The western parts of our
country are richer in legend than any other part. Perhaps this
is because of the Celtic love of poetry and symbolism inherent
in the blood of the people of the West; perhaps because of
inspiration drawn from the wild hills and bleak moors of the
lands in which they live; perhaps because life is, and always
was, quieter there, and people have more time to remember the
tales of other days than in busier, more prosaic, districts
Buckfastleigh and Ashburton are situated approximately halfway
between Exeter & Plymouth with Torbay 12 miles to the east, we
are on the border of Teignbridge and South Hams. We have a range
of attractions such as Butterflies, Otters, River Dart,
Dartmoor, Steam Trains, Buckfast Abbey and Good Food. We also
have the bones in our Holy Trinity Churchyard of the Cabell
family reputed to be from Arthur Conan Doyle's "Hound of the
Baskervilles" one of the stories of Sherlock Holmes. South
Dartmoor is full of mystery and suspicion
The walking on Dartmoor is excellent with different tastes and
experiences catered for. For the less demanding walker there are
car parks from which brief, pleasant excursions can be made. For
the more hardened explorer many miles over hard ground can be
tramped in challenging conditions. On a sunny summer's day, the
going can be easy with superb views to be had. In winter, the
moor is often unforgiving and harsh and just a little bit
dangerous. Map and compass skills are important as weather
conditions can quickly change and thick mists may envelop the
isolated walker. Getting back safely can then become a very real
Drive the short distances involved to attempt the many charted
walks that are set out in books such as Walk Dartmoor by Kate &
Alan Hobbs or web sites such as: Dartmoor walks & Tour by Tor.
A short walk takes you to Buckfast Abbey, a living Benedictine
Monastery, on the banks of the River Dart, with a magnificent
Abbey Church, tranquil gardens and three unusual shops with
produce from Buckfast and other European Abbeys. They are famous
for honey and also for Buckfast Tonic Wine. Open daily, free
Drewsteignton, Near Exeter.
Built between 1910 and 1930, this was commissioned by tea baron
Julius Drewe and is reputedly one of the most remarkable works
of Sir Edwin Lutyens. It combines the grandeur of a medieval
castle with 20th century comforts. Standing at more than 900
feet overlooking the wooded gorge of the river Teign, it has
stunning views over Dartmoor and delightful walks. Adjacent to
the chapel is a display relating to the planning and building of
this, the last Castle to be built in England. There are
preliminary designs and interesting correspondence between owner
Tel : (01647) 433306
The ancient town and deepwater port of Dartmouth is set in a
picture book location, on the picturesque River Dart, with steep
wooded hillsides on either side.
Dartmouth's main Embankment runs along the length of the town,
this provides visitors with a pleasant and relaxing promenade to
stroll down - admiring the sights of the busy estuary or to
select from the many boat trips that depart from the waters
edge. A regular winner of the Britain in Bloom competition it
boasts many unusual and exotic blooms in its gardens.
Two impressive Castles have maintained a guard at the mouth of
the River Dart for centuries, Dartmouth Castle and Kingswear
Castle on the opposite bank of the river.
This is the historic family home of the Earl of Devon, and is
signposted off the A379 at Kenton. The Castle and grounds are
open every day except Saturday from April until end of October
but ring to check as times can vary and occasionally they have
private events on.
Tel : (01626) 890243
St Austell, Cornwall
The Eden Project is now one of the top ten visitor attractions
in the country. It has the largest greenhouses or "geodesic
structures" in the world and is set in a 35-acre crater
overlooking St Austell Bay. It is a gigantic global garden
housing a fascinating array of plants from all over the world.
Three of the world’s climatic zones have been chosen – the Humid
Tropics Biome contains plants from the rainforest and Oceania
whilst the warm Temperate Biome contains plants from the
Mediterranean, South Africa and California.
Tel : (01726) 222900
Exeter is a lovely old city, certainly worth a visit. It has
been a Cathedral town since 1050, and the present Cathedral,
built in the 14th century, is one of the greatest Medieval
cathedrals in England. It is the only cathedral in England to
have twin Norman towers and has the longest unbroken vaulted
roof of any in the country. The buildings around this area are
beautiful - extremely old.
Exeter is good for shopping with a large range of shops.
The waterfront city that shaped the lives of Drake, the Pilgrim
Fathers, Darwin, Cook and many more who set sail from her
harbour. You can visit spectacular Plymouth Hoe, where Drake
played his famous game of bowls. It is a naval city and you can
take boat trips to view the Naval Dockyards complete with
frigates and submarines.
There is the Barbican – Plymouth’s medieval heart of the city,
with narrow streets that hold an array of individual and unique
shops as well as many galleries. The city centre is modern and
pedestrianised with a large range of shops.
Approximately 24 miles away straight down the A38 towards
Approximately 12 miles
This busy seaside resort is centre point of "The English Riviera
" and can provide most of the activities sought in a lively
holiday, such as waterskiing, parascending, windsurfing, diving,
sailing, fishing trips and excursions. There are many shops,
pubs, restaurants, theatres and cinemas
Blackpool Sands. Signposted from Dartmouth. Approx 30-35
Bantham – Kingsbridge area. Approx 30-35 minutes.
Bigbury – Kingsbridge area. Approx 30 minutes.
Slapton Sands. Approx 30-35 minutes.
Shaldon – (called The Ness) Approx 25 minutes. and many others