Activities

Great Burrow Cottage is perfectly located to take advantage of a full range of activities. Dartmoor, Bodmin moor and Exmoor are all within easy driving distance whilst fifteen minutes drive away is the castle town of Okehampton and the Cathedral city of Exeter about 30 minutes. The market towns of Tavistock and Launceston are also within easy reach.

Dartmoor offers horse riding, cycling, walking and great pubs whilst the North Cornwall coast has world-class surfing, miles of sandy beaches, fascinating rock pools and stunning cliff top walks. In addition there are excellent golf courses, water sports, and fishing. We can give you more tailored information when you arrive but have listed a local selection here.

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Dartmoor

Designated one of the National Parks of England and Wales in 1951, Dartmoor is a beautiful moorland landscape with ancient forests, wooded valleys, and windswept rugged tors. The public is able to roam freely on its 369 square miles of unenclosed, open moorland, with around 600 miles of public rights of way. Dartmoor is a rich habitat for wildlife and has a wealth of archaeological remains, myths and legends. The cottage has guide books on some of the best walks. www.discoverdartmoor.co.uk/things-to-do/activities.asp

Walking

You can find delightful walks directly from the cottage and many others can be found at the Discover Dartmoor website.
On Dartmoor you can prove you’ve walked the Tors by letterboxing. Find out all about it at www.dartmoorletterboxing.org

Riding

You can go riding on the moor from many stables including Cholwell Riding Stables
Between Okehampton and Tavistock, next to the famous ‘Wheal Betsy’ Silver Lead mine
01822810526

Mountain biking

The Granite Way is an 18km cycle/walkway from Okehampton to Lydford with a large part of it being traffic-free, through beautiful countryside. It is part of the National Cycle Route 27.
www.devon.gov.uk
If you don’t bring your own bike you can hire them from Devon Cycle Hire who will deliver bikes to the cottage.
Devon Cycle Hire, Sourton Down, Near Okehampton, Devon, EX20 4HR.
Tel: 01837 861141 /01822 615014
www.devoncyclehire.co.uk

Water Sports

Nearby Roadford Lake has trout fishing, sailing, wind surfing, canoeing, bird watching and a nature trail.
www.roadfordlakesailingclub.org.uk

Golf

The golf courses around Okehampton are recognised as some of the best in the country.
www.okehamptongc.co.uk

Beaches

North Cornwall is one of the country’s most popular surfing coasts with world class surfing beaches at Widemouth Bay and Bude. We can help you find perfect beaches for swimming, paddling and rockpooling. For tide times and surf reports try:
http://magicseaweed.com

National Trust and English Heritage sites

Lydford Gorge near Okehampton is spectacular. Starting high above the river, weaving through the woods to the 30m White Lady waterfall, it then follows a series of whirl pools including the Devils Cauldron.
www.nationaltrust.org.uk

Castle Drogo
www.nationaltrust.org.uk/castledrogo
Finch Foundry
www.nationaltrust.org.uk/finchfoundry
Lanhydrock House and Gardens
www.nationaltrust.org.uk/lanhydrock

Other worthwhile places
Eden Project
www.edenproject.com
Pencarrow House and Gardens
www.pencarrow.co.uk

Pubs and restaurants

There are numerous local pubs offering excellent and varied food and real ales. Nearby at Bratton Clovelly (a very lovely forty minute walk from here) is an excellent pub, The Clovelly Inn, whilst other more ‘gastro’ pubs include The Dartmoor Inn and The Castle at Lydford.

For award winning organic food visit Percys Restaurant
www.percys.co.uk

And for grand dining,
Gidleigh Park Hotel restaurant
www.gidleigh.com

Cinema

Okehampton – less than 15 minutes drive – has a wonderful licensed independent cinema showing all the latest releases. Okehampton.merlincinemas
01837 658586

Shopping

Okehampton also offers a good choice of grocery shopping with Waitrose, Lidl and Coop supermarkets. There is also a Saturday farmers’ market and a range of shops selling local produce.