The Dartmoor National Park is a unique destination, boasting a rich tapestry of natural attractions. Found in Devon County, this former expanse of countryside is a famed parkland now, welcoming thousands of intrepid travelers annually. The untamed landscape here is peppered with soaring massifs, azure lochs, vast moorlands, deep valleys and historic attractions. Aptly dubbed as the land of contrasts, this parkland astounds visitors with it eclectic bouquet of offerings and recreational opportunities. Walk amidst spectacular environs along the Meldon Viaduct, rekindle your love for history with visits to Fernworthy Stone Circle, Foggintor Quarry and Merrivale Prehistoric Settlement, or ascend heights on the slopes of Hound Tor, Pew Tor and the Great Links Tor. With the mélange of sights and landscapes found here, Dartmoor National Park will leave you spoilt for choice.
Taking its name from scientist Otto Overbeck, who lived here between 1928 and 1937, this elegant Edwardian house is now a museum containing Overbeck's eclectic collections of shells, photographs, drawings, model boats, toys, curios, and displays on local maritime history and wildlife. There is a secret room just for children, with dolls, tin soldiers, and other toys, plus a ghost hunt. Outside you'll find a lovely subtropical garden with many rare plants, trees and shrubs. There are spectacular views over the estuary creeks and beaches to Salcombe, which looks quite picturesque in the distance. The garden is not wheelchair accessible, but the ground floor of the museum, shop, and tea-room, are. Braille guides for the museum are available, as well as a Braille ghost hunt.
Near the town of Totnes, Woodlands is full of thrills and spills and well deserves its many awards. From the Alpine Dash to the Tornado the emphasis is on action and adventure for all ages. For rainy days there is a huge indoor complex with venture centers, a Circusdrome, ball-pools and inflatables, soft play for tinies and drop slides. Outside, the grounds bristle with commando-type courses and cafes. There is a farm area, with hands-on access, boating lakes and a wildlife walkabout, if you can pry the children away from the rides. Woodlands has won five national awards and if you can't tear yourself away, there's even a campsite attached. Wheelchair users need a strong pusher, as it's very hilly.
One of the least altered medieval houses in England, Cotehele was owned by the Edgcumbe family for 600 years. They moved on to Mount Edgcumbe House in Tudor times, using Cotehele for family getaways and to show off to visitors, who marveled at this medieval gem, just as we do today. The ancient granite walls house a fine collection of textiles, tapestries and early oak furniture, while the chapel contains the oldest working domestic clock in England. Warning - Cotehele weaves a magic spell, so that once you've been there you want to go back again and again. The open times of the house and the restaurant vary greatly every week.
This is Britain's largest and most up-to-date aquarium, with many spectacular underwater displays. A visit to this ultra-modern center alongside Sutton Harbour on the historic Barbican will be an unforgettable adventure, with wide screen viewing windows giving you an amazing close-up view of the fish. The most spectacular displays have to be the sharks at feeding time, but there are many fascinating exhibits, including Europe's largest collection of seahorse species.
This large venue is a very versatile event hall, capable of hosting many different sorts of activities. International sporting events, particularly snooker and basketball, are held here and there are also facilities for orchestral concerts, pop and rock music and light entertainment, with a concert hall holding up to 3,000 people. There is also a skating rink and leisure pool on the same site.
The second oldest house in Plymouth, it was built by Thomas Yogge in 1498. It is a fine limestone building with granite door and window frames, and a galleried courtyard. In the past it has been a dwelling house, a warehouse, a wine store and a bacon factory. But it has now belonged to St Andrew's Church since the 1920s. It is used with the adjoining Abbey Hall to accommodate their youth groups, and is let out to community groups. The church lets out the bottom floor to Tanners, one of Plymouth's highest quality restaurants. The building also houses the famous 28 foot Plymouth Tapestry, with its 2,250,000 stitches, some of which were added by royalty. It took four and a half years to complete, and is well worth a visit.
The beautiful gardens that surround the Dartington Hall are simply stunning. This renowned hall is mainly used as a business centre, where several formal meetings are held. Apart from this this, the hall also hosts certain cultural and informal events, and provides accommodation to guest and visitors. Spacious and well-equipped, this medieval hall was built in late 13th Century and has undergone renovations several times.
Named after the street it is set on, the 45 Southside gallery is managed by the amiable Mathias and Kirsten who have played a pivotal role in supporting emerging artists in Plymouth. Not just paintings, this gallery also features metalwork, glass and ceramics. Have a look at their site for a list of represented artists and upcoming exhibitions.
Dewerstone is a beautiful Iron Age hill fort which is highly popular with climbers and walkers. It has mesmerizing views as it overlooks the Plym river. The area also has interesting wildlife which nature lovers can enjoy. There are many stories and legends that revolve around Dewerstone and how it got the name, Dewer meaning devil in the Celtic language.
Cawsand Bay is located in the South-eastern coast of Cornwall. A beautiful bay, it derives its name from the nearby village Cawsand. The bay is a beautiful stretch of land merging into the beautiful sea. It is connected to many beautiful sites like the Penlee Point, Rame Head. Tourists who visit these sites often make it a point to visit the Cawsand Bay. The Bay enjoys crystal clear water with a natural marine life. Many migratory birds can be seen perching on the Cawsand Bay.
Highest summit in southern Dartmoor, Ryder's Hill is undramatic and plateau-like, yet offers a beautiful panorama on a clear, sunny day. On this hill's summit, you can find two stones and a low lying cairn. A triangle-shaped pillar rests above the cairn. Though not very striking, this cairn forms one of the border markers of the Dartmoor forest as recorded in 1240's Perambulation and is often referred to as 'Knattleborough' since the 17th Century. One of the stone rocks is known as Petre's Bound Stone. This marks the border of three parishes of Buckfastleigh, Holne and Dartmoor Forest.