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May we suggest the following places to visit; we give the approximate mileage from the site.

  • 100mtrs Forest Fungi - Farm Shop and Cafe - excellent breakfasts and more!
  • ½Coastal Path - For walking from Poole to Minehead around the coast!
  • ½Hire a bike and cycle to Exeter or Exmouth from Exe Trail Cycle Hire
  • ½Dawlish Discovery Walk - Great circular walk - about 6 miles. 
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  • 1 Exe Estuary - For walking, boating, fishing and bird watching.
  • Dawlish - picturesque town with sandy beaches, attractive gardens, trout stream and the famous black swans.
  • Cockwood - pretty harbour and two good inns. (Link is the village hall)
  • 3 Starcross - play golf at Oak Meadow, then take the ferry to Exmouth.
  • 5 Powderham - a real 14th century English Castle.
  • 6 Teignmouth - a busy resort & port with sea and river beaches. For golfers there is a great golf course too! SeaSports SW offering RYA Watersports tuition and equipment hire for a huge range of watersports including sailing, windsurfing, kayaking and canoeing, paddle boarding, power boating and personal watercraft (jetskis).
  • 7 Shaldon - quaint riverside village with a par three golf course. Go on Wednesday for their "1785 Day". Take the ferry from Teignmouth! The Wildlife Trust (a small zoo) is popular too.
  • 7 Bishopsteignton - a village with a vineyard!  Enjoy the countryside with a glass of Old Walls Vineyard's best tipple and a cream tea.
  • 8 Haldon Forest Park - Great cyle trails and Butterfly Walk, "Go Ape" adventure park. Bird of Prey observation Point
  • 9 Babbacombe - who doesn't visit the Model Village?
  • 9 Exminster - All new golf driving range and 9 hole pay and play course - looks brilliant!
  • 10 Torquay - Penguins and seals "Right on the beach" at Living Coasts
  • 11 Newton Abbot - old market town with Wednesday cattle market. National Hunt racecourse with a dozen summer meetings.
  • 11 Rackerhayes - popular coarse fishing ponds
  • 11 Torbay - the English Riviera resorts of Torquay, Paignton and Brixham.
  • 12 Plant World - Devon's "little outdoor Eden" - fantastic views!
  • 13 Exeter - cathedral city with maritime museum and Princesshay shopping centre plus fabulous `Riverside' indoor pool.
  • 13 Paignton - the famous Zoo and steam railway to Kingswear & Dartmouth.
  • 14 Crealy - the great adventure park. Marvellous for your little 'uns. Highly recommended.
  • 15 Rock Gardens at Chudleigh - about 8 acres of wild gardens, ponds, a Rock Walk and more..
  • 14 Trago Mills - out-of-town shopping centre with miniature railway, coarse fishing, children's entertainment's, etc. - quite unique
  • 14 Devon Wildlife Centre - home of the Hedgehog Hospital and.. feed the chipmunks and lambs (seasonal)...
  • 15 Canonteign Falls - England’s highest waterfall, descending a staggering 220 ft, it is breathtaking.
  • 20 Dartmoor - National Park. Over 365 square miles of of beautiful moorlands to be explored. Bring your wellies and a compass.
  • 20 Totnes - ancient riverside town. Have a good look around before going onto the Woodlands Adventure Park. Great for kids, wet or dry.  Highly recommended.
  • 20 Buckfastleigh - visit Buckfast Abbey, the Butterfly Farm and then take a trip on the Dart Valley Steam Railway. The Pennywell farm centre is a great day out for the whole family.
  • 24 Moretonhampstead - The Miniature Pony Centre - everybody's favourite day out to the edge of the moor.
  • 32 Dartmouth - world-famous yachtsman's haven. A must for boat watchers. Try the river trip - it's fabulous!
  • 41 Plymouth - The Hoe, the Barbican, the Navy, and make sure you visit the National Marine Aquarium.

....We could go on and on for ever. Surely this is the best area in England for the variety of activities and places to enjoy - masses of free up-to-date literature and information available, with a smile from reception.

"What's on and where to go" - Brilliant website about Devon tourist attractions.

For our local news and info check out Torbay's local paper and also the Exeter local paper


7 Dawlish Walks

Compiled by Dawlish Town Council and the Teignmouth and Dawlish Ramblers Association, these 7 walks vary in length but all show the area off very well! 
Booklet HERE




FREE “Attractions”

Ok, so you have come to the seaside and enjoyed the beach and are now looking for something to do on “your day away from the sand”, something that the whole family will enjoy – at little or NO cost!

Here are just a few places to go where it won’t cost you a penny in parking or entrance fees!

In no particular order I’ll start with:

The Donkey Sanctuary
On a farm near Sidmouth (about an hour’s drive), it was founded in 1969 by Dr. Elizabeth Svendsen MBE, over 8,500 donkeys have come into their care. No donkey is ever refused admission. Having visited the Sanctuary a couple of years ago I can whole heartedly recommend a visit, that part of Devon is very pretty so make it a day out! Dogs welcome on a lead.

Trago Mills
Closer to home “There’s nowhere like… Trago Mills Family Shopping and Leisure Parks”. Again no entrance/parking charges with lots of bargains and things to do (which of course may have a charge!). Located between Newton Abbot and Bovey Tracey (a “gateway” to Dartmoor) it will take around half an hour to reach in the car.

House of Marbles
Is a stones throw away from the Teapottery and boasts the Biggest Range of Marbles in the World! And is home to “Snooki” the Biggest Marble Run in Britain! You can watch glass being blown (weekdays) and visit the 3 inhouse Museums.

All the attractions have, of course, tea rooms for lunches, snacks, etc. Indeed House of marbles boasts (again!) “The Biggest Cream tea in Devon”….

Buckfast Abbey
This famous Abbey was founded nearly 1000 years ago, and is located at Buckfastleigh just off the A38 Expressway between Exeter and Plymouth, about 40 minutes from Leadstone. There are gardens to enjoy and various shops/exhibitions where you can discover more about the monks and their way of life. The monks are famous for a number of things including tonic wine, honey and fudge etc. Oh, I almost forgot… you are welcome to attend one of the many Church services too!

Enjoy!

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