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Pleasant moderate sized beach in a cove.
Bigbury's extensive sands are particularly popular in Plymouth and many of the outsiders to be seen every day in summer are day trippers.
Resembles the Lancastrian version as much as a black domestic kitten resembles a fully grown tiger!
The nearest large sandy beach to Plymouth.
These twin villages are pretty well conjoint, although they were once in different counties.
The largest beach in Paignton with usual facilities.
The remains of a Cistercian abbey were incorporated into the house after the dissolution of the monasteries. In the time of Elizabeth I it was owned first by Sir Richard Grenville and then by Sir Francis Drake.
Burgh Island Hotel
Not cheap but it provides fine accommodation and food on an island across a causeway. The building provides a feast of Art Deco.
Claimed to be UK's newest castle, it was designed by Lutyens and built just before the first world war.
Just what it says - a genuine survival in Plymouth's Barbican area of a 16th century house with furniture to match the period.
Mount Edgcumbe (SV)
There's little point in separate markers for house, gardens and park, though all would be appropriate.
Except in heavy mist, if you look out from Plymouth Hoe, you will see what has to be a sort of protective wall three miles out.
Royal Oak, Meavy
This old inn is known to have been in existence since 1510. It is situated by a lovely village green with the ancient oak tree that gives uts name, now dependent on metal supports for its mighty banches.
The marker is actually on the site of North Brentor village but it's not the village church that holds the interest. To the south on top of 1100 Brent Tor is the very simple chapel of St Michael de Rupe, full of legend.
A typical Dartmoor granite church but with some interesting graves:
Smaller than Plymouth, Exeter is none the less the county town of Devon.
A large city, with always something to be seen in the Sound. The dockyard at Devonport usually has some interesting ships around.
Torbay is a substantial town, taking in Torquay, Paignton and Brixham, all of which are very different and are marked separately.
Reasonably easily reached from Sheepstor, Ditsworthy and Drizzlecombe are the site of extensive Bronze Age remains.
Erme stone row
A very approximate marker for the world's longest stone row. Don't think of going without a large scale ordnance survey map and compass.
Merrivale Stone Rows
Some of the most accessible stone rows on the moor are just near the Dartmoor Inn at Merrivale.
Based on the old river terminal for mined minerals, Morwellham is a mainly outdoor museum complex. It covers not only mining and river transportation but Victorian small town life.
Saltram House and gardens, owned by the National Trust may lie within Plymouth's boundary but they are far from urban.
Much of north Dartmoor is ignored on this map because of its use as an artillery range. I know it less well for this reason and because it was hard to access from Plymouth when I was young and carless.
Fine beauty spot but a charge for entry.
Fine scenery if you want a route across the moor avoiding the main roads.
A headland giving a superb view of Torbay.
The section of the Coast Path between Bolt Head and Bolt Tail is usually considered one of the most spectacular in the whole area.
An outstanding section of the coastal footpath.
An amazing pile of rocks with a slight resemblance to a person's face.
Few cities can have reservoirs as visually delightful as this, on the edge of numerous fine walks.
Called a sight because there's nought else to call it but there's little enough to see.
Extremely picturesque junction of the East and West Dart rivers and an excellent walking terminus.
Because the picturesque Dewerstone rock, near Shaugh Bridge is one of the few Dartmoor sites suitable for climbing, most URLs found on Google are climbing rather than general information.
A spot of oustanding beauty, where the River Walkham joins the Tavy, itself a major tributary of the Tamar.
Drake's Island, once called St Nicholas Island and even earlier St Michael's was, for most post-Tudor history, used as a place of defence. This continued until after the second world war and it was only opened to the public in the 1960s!
A particularly attractive bridge over the river Teign, near Drewsteignton. Wooded valley and an inn near the bridge.
The most easily reached of Dartmoor's prehistoric settlements.
Hay Tor Rocks
This is a good start for a very scenic group of tors and river walks.
Deepest gorge in Devon with spectacular walk beside waterfalls.
A wooded walk from Cawsand/Kingsand leads to this peninsular. The walk is best combined [see 'read more'] with going on to Rame Head.
Pew Tor is one of the easiest to reach of all Dartmoor's tops from a car. It is an impressive tor with huge granite buildings and commands terrific views of moor and sea.
A headland giving superb views over what is often called the 'Forgotten Corner of Cornwall.' There is an old monk' chapel on the headland. Apart from the coast path as such, it can be combined with Penlee Point [q.v.] into an excellent circular walk from Cawsand.
A river little known outside Plymothians and Plymouth visitors, it has some lovely inland scenery [e.g. Harford] and a splendidly picturesque estuary [see Noss Mayo.]
Do two rivers meet here to form a third - Cad and Meavy to form the Plym - or is it where the Plym is joined by a tributary, the Meavy? Take your pick but either way it's a spot of superb beauty.
Not one of Dartmoor's higher tors but one of great beauty and with splendid views.
Vixen Tor is not at present accessible, the situation since 2003. My views on this are unprintable so I have chosen an appropriate website if you click to 'read more.'
Reputedly well haunted, this is one of the few sites remaining of the original woodland that covered Dartmoor.
Administratively only the smallest of the three Torbay towns, Brixham has a proud history as a fishing resort.
Buckfastleigh is the terminus of the South Devon Railway from Totnes. The town contains a butterfly farm and an otter sanctuary but is best known for Buckfast Abbey, a practicing community of Benedictine monks.
One of the stannary towns [see Plympton.]
I'm afraid I only know Dartmouth through passing on a journey - the URL seems interesting.
Important market town - central for moorland activities.
It claims to be becomong known as 'the walks centre' for Dartmoor but might seem too far north for a moorland holiday. Good stop en route to Cornwall for a short visit to the moor.
The only one of Torbay's three towns that can be considered a sandy beach resort.
Plympton is now officially part of Plymouth but it can look back to a proud history as one of the four Stannary Towns [tin mining - see: http://users.senet.com.au/~dewnans/Devon_Stannary_History.html] in Devon.
When reached by the old railway, winding round tors and stopping near the top of Ingra Tor, Princetown seemed like the end of the earth.
Delightful little town with several beaches, two of which are reached by ferry. There is also a ferry up the estuary to Kingsbridge.
Tavistock was one of the four stannary towns in Devon [see Plympton.] Its name however suggests a market town and that is certainly what it is today - a really friendly feeling pervading it.
More a 'middle class' holiday resort than the other Torbay towns in its history and probably still top for entertainment.
One of England's oldest boroughs, situated on the River Dart.
A foot ferry that has run at least from the 14th century [and probably from Saxon times!] it crosses from the Stonehouse area of Plymouth, near the Royal Marine barracks, to the small village of Cremyll in Cornwall, where you can get a connecting bus to local beaches.
Dart River trips
Scenic river trips between Totnes and Dartmouth.
An airport is an airport!
Often called the 'Paignton and Dartmouth Railway', this preserved steam line doesn't cross the water to Dartmouth but stops at Kingswear
What can I say about an airport?
Rail coastal scenery
Famous part of the main line to Plymouth, where in the stretch between Dawlish Warren and Teignmouth, [pronounced Tinmouth although the river is pronounced Tane] there are great views of the red sandstone cliffs and the sea.
Brittany Ferries - Plymouth to Roscoff from Millbay Docks.
Salcombe- Ksbrge ferry
Scenic ferry from Salcombe to Kingsbridge during the season only.
Brittany Ferries - from Millbay Docks, Plymouth to Santander, Spain.
Seasonal boat trips
From Phoenix Wharf in the Barbican region, near the famous Mayflower Steps, there are usually cruises in season to the River Yealm, around the harbour, to the dockyard and warships and sometimes right up the Tamar to Calstock.
South Devon Railway
A very scenic rail line up the [no longer tidal] Dart Valley from Totnes to Buckfastleigh on the edge of Dartmoor
The railway bridge, perhaps the greatest work of Isambard Kingdom Brunel, was opened in 1859.
The main road from Plymouth into Cornwall prior to the building of the Tamar Bridge, this chain ferry is still the best way to the south-east part of Cornwall.
Buckland in the Moor
A lovely village with thatching on the cottages and a church with 'My Dear Mother' on the clock face instead of numbers.
Quite an 'ordinary' village but a splendid location for trips into the south-west of Dartmoor.
A really attractive village with thatched cottages and pub. The Drewe Arms may have changed management but it sounds just as good for food and drinks.
A tiny village on the River Erme with a church, a few houses and a very picturesque bridge - typical of south Devon streams.
Fairly large village by the A38 where the Two Moors Way starts towards Lynton on the North Devon coast.
An idyllic village with an amount of thatching and a fine pub. centre for fabulous walks around the local beauty spot of Lustleigh Cleave.
A most interesting village dating back to Saxon times. Only the massive keep remains of the castle, which served in its relatively late life as the courthouse and prison for the stannary law.
Very pleasant village near Tavistock. Fine church.
At least once, if you are not a nervous driver, go and look at the 'Who'd have Thought it' Inn at Milton Combe up the hill from Buckland Abbey direction. You will be in no doubt how it got its name!
Of the villages around the mouth of the River Yealm, I like this one best.
Slapton is known for two geographical features. The first is a long stretch of beach, nothing remarkable in itself.
Most famous for the song that is pretty well the 'national anthem' of Devon, Widecombe is a small village with a big church - at least one with a very high tower - sometimes known as 'the Cathedral of the Moors.'
Walking Route 1
Dartmoor Way 2
Continuation of Dartmoor way
A circular route of about 90 miles around some fine parts of the moor. If you like long distance paths, this is a good way to get an impression but no single path can show all Dartmoor has to offer.
Walking Route 2
Two Moors Way
This path is over 100 miles long and connects Dartmoor with Exmoor. Only the Dartmoor section is covered here.
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