Family Days Out
Walking & Cycling
The Tarka trail offers over 30 miles of cycle paths using the old railways that cut a path through the beautiful Devon countryside. Bicycles can be hired if you don’t want to bring your own and cafes, pubs, toilets, picnic areas and even art installations are all found along the way. The Tarka Trail Guide provides full details of the facilities and route maps. There are also paths and cycle trails through Cookworthy Forest worth exploring.
Roadford Lake is one of the largest inland waters in the southwest, with a café open all year round, an activity centre for those wanting to hire paddleboards, canoes or maybe try a spot of sailing. Dogs are permitted and there are plenty of walks and cycle tracks, including access to the nature reserve with an abundance of wildlife, flora and fauna.
The beautiful beaches of Bude are only a 25 minute drive from Kingslakes, with Widemouth Bay a little further. Clean water, plenty of sand and life guards on duty make these beaches safe for all the family. Surfing and body-boarding can be enjoyed along with rock pools to explore and walks along the coastal path.
Dartmoor Zoological Park, 15 minutes from Plymouth, is home to over 200 animals set in 30-acres of parkland. Paignton Zoo is also a family favourite and Plymouth boasts the UK’s largest aquarium.
A small bustling market town just 10 minutes away from Kingslakes. There is a street market on Wednesday, cattle market on Wednesday and Thursday, a fitness gym, leisure centre and Victorian museum. You will also find quaint shops and cafés, a Waitrose supermarket and a Texaco garage for fuel.
Boscastle and Tintagel
Explore the beautiful Boscastle and Tintajel, south of Bude. Tintagel, of course, is the mythical home of King Arthur and the Knights of the round table.
RHS Garden Rosemoor is just on our door step at Great Torrington, open every day (except Christmas Day) with a plant centre, tea room and shop. In little over an hour you can get to the world famous Eden Project and the Lost Gardens of Heligan.
At Hidden Valley Discovery Park the mystery trails and Forbidden Mansion are all part of the adventure within the uniquely landscaped grounds. This attraction also boasts a miniature railway, playground and café.
The Gnome Reserve & Wild Flower Garden is home to over 1000 gnomes and pixies, enjoy a walk around the 4 acres of woodland, meadows, gardens and water features. Well behaved dogs on leads are allowed and a café and toilets are open to visitors.
Shop at discount outlets at Atlantic Village in Bideford or visit Trago Mills at Newton Abbots, both have children’s activities.
Dingles Fairground Heritage Centre offers family fun whatever the weather. The National Fairground Collection is housed undercover with 45,000 sq ft of exhibits, vintage engineering and artwork displays plus café and gift shop