The historic cities of Exeter and Plymouth are both
interesting and worthwhile to visit. The former has a Cathedral, ancient
buildings and excellent shopping (antique, curios and local crafts). Plymouth,
famous for being the Pilgrim Fathers point of departure is a busy naval city
and fishing port to this day. Boat tours give superb views of Plymouth Hoe,
Smeatons Tower and the green from which Sir Francis Drake played his famous
game of bowls before going into battle!
Devonshire and the westcountry
is steeped in history and legend. From its National Parks to the sea, visitors
are enchanted by the splendour of the lush green countryside and the majestic
granite Tors of Dartmoor. Devon is famous for many things including: Conan
Doyles' Hound of the Baskervilles!, prime beef cattle, apple cider, and of
course Devonshire Clotted Cream Teas.
The Tarka Trail is a must 'do'
for hikers as it follows the route immortalised by author Henry Williamson who
wrote of the adventures of Tarka the Otter. The trail took Tarka across
stunning open countryside, through deep woods and along the picturesque Taw and
Torridge river banks. Henry Williamson's cottage is situated in the little
village of Georgham and has been preserved exactly as the author lived in it
many years ago.
There are nearby farming villages and rural
communities to explore. Many attractions nearby offer endless opportunities for
hiking and nature watching. Golf, fishing or flying enthusiasts are spoilt for
choice! The property enjoys at least a 1/2 mile of river bank fishing where
good sized trout are regularly caught!
The activities listed below are
within easy reach of Taw Mill.
- River and lake
- Antique shopping
markets and auctions
- Clay pigeon
- Exploring coastline
and fishing villages
- Churches, Cathedrals
- Country houses and
- Canal boat trips and
horse drawn barges
- Flying from our
- Pony and trap
- Farm and stable
The National Marine Aquarium is situated in Plymouth. Watch
live fish on the hoof and then go and see the Dome, grab a takeout at Capt'n
Jaspers on the Barbican.
Buckfast Abbey: The Benedictine
monastery is near Buckfastleigh. You can't get a pint down at the Valiant
Soldier but you can steam down the Primrose Line to Totnes.
Cathedrals: ....at Exeter and
Truro. Don't forget St. Pancras the Cathedral of the Moor at
....just a hole in the ground! Then see the birth place of King
Arthur at Tintagel.
Project: Absolutely mind-blowing, only about one and a half
hours driving time from Taw Mill.
your rods. Brown Trout planted in our stretch of the river.
Golf clubs: ... are all
around; or just hack a few balls around the field before breakfast or
Hartland Abbey and
Gardens: Fascinating architecture and walled
The Duke of York (Times Pub of the year) is here - you must
book to be in front of his 10,000 men.
Jacobstowe: Traditional grub at Higher
Cadham Farm. You must book and don't dare be late!
Killarney Springs Aventure Park: It's
actually at Morwenstow. White water rapids, canoes, etc. set in 66
Lynton and Lynmouth
cliff railway: Victorian water-powered cliff
Marbles: ....if you've lost yours, get re-united at the House at Bovey Tracy;
paint your own Teapot nearby.
National Trust: ....preserves our
heritage. All types of properties all over the region.
Okehampton Castle: The
medieval home of the Earls of Devon. Special events are staged in August. Or
you might care to visit the last castle to be built in England - Castle Drogo,
Pan for Gold:
at Tolgus Mill ...then a tete-tete at Tate St. Ives. You can
then come down to earth at Goonhilly.
Quince Honey Farm: is near South Molton;
then hive off a few antiques from East Street.
Roundheads and Cavaliers: met at
Torrington in 1646. See you at Dartington Crystal works before
at one of our local stables. Child friendly ponies and mounts
to suit all riders of all abilities, or you can bring your own horse if you
Tourism: Plays a major role in the economy of the West Country. These jottings
can only give you our very potted version of what is on offer. If you find
something which is truly interesting, please let us know so we can pass it on.
Let us know what your interests are and we can plan an
Kents Cavern: and Undersized at Babbacombe Model Village,and
Under Water at the Riviera Centre.
Vintage Motorcycles: at Combe Martin and
bigger motors at the Combat Collection at Cobbaton.
Witchcraft Museum: at Boscastle.... go
in daylight, not after dark.
Xebec trip to Lundy? Better checkout the
M.V. Oldenburg on Bideford quay.
You cannot miss Clovelly: perhaps hitch
a ride on the Big Sheep.
Monachorum: ....only just up the road. Visit the Waie Inn
www.waieinn.co.uk - good pub grub,
heated pool and lots of things for the children to do.