West Down House Holiday Cottages, Bradworthy, Holsworthy, Devon

Bradworthy, Holsworthy, Devon, EX22 7RZ
Telephone: 01409 241 400
E-Mail: mail@WestDownHouse.co.uk

Places Of Interest

Popular Attractions and Places of Interest

Throughout the year there are many activities available locally and places to visit to suit all tastes, abilities and ages. We are an ideal base for exploring, outdoor adventure activities or for relaxing, sitting back and letting it all just pass you by.

Ruby Country

This area is known as Ruby Country after the breed of ruby red cattle that was dominant in Devon in the C19th. A hardy, docile breed with a rich red coat the Ruby was taken to America and farmed by the Pilgrim Fathers. The area also offers some of the country's finest examples of Culm grassland an important wildlife habitat. The major rivers of the Tamar, Torridge and Taw start and flow through the area creating beautiful scenery and a wonderful habitat for wildlife including birds and otters.

Local Places With Historical Associations

Soak up the area's rich and diverse history. Visit Clovelly, an ancient fishing village with narrow cobbled streets, perched on dramatic cliffs; romantic Tintagel with its Arthurian legends; and the civil war sites at Stamford Hill and Great Torrington. Marvel at the harsh, remote beauty of Hartland Quay where people have battled against the sea for centuries. Discover the Quay's origins and how it was funded by the Elizabethans' sea trading.

Explore the fascinating and partially restored Bude Canal. Using inclined planes, a sea lock (apparently one of only two remaining in the country) amd the massive Bude breakwater the 35 mile long canal was an amazing feat of engineering and allowed ships to enter the small bay and unload along wharves at high tide. The canal used specially designed tubboats and rails to transport sand and lime (to improve and enrich local farmland), coal and other goods to previously remote inland areas;

Historic figures with local associations include: Thomas Hardy, Boscastle; Tennyson, Tintagel; Charles Kingsley, Bideford; John Wesley, Launceston; the eccentric Reverend Robert Hawker, Morwenstow; Daphne Du Maurier, Jamaica Inn on lonely Bodmin Moor and Henry Williamson, author of Tarka the Otter, set around the beautiful Taw and Torridge valleys. Visit the beautiful and inspiring 40 acre gardens of the Royal Horticultural Society at Rosemoor.

The breathtaking local scenery has been featured in many films and television programmes. Most recently scenes from the BBC's Down to Earth series have been filmed in the area whilst ITV's Doc Martin is based in Port Isaac just down the coast. Occasionally our guests spot famous faces on their travels around the area.

Attractions and Places Popular With Our Guests

Clovelly, Boscastle, Buck's Mills, Lundy Island, Lynton & Lynmouth, Lydford Gorge, Hartland Point, Hartland Quay, Appledore, Instow

Hartland Quay

Gardens - RHS Rosemoor, Docton Mill, Tapeley Park, Marwood Hill

Cycling - Meander along miles of local traffic-free cycleways including around Upper Tamar Lake, the Tarka Trail, the Camel Trail and the Granite Way as well as National cycle routes. Local bicycle hire available.

Tarka Trail

Tamar Otter Sanctuary, Exmoor Zoological Park, Northam Burrows Country Park

Historic buildings- Arlington Court, Bodmin Gaol, Hartland Abbey, Lanhydrock, Castle Drogo, Cotehele, Jamaica Inn, Pencarrow, Wesley's Cottage

Castles - Launceston, Lydford, Tintagel, Okehampton, Barnstaple (green & mound only)

Crafts - Dartington Crystal, Barometer World

Museums - Barnstaple, Bideford, Bude, Holsworthy, Launceston, Okehampton, South Molton, Torrington, Hartland Quay

Beaches - Sandymouth, Bude, Widemouth, Duckpool, Northcott Mouth, Crackington Haven, Westward Ho!, Instow, Saunton Sands, Croyde, Woolacombe, Northam Burrows and Braunton Burrows.

Crooklets Beach Budes Cornwall

Sand, sea and surf at Crooklets beach at Bude in Cornwall

 Ducpool Beach Cornwall

Breathtaking nearby Duckpool beach in Cornwall

Lakes - Upper and Lower Tamar Lakes, Roadford, Melbury, Jennetts, Crowdy, Darracott, Siblyback, Colliford. For a relaxing day out visit one of the lakes in the South West with watersports, fishing, walking and tea-rooms. There is something for everyone with South West Lakes Trust

 Upper Tamar Lake

A view across Upper Tamar Lake for watersports, cycling, walking and birdwatching.

Woodland / Forest trails - Brownsham, Combe, Cookworthy Forest (850 ha), Lydford Gorge

Public swimming pools - Bude, Holsworthy, Northam, Okehampton, Torrington

Leisure Centre - Bude, Holsworthy, Barnstaple, Bideford

Pannier markets - Barnstaple, Bideford, Holsworthy

Shopping - Atlantic Village, Barnstaple, Bideford, Holsworthy, Launceston, Okehampton

Theatres - Barnstaple, Exeter, Plymouth, Ilfracombe

Family entertainment & general interest:- The Milky Way, The BIG Sheep (all weather attraction), The Gnome Reserve, Quince Honey Farm, Harlequins play area and Bowling alley at Bude, Launceston Steam Railway, Miniature Pony Centre, Torrington 1646 Civil War Heritage Centre, Morwellham Quay, Cobbaton Combat Collection, Exmoor Steam Railway, Watermouth Castle, Combe Martin Dinosaur & Wildlife Park, Atlantic Village.

Clay pigeon shooting nearby at Tamar Shooting Ground. Field archery also available locally.

Take the opportunity to explore the West Country peninsula. Exeter (Cathedral, river, underground tunnels, museum, shops), Plymouth (National Marine Aquarium, The Hoe, Barbican, Plymouth Dome, shops), Truro, Padstow, Land's End, The Lost Gardens of Heligan, Paignton Zoo, Newquay (zoo, Fistral beach) and the Eden Project make fascinating day trips.

Highlights of our week Tintagel & Clovelly and coming home to this lovely cosy cottage. Will return when in West Country again and will certainly recommend to our colleagues.. Thank you for a lovely stay.
  Mr & Mrs M, Hailsham, East Sussex
Places Of Interest