• Lindsey

Devon Day Trip Ideas From Torquay - Part 3

Updated: Dec 7, 2021

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If you want to see the best view in Devon, take a drive 40 minutes west from Torquay up to Dartmoor National Park. You'll be very thankful that you did.

Haytor is the most famous of all the rocky granite tors on Dartmoor, and arguably the most impressive. There is a large National Trust car park at the bottom of Haytor that has plenty of spaces to accommodate a lot of visitors. You can either park in this car park, or if you don't want such a steep climb up to the top, there is another smaller car park a little further up on the left that gives you an easier ascent to the tor. However, as far as walks go, this one is pretty easy and accessible.

At the top of Haytor there is a panoramic view across Devon, that looks out to the coast. It is truly stunning. If you've got kids with you, they'll love climbing all over the rocks and hiding in its many nooks and crags. When you walk back down the slope towards the car park, you'll be rewarded with the stunning view as your backdrop.

For lunch we recommend the tasty, well priced, family friendly Ullacombe Farm.

Here you can sample good local produce cooked exceedingly well.

After lunch, drive for 10 to 15 minutes back up the hill towards Haytor. About a mile or so past Haytor there is a right-hand turn towards Houndtor. Everything is very well signed posted.

Houndtor is famous for being (in part) the inspiration for Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes. Again, there is a large car park at the bottom. Park up here and climb up to the tor where are you will see beautiful views across a different part of Dartmoor. Kids love it here and it's an easy climb up.

LOCAL'S TIP: Follow the path down the other side of Houndtor for 15-20 minutes and you will find a magical little stream that is makes a wonderful spot for a picnic or a paddle. You'll probably see at least one family heading down there, which will help guide the way.

From here you could either head back to Torquay or visit one of Dartmoor's beautiful little villages, like Widdecombe-in-the-Moor, or one of the many other spectacular granite tors. Dartmoor has so much to offer hikers, families, holidaymakers and nature lovers. A trip to Devon is really not complete without a visit.

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