There’s Lots of Activities in South Devon
While you are enjoying your holiday here at Carswell Farm Cottages, why not explore some of the Activities that South Devon has to offer? We have loads of activities on offer for all the family – from fishing, walking & cycling through to more adventurous activities like surfing, kayaking and coasteering!
Whether it’s an action packed adventure holiday you’re after or just lazy days on the beach listening to the sea with the prospect of a delicious evening supper of fresh local foods – there really is something for everyone. Here are some suggestions to help you plan your holiday
We don’t have any riding facilities on the farm but there are local schools nearby. Try Newton Ferrers’ Equestrian Centre, Newton Downs on (tel. 01752 872807) or for rides on Dartmoor try Shilstone Rocks Riding Centre, Widecombe on the Moor (tel. 01364 621281) is reputed to be excellent. For something a little different try Clydesdale Heavy Horse Riding on Dartmoor (tel. 07901 943038). If you want to bring your horse away with you we can, by prior arrangement, organise a paddock for you during your stay and we are very happy for you to ride over the farm.
Some of the cycle rides on Dartmoor are hard to beat and then there is a nice cycle track that was built by Sustrans that runs along the old train track through Plymbridge and out to Princetown on the moors which makes a great family day out suitable for all ages. Other ideas include the dedicated cycle trail from Totnes, past Sharphams Vineyard (which has a delightful café and a chance to sample their local wines!) or the Exe Valley trail from Exeter which follows the estuary and is truly stunning. Visit the Sustrans website for more information – http://www.sustrans.org.uk/ncn/map
Sailing & Canoeing
Newton Ferrers is just over a mile away and is a great place to mess around in a boat. It’s a popular sailing centre and there is usually plenty going on over the summer including racing, fetes and regattas. Boat hire is available from Phil Carter on 01752 872189 (evenings).
You can also sail at Salcombe – try The Island Cruising Club or the Salcombe Dinghy Sailing Alternatively hire boats and canoes in Plymouth from the Mount Batten Watersports Centre or from Dittisham Boats on the River Dart.
In Summer, you can also take great trips up the Tamar from the Barbican, in Plymouth of the foot ferry at Cremyll, Tel: 01752 822105) which will take you straight into the grounds and gardens of Mount Edgecombe. In summer you can walk along the edge of the Plymouth Sound to Cawsand (the forgotten bit of Cornwall) and get the Cawsand passenger ferry back.
In the summer a water taxi also runs in the river Yealm. Take a picnic to Cellars Beach or just hitch a lift to the “other side”. Call Bill Gregor on 01752 880079 or 07817 132757 to arrange times and check availability.
Golf & Tennis
Bigbury Golf Course is nearby and very beautiful, overlooking the stunning coastline and Burgh Island!. There are also other courses at Thurlestone, Wrangaton, Dartmouth and most famously at St Mellion , which is just over the Tamar Bridge in Cornwall.
Tennis is available on hard courts in Noss Mayo on an ad hoc basis https://nossmayotennis.wordpress.com . If you’re more serious there are indoor courts about 8 miles away at Ivybridge (http://sdtc.mycourts.co.uk/index.asp ).
Tourist Information Centres
The local TICs are always very helpful and they have lots of information on their websites.
For Modbury go to http://www.modburytic.org.uk
For Plymouth look at www.visitplymouth.co.uk
For Ivybridge & South Dartmoor look at their website http://www.ivybridge-devon.co.uk
Also another great website to try is southdevonhub which lists loads of events that are happening in the area…