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.
Explore the beautiful Boscastle and Tintagel, 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.
Our full experience starts with an introduction to Gotland Gin in our outside bar while enjoying a G&T or soft drink before heading into our nano-distillery to see how Gotland Gin is produced.
You then have the opportunity to meet our flock of Gotland sheep and lambs during lambing season (please ensure you wear suitable footwear to walk in the fields), and then relax in the bar and learn all about the botanicals in our gin while enjoying some sample tasters.
The deepest river gorge in the South West, with 30m high waterfall
This steep-sided river gorge, carved into the western edge of Dartmoor, has been drawing visitors in search of the picturesque waterfall since Victorian times. Around every corner the River Lyd plunges, tumbles, swirls and gently meanders as it travels though ancient oak woodland, abundant with wildlife.
Tavistock – Gateway to Cornwall and West Devon Mining World Heritage Site. Straddling the fast flowing river Tavy, below the western edge of Dartmoor, Tavistock stands in the heart of an area of tremendous natural beauty. It is a classic West Country Market Town, with a population of approximately 12,280 (as of 2011). The old streets radiate from Bedford Square and contain shops for every taste and need. Within easy walking distance of the car parks and bus station you can find an eclectic mix of small independent shops, including delicatessens famous throughout the South West. Venture behind the Town Hall to discover the award winning and historic Pannier Market. The Town’s Market used to be held in Bank Square, now a car park, but was replaced in 1860 by a stone-built covered Pannier Market. The Market bustles with activity on most days of the week.
Step into our world…
There’s something for everyone at Hidden Valley.
Drive down the winding, tree-lined lane to a place where puzzles and adventure await.
Follow the puzzle trails, find your way through the Forbidden Mansion and take in the village of Tremuddlewick.
Watch the miniature railway travel through landscaped gardens, get lost in the Maze, hop on the Porterswick Junction Light Railway and arrive back at the café for a scrumptious snack.