THINGS TO DO IN THE SOUTHWEST.

 

MAKING HAY

 

HOLSWORTHY MARKET

 

SOME LOCAL CHARACTERS AT THE HOLSWORTHY LIVESTOCK MARKET

 

Market 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WEDNESDAY IS MARKET DAY IN HOLSWORTHY.

Beautiful Devon.

Devon boasts five designated areas of outstanding natural beauty, which, between them account for much of the county.

The five area's are, The Blackdown Hills, East Devon, North Devon, South Devon and Tamar Valley.

Clawton & Surrounding area.

Clawford is conveniently situated for easy access to all the tourist attractions.

We are situated equi distant from Exeter, Barnstaple, Bideford and Plymouth.

This situation means there is only a short traveling distance to any areas of interest.

Dartmoor is 12 miles to the South east and Bodmin Moor is 15 miles to the South West.

Bude is 10 miles to the West with it's lovely golden sands and Surf beaches.

Easy traveling for those days out.

There are plenty of places with easy access from Clawford to go horse riding. These places include 'The Lewdown Equestrian Centre' and 'St. Leonards Equestrian Centre'.

Torridge & surrounding area.

Set in rolling green hills, sleepy hamlets and old traditional market towns in beautiful areas of remarkable contrasts.

To the West coast is Clovelly and the village of Hartland.

Hartland is the home to Hartland Abbey, a 12th. century monastery, now a family home open to the public. The rugged coastline around this area offers spectacular walks along the coastal footpath and a part of the 'West Way'. This is one of the only three places throughout the whole on England to be classes as tranquil and far enough away from any modern developments as to be un-spoilt by urban influences. 

A short distance from Torrington is RHS Rosemoor, over 32 acres of themed gardens set in a peaceful sheltered valley.

To the North of Clawton is the thriving market town of Holsworthy with its weekly livestock market. There is a heated swimming pool, sports hall, splendid park with a bowling green, cricket club and tennis court. There are several other activities in the area, horse riding and archery are but some of the other interests that you can take part in. For the energetic there is cycling along quiet country lanes, and the developing Tamar Trail cycle way, savor the true atmosphere of rural Devon. There are, of course, some great country walks in the area.

The market town of Great Torrington sits high on a cliff top overlooking the river valley. taking advantage of the panorama is Torrington 1646, a new attraction bringing to life the 17th. Century English Civil War.

Clovelly.

The first place of interest we suggest sightseers to see. 

Set into a steep hillside, Clovelly is one of the most famous villages in the world.

Be aware, traffic is banned from the high street.

This place is unique, frozen in time and is unforgettable. The setting for several 'Treasure Island' Movies. The place where the Victorian author Charles Kingsley was inspired to write the children's classic 'The Water Babies'. The breath taking views from the cobbled street called 'Up-Along' will stay in your memory forever. 

This village pre-dates the doomsday book and is the last of its kind in England.

Stroll down to the charming harbor 200 feet below and look back on the wooded amphitheatre covered in ancient oak and ash and a thousand years of living history. The small harbor has sheltered up to 60 fishing boats, but due to the decline of the herring fishing this has now shrunk to a handful of small boats. Take a drink in the Red lion and mellow out. Then take a donkey ride back up the cobbled street terraces back to the top.

Dartmoor National Park.

Dartmoor was designated a National Park by statute in 1951. It is 368 square miles (954 sq km) in area, has about 33,400 people living in it, and millions of people visit it each year.

RHS Garden Rosemoor.

Based in Great Torrington, Devon. The story of the RHS Garden Rosemoor begins for us in 1959 when Lady Anne Berry, met the noted plants man Collingwood Ingram in Spain.

He encouraged her to start a garden of her own.

Lady Anne's Garden, as the original garden of Rosemoor is now known, is a plants man's garden and is of great horticultural and botanical interest.

National Marine Aquarium.

Based in Plymouth Devon, the UK's biggest aquarium, containing Europe's deepest tank. From Sharks to seahorses. Exhibits include everything from moorland streams to tropical reef water life.

Becky Falls.

Becky Falls is four miles west of Bovey Tracey is a renown Devon beauty spot set in the stunning Dartmoor valley. With over 50 acres to explore and our unique mix of animals and adventure, world famous waterfalls, ancient woodland and stunning scenery, Becky Falls has been attracting visitors and inspiring poets and writers for over 100 years, as well as providing some of the most scenic and enjoyable walks in the south west.

Westward Ho!.

Situated off the A39 near Bideford. The only place in the British Isles that has an exclamation mark is an intentionally part of the towns name.

Westward Ho! is where Charles Kingsley lived.

A Victorian town with a long, clean sandy beach and a three mile long, pebble ridge stretching to the mouth of the Taw Torridge Estuary.

Castle Drago.

Visit the he last castle to be built in England, Castle Drago in Devon.

It was built in the early 20th century and combines the grandeur of a medieval castle with the interior of a country house. The castle is a masterpiece in Dartmoor granite that blends beautifully into the rugged landscape.

Morewelham Quay.

Based off the A390 near Tavistock. This, a 1,000 year old inland port and village. Travel by train to a copper mine. See ships, cottages, workshops, museums and much more.

The Eden Project.

The worlds largest green houses are set into a 50 meter deep crater the size of over 30 football pitches, is the centerpiece of a spectacular garden. 

Full of fascinating plants and tropical wild life.

Tintagel.

With its spectacular location on one of England's most dramatic coastlines, Tintagel is an awe-inspiring and romantic spot, a place of legends.

Joined to the mainland by a narrow neck of land, Tintagel Island faces the full force of the Atlantic. After a period as a Roman settlement and military outpost, Tintagel is thought to have been a trading settlement of Celtic kings during the 5th and 6th centuries. The remains of the 13th-century castle are breathtaking. Steep stone steps, stout walls and rugged windswept cliff edges encircle the Great Hall, where Richard Earl of Cornwall once feasted. There are many unanswered questions and legends surrounding Tintagel.

 

Other local places of Interest.

Okehampton to Dartmoor.

Launceston to Bodmin moor.

Buckfastleigh.

Weare Giffard.

Lydford Gorge.

 

CLOVELLY

 

DARTMOOR PONIES

 

RHS ROSEMOOR GARDENS

 

BECKY FALLS.

WESTWARD HO! BEACH.

 

MOREWELHAM QUAY

EDEN PROJECT

TINTAGEL

RIVER DART