You’ll find plenty of things to do in and around Devon. Surfing, swimming, cycling, walking, sailing, and plenty of sightseeing in Devon. Meadow Sweet is perfect for walking holidays as it is located on the edge of Abbeyford woods which is abundant with wildlife, there are marked foot paths to walk as well as the world famous Tarka Trail which is just a stroll away from the front door.
The Tarka Trail
The Tarka Trail is one of the countries longest continuous traffic-free walking and cycling paths, and forms part of the Devon Coast to Coast Cycle Route, this is great for all the family and bikes can be hired from Okehampton.
Dartmoor National Park
There is no other place to equal the wild and rugged landscapes of Dartmoor National Park. See Dartmoor ponies and nature at every turn, odd little Dartmoor villages, castles, culture, local tradition and lots more. You can settle down at a Dartmoor pub, or find an idyllic spot to enjoy a picnic of your favourite food taking in the spectacular scenery. To try and describe Dartmoor in just a few words does not do it justice. Better for you to visit and create your own thoughts on its beauty and tranquillity.
Okehampton is a market town on the northern edge of the Dartmoor National Park. The central location of Okehampton makes it an ideal centre for exploring Dartmoor, and indeed the rest of Devon and Cornwall. The town provides a wide range of facilities in an historic setting, and is well served with shops and restaurants. Much of the history of Dartmoor and Okehampton can be emplored at the Museum of Dartmoor Life, to be found just off the main high street.
One of the largest castle ruins in the South West is sited on a long, thin shale outcrop in a wooded valley on the northern edge of Dartmoor. The castle was probably built after 1068, and is mentioned in the Domesday Book (1086) as the centre of the estates of Baldwin de Brionne, Sheriff of Devon. In May the Blue Bell walk around the castle is a most if you visit the Castle.
The historic town of Tavistock situated on the picturesque River Tavy, is the birthplace of Sir Francis Drake and is on the Western side of Dartmoor. Tavistock has with a wide range of unique and interesting shops, an indoor market, leisure centre, theatre, riverside park and restaurants.
Turn South from Tavistock and you will skirt along the edge of Dartmoor to the historic maritime city of Plymouth which has been the focal point of world maritime exploration for many hundreds of years. You can visit the National Marine Aquarium, take a river cruise, or visit historic houses and gardens. The Theatre Royal and the region’s largest Multiplex cinema provide a range of outstanding entertainment and there are many excellent restaurants around the Barbican and Waterfront.
In August each year Plymouth plays host to the British Firework competition. it is free to go to and a great evening out.
The Granite Way
The Granite Way is an 11 mile cycle and walkway running between Okehampton and Lydford along the north western edge of Dartmoor. It is mostly traffic free, largely following the course of the former Southern Region railway line. A journey along the Granite Way offers good views of the granite landscape of Dartmoor, as well as a number of specific sites of geological interest.
Tamar Valley Line
Why not leave your car at Gunnislake in the free car park and take the train to Plymouth, one of England’s most scenic railway branch lines. While in Plymouth you can explore the Hoe, have lunch on the Barbican, go to the cinema, visit the National marine aquarium or cruise the river or go for a boat ride around the hoe.
A unique, open-air museum, set amidst organic meadows on the beautiful River Tamar, this Victorian village was once the centre of an extraordinary copper mining boom. See the medieval dock, a port and mining museum featuring a display of the Tavistock Canal, which was built between 1803-1817 and a 32ft overshot waterwheel. The quay is also home to Devon Great Consoles Docks and Quay and two vessels from the age of sail. Re-live the daily life of a 19thCentury mining village and shipping quay
Dartmoor Railway – Trains to the Moor
Sampford Courtnenay – Okehampton – Meldon, Trains run from Okehampton all year round at weekends and bank holidays and daily during the summer holidays. Fully Licensed buffet and model shop at Okehampton. There is a visitor centre at Meldon and famous viaduct. The Dartmoor Railway has facilities for wheelchairs.