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What to do in Dartmoor, Devon and the West Country

Frogmill is perfectly situated for exploring the West Country, one of the most picturesque areas of Great Britain. No matter what gifts the weather brings, there is always something to see and do.

Dartmoor National Park

Ancient, enigmatic, beautiful, Dartmoor is a captivating mix of rugged moorland and tors, deep wooded valleys, fast flowing rivers and quaint villages. It can be explored by car, by bike, by horse, on foot or from the water and within its 368 square miles there are hundreds of activities to sample and enjoy (see our Activities page).

We can suggest driving tours to capture the best of the Moor where time is short, to enjoy the superb scenery and landscapes and explore some of the market towns such as Okehampton and Tavistock, and picturesque villages such as Widecombe-in-the-Moor, Chagford and Lustleigh, on and surrounding Dartmoor.

Within a short drive of Frogmill are a number of the Moor’s leading attractions including Castle Drogo, Fingle Bridge, Canonteign Falls and Becky Falls, Haldon Forest Park, Lydford Gorge and Waterfall and The High Moorland Visitor Centre.

Exeter

The historic city of Exeter is just a 20 minute drive from Frogmill and has much to offer in the way of attractions, cultural activity or just a browse round the shops.

The magnificent Cathedral, dating back over 900 years it is one of the oldest and most beautiful in Britain. Guided tours are available or you can wander around alone.

The Underground Passages were built in the 14th and 15th centuries to bring fresh water supplies to the city, a visit there includes a video presentation and a tour underground.  

The Quayside area, once the Port of Exeter, and one of the busiest in the land has a fascinating history, learn more as you stroll around. It now houses shops converted from the old warehouses and has a lively café culture. Take a walk along the towpath to see the oldest pound lock canal or take a boat trip upstream.

There are many free guided tours of the city on offer from the Red Coats, a good selection of museums and galleries and a variety of entertainment is always on offer in the city’s theatres, clubs and cinemas,

The keen shopper will enjoy a visit to the modern shopping centre around the High Street as well as quirky finds in Gandy Street.

Further Afield

Frogmill is an excellent base for exploring the West Country with easy access to the road network and most of the area accessible on day trips. The Exe, Teign and Dart rivers and estuaries are a delight to explore along with the towns of Exmouth, Topsham and Dartmouth. To the North, Exmoor and the North Devon coast have a wild charm, while to the West the spectacular scenery and quaint villages along the North Cornish coast should not be missed; they are are only an hour’s drive from Frogmill. The picturesque towns and fishing villages along the South Devon and Cornish coast make an enjoyable day’s excursion which can also take in the Eden Project.

We have plenty of information available to enable you to plan your days and make the most of your stay in the West Country.