The Area

Great Days out in the Heart of Devon

In spite of our tranquil settting, Bickley Mill is also just a short distance from many of the best places to visit in Devon.  The English Riviera of Torquay is just 15 minutes away; the colourful market town of Totnes is also within a short drive, along with the wide open spaces of Dartmoor and top Devon attractions such as Paignton Zoo.

That said, if you wish to get away from it all, the wide open space and rough hewn beauty of Dartmoor National Park also awaits, just to the north. Indeed, if shopping isn’t your thing, we are near some fantastic territory for fishing or golfing breaks in Devon, not to mention horse riding, cycling or walking breaks.

Whatever your tastes, Bickley Mill makes an excellent base for short breaks and holidays in Devon. Here are some recommended places to visit in Devon, along with some brilliant activities.

Escape to Dartmoor

For anyone who craves wild places and solitude, Dartmoor National Park is a magical place. Epic open spaces, eerie ancient remains and the splendor of the tors await the outdoor-lover. There are fantastic walks and some superb outdoor pursuits including fine fly fishing, climbing and rafting. Take a look at the official site for more info:

Arts, Shopping and Café Culture in Totnes

With a creativity and independent spirit all of its own, Totnes is cool, colourful and packed with great little places to explore. The town itself is friendly and quirky, with fantastic arts, crafts and books. Discover more on Totnes at the official site:

Get creative at Dartington

Just on the doorstep of Totnes, Dartington is also well worth a visit for superb crafts, gifts and shopping. That said, you can also get involved yourself by checking out their range of art and craft courses in Devon. Full details can be found on the Dartington site:

National Trust Properties in South Devon

Several beautifully maintained heritage sites provide wonderful days for visitors within just a short drive. With stately premises, romantic woodlands and a great deal of history, Greenway is one of Devon's best loved places to visit for Agatha Christie fans. It was here that the Christie family spent many happy summers and the great lady would read her latest mysteries to guests.

Bradley Manor is another scenic stately home bursting with character and and grounds so pretty the visitor feels like they have stepped back in time. Or for an equally enchanting trip into the past, Compton Castle is a medieval site with plenty of things to see and connections with hostorical figures including Sir Walter Raleigh.

The South Hams

With miles of unspoiled coast, quiet coves and some of Devon's prettiest seaside towns, the South Hams are also with easy reach of Bickley Mill. Towns like Dartmouth and Kingsbridge are worth browsing on route, but perhaps the real highlight of the area is the beautiully varied coastline, much loved for walking, sailing and sea fishing. The Visit South Devon site has futher details.


Golf Courses and Golf Days in South Devon

For golfing breaks in Devon, there are several superb courses little more than a tee shot from our location. Dainton Park Golf Club is the nearest, with a splendid course and a welcoming, progressive ethos. Also nearby is Torquay Golf Course.

Visit the English Riviera

With a charming Victorian promenade, Sea Life Centre, Kent’s Cavern, shopping and heritage highlights, Torquay is always a popular destination for day trips in Devon. For a full roundup of attractions, plus current events, theatre shows and listings for the English Riviera.

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