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Off the Beaten Track in South Devon

Off the Beaten Track in South Devon

Avoiding the tourist hotspots and finding the hidden gems that will captivate and enchant those lucky enough to be shown them


Avoiding the tourist hotspots and finding the hidden gems that will captivate and enchant those lucky enough to be shown them

South Devon is known as the perfect family holiday destination, with its award winning attractions, traditional resorts, countryside and history. It’s no surprise that the major tourist centres become extremely busy during summer – which is why this holiday absolutely avoids the tourist hotspots and instead takes in the quieter less exploited sites. A diverse and magnificent landscape utterly contrasts with the jagged shore where pretty villages, lively towns and smaller beaches lie waiting to be discovered.  Hidden gems are speckled across the scenery which will captivate and enchant visitors lucky enough to be shown them.




Saturday - Morning from Dorset to Exeter for lunch. This afternoon visit Stover Country Park near Newton Abbot - 114 acres of woodland, heath, grassland, lake and marsh - a valuable wildlife refuge and full of history. You can choose to walk a 4 mile Heritage Trail or a shorter lake walk. Continue to hotel.

Sunday - Visit Teignmouth, a classic seaside resort that never did develop as big as the "Riviera resorts" along the coast. It has two beaches, a pier, pleasure gardens and a network of narrow streets that lead to the colourful harbour. This afternoon drive across the Teignmouth & Shaldon Bridge, once the longest in Britain, to the tiny fishing village of Shaldon. You can choose to visit the small zoo (next to coach park), venture through a smugglers tunnel to the exclusive Ness Beach (some steps) or walk down the steep hill into the charming old village.

Monday - Morning to Dartmouth, the idyllic harbourside town set at the mouth of the River Dart. We shall board a 1 hour river cruise viewing the waterside sights regaled by a skippers commentary. Stay in the town for lunch. After re-joining the coach we shall drive to the gorgeous coastal town of Salcombe, famed for its estuary views and rugged coastline. Lining the maze of narrow streets are a diverse range of shops and galleries to enjoy. Boat trips run from the quayside and a ferry crosses the harbour to East Portlemouth where the best beaches are found.

Tuesday - Spend the morning in delightful Totnes, packed with both Medieval and Tudor buildings and full of history. Those who wish can enjoy a 3 mile riverside walk (directions provided) to the nearby Dartington Cider Press centre, where a range of arts and craft shops provide eclectic shopping and lunch. Otherwise the coach will convey you there and after lunch we shall make our homeward journey to arrive back in Dorset that afternoon.

B, D

B=Breakfast, D=Dinner

Passage House Hotel, Newton Abbot

Quietly located on the outskirts of the town on the banks of the River Teign. 90 bedrooms provide stylish accommodation with private bathroom, free toiletries, hairdryer, TV, phone, tea tray and Wifi – accessed by lift. There is a superb indoor pool, hot tub, gym and massage. The restaurant serves a varied menu using seasonal produce while enjoying views over the river. You can relax in the conservatory bar or sit outside on the sunny terrace. Next door is the hotels very own 18th century country pub with a welcoming atmosphere.


Tour Price: £369.00 Per Person.

Single room supplement: £70.00


Price Includes: All coach travel, 3 nights hotel accommodation, Half board meals, Dartmouth boat cruise.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Contact Details
Beaminster Area Convenient local point in Beaminster to be advised
Blandford Area Convenient local point in Blandford to be advised
Bournemouth Area Convenient point in Bournemouth to be advised
Branksome Area Convenient point in Branksome to be advised
Bridport Area Convenient local point in Bridport to be advised
Britannia Inn Britannia Inn, Fortuneswell, Portland
Charlestown The Alexandra Inn, Chickerell Road, Charlestown
Chickerell Bluebird Garage, Chickerell Road
Corfe Castle Convenient point in Corfe Castle to be advised
Courtlands Portland, Courtlands bus stop
Dorchester South Station Dorchester South Station bus stop
Dorchester TOT Top O'Town Car Park (by cafe), Dorchester
Easton Easton Square, Portland
Ferndown Area Convenient local point in Ferndown to be advised
Foords Corner Foords Corner bus stop, Wyke Regis
Jestys Avenue Bus stop end of Jestys Avenue on Littlemoor Road
Littlemead Broadwey, Littlemead bus stop (Swan Inn)
Lodmoor Hill Lodmoor Hill Bus Stop (near Post Office)
Lyme Regis Convenient local point in Lyme Regis to be advised
Lyndale bus stop Wyke Regis, Lyndale Bus Stop
Nottington Broadwey, Nottington Corner bus stop
Poole Area Convenient local point in Poole to be advised
Poundbury QMSE Poundbury Queen Mother Square bus stop
(Coach heading into Dorchester)
Radipole Spa Hotel bus stop, Radipole
Redlands Redlands, Opposite Garage
Ringwood Area Convenient local point in Ringwood to be advised
Rodwell Rodwell Traffic Lights, Rodwell Rd/Rodwell Ave
Sgt Bunn St Bunn Bakery, Lanehouse Rocks Road
Sherborne Area Convenient local point in Sherborne to be advised
Southwell Portland, Southwell, Opposite Eight Kings Inn
St Edmunds Church St Edmunds Church, Lanehouse Rocks Road
St Johns Church Weymouth, St Johns Church, outside Dentist
St Nicholas Church St Nicholas Church, Buxton Road, Weymouth
Sturminster Newton Area Convenient point in Stur. Newton to be advised
Swanage Area Convenient local point in Swanage to be advised
To be advised To be advised - Approx. 2 weeks before travel
Upton Area Convenient local point in Upton to be advised
Value House Value House Car Park
Victoria Square Victoria Square bus stop, Portland
Wareham Area Convenient local point in Wareham to be advised
Westwey Road Westwey Rd, Magistrates Court, Weymouth
Weymouth Bluebird Weymouth, Outside Bluebird Office,
K1 bus stop
Wimborne Area Convenient local point in Wimborne to be advised
Wool Area Convenient local point in Wool to be advised
Wyke Smuggler Smugglers Inn, Wyke Regis
Yeovil Area Convenient local point in Yeovil to be advised
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