favourite place is at hotel Endsleigh – 5 min from us, where you can sip tea from fine china on the lawns of this beautiful hotel overlooking the picturesque Tamar valley.
- The Eden project is just 40 min by car. Explore the wonderful temperate and rainforest domes with their extraordinary vegetation and wildlife. In the summer, there are open air concerts at ‘eden sessions’ so why not combine a day at this extraordinary location with some evening entertainment.
- Brentor Church is nestled on top of one of Dartmoor’s tors, it is one of the most iconic destinations on Dartmoor and visible from our farm, from the top you can look back to see the yurts, and far into the distance with a 360 degree panorama, stunning at sunrise and sunset. The tiny church has services on a Sunday.
- Our local market town of Tavistock is an ancient Stannary town and a world heritage site. Its granite buildings are quite magnificent and behind the town hall you will find an indoor market hall filled with local traders – here, you can find anything from vintage to organic, from bric a brac to art, all at very reasonable prices. Tavistock also has numerous coffee shops and bars. The river Tavy divides the town in two, a walk along its banks through the park is very special.