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Things To Do

What’s on:

South Zeal Folk Festival, August.

RAF Harrow beer 1940’s weekend, August.

Chagford Show, August.

Okehampton Show, August.

Widecombe Fair, second Tuesday in September.

Suggested Days Out

For your enjoyment Stan and Amanda have put together some daily itineraries to make the most of your stay and this diverse area. Alternativelvy let us know your interests and we can tailor make an itinerary to suit you. Copies can be found in the welcome folder.


Day 1. Yelverton, Clearwater and Harrowbeer Airfield

Day 2. Tavistock Vintage Trail

Day 3. Calstock and Cothele

Day 4. Burrator, Meavy and Cadover Bridge.

Day 5. Sherlock Holmes Hound of the Baskerville trail

Day 6. Moorland Villages and Ponies Trail

Day 7. Okehampton Castle and Finch Foundry and Highwayman.

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Apart from the amazing walking routes and cycle paths, here are some other nearby places of interest:

Historic Properties for days out, just a selection from many in the area:


  • Buckland Abbey, Yelverton, home to St Francis Drake.
  • Mount Edgcumbe House and Country Park, an historic house and park with forest trails and scenic coast line.
  • Castle Drogo, a dramatic castle overlooking the Teign Gorge.
  • Cothele, the ancestral Tudor home to the Edgcumbe family, set in the beautiful Tamar Valley, with its own delightful gardens and quay.
  • Antony House, Torpoint, the family home of the Carew Pole family who were caught up in the civil war. The film set of Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland.
  • Saltram, a magnificent Georgian mansion and tranquil garden on the outskirts of Plymouth.
  • Finch Foundry, Sticklepath, the last remining working 19th Century water powered forge in England.
  • Okehampton Castle, the dramatic remains of a medieval motte and bailey castle, once the largest castle in Devon, with its own ghost story.
  • Launceston Castle, a Norman castle set on a large natural mound.
  • The Church House, Widecombe in the Moor, a two-storey granite building dating from c.1537.


Churches – there are so many interesting churches and cemeteries nearby including:


  • Brentor, near Tavistock, an impressive rock outcrop with St Michael’s church at the top. Spectacular views across Devon and Cornwall.
  • Tavistock’s St Eustachio’s with its William Morris stained glass window.
  • Princetown, the church of St Michael, built by prisoners from the Napoleonic and
  • American Wars.
  • Ford Park Cemetery, Plymouth, a fascinating Victorian cemetery.
  • Tavistock Victorian cemetery, used between 1834 and 1882.
Garden on the moors

Gardens – a small selection:

  • The Garden House, Buckland Monachorum, 10 acres of themed gardens.
  • Elizabethan Gardens in Plymouth’s historic Barbican
  • Stone Lane Gardens and Mythic Garden Sculpture Exhibition, a 5-acre woodland and water garden famous for its collections of birch and acer trees.
  • Endsleigh Gardens, Milton Abbot.

Water and Woods: an abundance awaits you

  • Lydford Gorge the deepest gorge in the south west with spectacular 30m waterfall called The White Lady Waterfall.
  • Parke, a small estate near Bovey Tracey with gardens and and orchards.
  • Wistmans Wood, Princetown, Dartmoor. A small enchanted oak wood cloaked by myths and legends.
  • Bellever Forest walk along the East Dart River to Bellever Tor.
  • Burrator Reservoir, a Victorian reservoir with stunning walks amidst woodland and moorland with breath-taking views of the tors.
  • Dartmeet, a famous beauty spot set in a steep wooded valley where the East and West branches of the River Dart meet.
  • Calstock, a quaint Cornish village situated on the banks of the River Tamar from where you can enjoy a river cruise.
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Bridges to cross:

  • Fingle Bridge an ancient bridge which crosses the River Teign in a tranquil spot within unspoilt woodland.
  • Shaugh Bridge, ancient oak trees and mossy rocks with walks along the river Plym.
  • Cadover Bridge, set within peaceful moorland.
  • Clapper Bridge, Postbridge, a 13th century bridge with an 18th century bridge next to it.
  • Two Bridges, crossing the West Dart River in the heart of Dartmoor.


The coast is within easy reach. There are several beaches in the Plymouth area but definitely worth a visit is Kingsand / Cawsand and Bovisand.

The North Cornish Coastal resort of Bude is just under an hour’s drive and offers unrivalled surfing.


For Railway Enthusiasts:

  • Dartmoor Railway, steam trains at Okehampton station.
  • Tamar Valley Line, a journey from Gunnislake in the Tamar Valley to Plymouth which crosses the impressive Calstock Viaduct, 120 feet above the river Tamar.
  • South Devon Railway, Buckfastleigh, a seven-mile steam railway running between Buckfastleigh and Totnes.
  • Launceston Steam Railway, an enchanting narrow gauge railway offering rides on a restored Victorian locomotive through unspoilt Cornish countryside.


For Classic Car Enthusiasts:

There are several events in the area, including Tavistock Steam Fayre and Classic Cars at Morwelham in June.


  • Princetown Prison Museum Dartmoor
  • Morwellham Quay, a historical river port near Tavistock, part of a World Heritage Site, featuring a Victorian village, copper mine, railway, ship and farm.
  • The National Marine Aquarium, Plymouth, the largest in the UK.
  • Segway at Mount Edgcumbe, Plymouth.
  • The Eden Project, St Austell.
  • The Devon Guild of Craftsmen, Bovey Tracey, a riverside mill housing one of the South West’s biggest craft centres.
  • The Dartmoor Pony Heritage Trust, Bovey Tracey. A charity which provides information and education about the role of the traditional type of native Dartmoor pony.
  • Moretonhampstead Motor Museum. A collection of over 100 vintage vehicles.
  • War Horse Valley, Iddesleigh., mid Devon. See the birth place of Michael Morpurgo’s War Horse, then closer to home visit Burrator to see the location where part of the film was set.
  • Dingles Fairground Heritage Centre, Lifton. A unique collection of working vintage fairground rides, engineering, displays and paraphernalia.
  • Sherlock Holmes Trial over Dartmoor to relive the Hound of the Baskervilles, and the setting of Silver Blaze.

Activities for your enjoyment:

  • Golf at the nearby courses at Yelverton or Tavistock.
  • Tennis and swimming at Tavistock.
  • Horse riding, pony trekking or for the more experienced rider, two hours to full day trails with Adventure Clydesdale over the moors.
  • Guided walks.
  • Coasteering and Gorge Scrambling with
  • Tree Surfing in the Tamar Valley.
  • Mountain Biking and cycling.
  • Dancing – Ballroom and Sequence, Folk dancing, Rock and Roll and Jive.
  • Vintage / Antiques fairs and auctions.
  • Fishing.
  • Tamar River cruises.
  • Soap Making Workshops with Dartmoor Soaps.


  • Tavistock Pannier market for antiques and vintage goodies
  • Plymouth for designer shops and high street retailers
  • Totnes (rumoured to be twinned with Narnia) for quirky purchases

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Dartmoor View
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Garden on the moors
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Dartmoor View
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Garden on the moors
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Dartmoor View
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Garden on the moors
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