Things to do

There are countless activities and facilities available for visitors to Devon to enjoy. A folder (on the piano) includes many brochures. Here are just a few personal recommendations:

For Teenagers

Various facilities including tennis courts and an outdoor pool in Bovey Tracey.

The outdoor pool in Chagford is recommended.

Large pitch 'n' putt, and golf course on road to Moretonhampstead from Bovey Tracey.

Woodlands near Dartmouth is a family theme park with numerous facilities and attractions for all ages. (Warning: this website is annoyingly noisy!)

Hound Tor - the rocks clearly seen from the garden - is great for climbing in the daytime and by moonlight to see shooting stars. (It is also a good place for a strong mobile signal!)

Ashcombe Adventure Centre near Dawlish is good for numerous activities quad bikes, paintball etc.

For Younger Children

The Miniature Pony Centre (2 miles west of Moretonhampstead) is interesting.

Woodlands (see above) has a huge indoor ball park.

Everyone loves steam trains.

For Adults

House of Marbles in Bovey Tracey has an interesting shop and very nice cafe, which is good for lunch or just coffee/tea. There is the opportunity to watch glass blowing (free of charge!) and, if you want a go yourself, half- or full-day courses are available, but you need to book in advance.

Riverford Organic is an interesting place to visit. Apart from buying vegetables, you can take a tour of the farm and eat at the excellent restaurant, which was winner of Best Ethical Restaurant 2009 - booking essential.

The nearby village of Widecombe is charming and well worth a visit. You can drive or cycle there in a few minutes, but taking the walk over the moor (take your map and watch the weather!) is a great way to develop an appetite and thirst. Be sure to visit the Rugglestone Inn. It's rather tucked away, but worth finding for the good food and excellent beer.

Chagford (mentioned above for its outdoor pool) is not far away and has a number of small, interesting shops and a "flea market" in the village hall (next to the very cheap car park) every Friday. Particular attractions are the two "Aladdin's Cave" shops - old-fashioned hardware and general stores that meander up and down and seem to go on for ever - in the main square.

Here are some walking websites: