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{"LocationDetails":{"Id":799,"Name":"Newton Abbot","Description":"\u003ch1\u003eOur guide to holidays in Newton Abbot\u003c/h1\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003ePerfectly positioned to explore South Devon\u0026rsquo;s best-loved days out, the historic market town of Newton Abbot makes a popular base for walkers, families and those of you who are just dreaming of some time out close to the countryside.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eWith a reputation as a great day out thanks to its racecourse, and traditional markets throughout the month to tempt those of you keen to sample the foodie side of Devon, there\u0026rsquo;s a sense of community spirit throughout Newton Abbot that means you get to experience a little of real Devon life during your holiday.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eIf you fancy pulling on your hiking boots and discovering the wide open beauty of Dartmoor National Park, you\u0026rsquo;ll find it less than 20 minutes away by car. Famous for its dramatic, unspoilt landscape, Dartmoor makes just the setting for that long walk and a sneaky stop off for a pub lunch during your Newton Abbot holiday.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eOr, for those long sunny days on the beach enjoying the South Devon climate, you\u0026rsquo;ll find Torbay less than 15 minutes away by car, and that means some of the finest beaches in the South West almost on your doorstep. With its palm-lined seafront and family attractions, Torquay\u0026rsquo;s the perfect day out during a family escape.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003ch2\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eThings to do in Newton Abbot\u003c/strong\u003e\u003c/h2\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eLet\u0026rsquo;s start with its most popular attraction \u0026ndash; Newton Abbot Racecourse. Don\u0026rsquo;t worry if you don\u0026rsquo;t know the first thing about horse racing, this is one of the best days out in the region. Prince Charles himself rode his last ever horse race on a horse belonging to the Queen Mother at this very course, and with 150 years of history to its name it\u0026rsquo;s a great day out and a part of Devon\u0026rsquo;s culture.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eAs a traditional market town, it\u0026rsquo;s only right that you experience at least one of the local markets during your Newton Abbot holiday. You\u0026rsquo;ll find a Pannier market in the historic Butter Market building every week, and the annual autumn fayre takes place in Courtenay Street every September. Or, how about the Farmers\u0026rsquo; and Produce market which takes place every Tuesday and Friday from 9am until 3pm?\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eNow for something the kids are going to love\u0026hellip;well actually, everyone loves this one \u0026ndash; the Prickly Ball Farm\u0026rsquo;s home to a hedgehog rescue hospital. Found in the village of East Ogwell, just on the outskirts of the town, this attraction welcomes visitors to pop in and say hi to some of the furry residents \u0026ndash; and who can resist a rescued hedgehog? There\u0026rsquo;s a farm shop on site too, so you\u0026rsquo;ll have the perfect opportunity to sample some of the region\u0026rsquo;s produce.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eNow for one of the quirkier things to do in Newton Abbot\u0026hellip;the House of Marbles. Found in Bovey Tracey just outside of the town, this attraction\u0026rsquo;s all about the good old fashioned marble. Set in a historic pottery, this working glass and games factory shows you everything you need to know about the marble, and the shop\u0026rsquo;s great fun too.\u0026nbsp;\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003ch2\u003ePlaces to visit in Newton Abbot\u003c/h2\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eThere\u0026rsquo;s a well-kept secret on the outskirts of Newton Abbot, in the form of Stover Country Park. Set around a huge and very peaceful lake, the park makes a beautiful spot for a quiet walk. You\u0026rsquo;ll find trails and sculptures as you make your way around, and if you find yourself in the mood to escape the hustle and bustle and just breathe during your holiday then this is the place to come.\u0026nbsp;Seale Hayne hosts regular art events and exhibitions throughout the year too, so check what\u0026rsquo;s on during your stay nearby.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eSpeaking of secrets, we\u0026rsquo;ll let you in on another one\u0026hellip;Seale Hayne. Around a 15 minute drive from Newton Abbot (close to Ashburton), this stately home was once an agricultural cottage and then a military hospital, and its views across the countryside are spectacular. It\u0026rsquo;s also home to Hannah\u0026rsquo;s bistro, one of the best places to get a Sunday roast in the region. Trust us, these guys serve up fantastic food in an elegant wood-panelled room, and the whole site is accessible.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","Alias":"newton-abbot","MainImageLocation":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/102/2016/10/iStock_78355319_LARGE.jpg/carousel.jpg","PointOfInterests":[{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Gidleigh Park","Body":"\u003cp\u003eGidleigh Park is the South West\u0026rsquo;s most prestigious restaurant, and it\u0026rsquo;s got awards and accolades aplenty. Named the Best Restaurant in the South West by the Sunday Times Food List, Gidleigh Park was also voted as having the Best Wine List and came second for Best Service. So that\u0026rsquo;s the Sunday Times wowed by the food, wine and service...what more can we say?\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eMichael Caines MBE and his team have impressed their diners for 13 years, and with set and taster menus available for lunch and dinner sittings the restaurant is one of those food lovers should visit at least once. Gidleigh Park is the home of fine dining in Devon, and you can\u0026rsquo;t get much fresher than herbs and veg grown just metres from the kitchen \u0026ndash; yes that\u0026rsquo;s right, much of the produce used in the dishes is grown in the restaurant\u0026rsquo;s very own Kitchen Garden. As the seasons change so do the menus, so diners can enjoy the best flavours of the moment at any time of year.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe wine cellar is almost as impressive as the restaurant itself, and those who can\u0026rsquo;t resist a peek at the 1100 bins it stores can ask for a personal visit. 10,000 bottles are stored in the cellar, so there\u0026rsquo;s always a huge selection of wines waiting to complement the menu.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eGidleigh Park operates a dress code, so it\u0026rsquo;s shirts with collars for the gentlemen and they ask that diners don\u0026rsquo;t wear denim or trainers. Children are welcome but they must be over 8. Tucked in peaceful countryside, Gidleigh Park offers an experience its visitors never forget \u0026ndash; from the location, to the food and that special service that helps diners to relax, and more than 8000 voters would recommend it to visitors.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":50.6765,"LocationLongitude":-3.87367,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/102/2014/05/Gidleigh Park.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"devon/dartmoor-country/gidleigh-park","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/102/2014/05/Gidleigh Park.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Hiking on Dartmoor ","Body":"\u003cp\u003eWhen it comes to hiking in Devon you can\u0026rsquo;t beat Dartmoor. With its wide open landscape that sprawls a leg-stretching 369 square miles, the national park is a playground for those of you who live to walk. Dartmoor\u0026rsquo;s ruggedness and varied history mean there\u0026rsquo;s no shortage of things to see or themed routes to follow too, so it\u0026rsquo;s just a question of what you fancy exploring.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eDartmoor is a tapestry of wooded valleys worthy of fairy tales and windswept tors to inspire the imagination - and summer sees hikers from all over the country make a beeline for it. Devon\u0026rsquo;s national park is dotted with mysterious remains from prehistoric times, ancient sites and the marks of its industrial past. Whichever section you choose to tackle on foot, you\u0026rsquo;ll pass something fascinating along the way that\u0026rsquo;ll make your hike unique.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eYou\u0026rsquo;ll be able to cross ancient streams using clapper bridges, study stone circles and ponder their meanings or peer at the ponies that have made the moor their home. Choose from 450 miles of public rights of way or try your hand (and feet!) at the art of letterboxing! Follow the clues that lead walkers from letterbox to letterbox across the moor and stamp your book at each one to show you made it. Letterboxing has been a local hobby since 1854, and you\u0026rsquo;ll see many still enjoying it as you go.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eCheck out the weather before you go as Dartmoor can be prone to quick changes in conditions, and make sure you pack for every element.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":true,"LocationLatitude":50.5719,"LocationLongitude":-3.92116,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/2013/05/1368531504.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"devon/newton-abbot/hiking-on-dartmoor","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/2013/05/1368531504.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Ashburton Cookery School","Body":"\u003cp\u003eDartmoor always drums up thoughts of warm cottages and hearty meals, so what better place to learn a new confidence in your cooking? Ashburton Cookery School offers imaginative courses in the art of cooking from its purpose built academy in the heart of stunning Dartmoor. There are more than 40 courses to choose from, and its team of professional chef tutors get the best from cooks of all ages and levels.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eDo you wish you could cook up something special for your family, or impress your friends when they come over instead of order in? Choose from one day, weekend or five day courses to equip you with the skills and confidence to get passionate about food.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eCourses include traditional bread making, delightful bites for dinner parties, fish and seafood and modern British. In fact, there\u0026rsquo;s a class for nearly every major world food, and if you want to be able to serve up the best tastes of Devon there\u0026rsquo;s even a Taste of the West Country course.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eWith more than ten years\u0026rsquo; experience at training budding cooks, Ashburton Cookery School is one of the most established culinary schools in the South West. You\u0026rsquo;ll be given plenty of one on one time to make sure you\u0026rsquo;re picking things up as you go, and no class is ever larger than 16 people.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":50.5223,"LocationLongitude":-3.74206,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/2013/04/1364822099.JPG/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"devon/dartmoor-country/ashburton-cookery-school","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/2013/04/1364822099.JPG/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Bovey Castle","Body":"\u003cp\u003eBovey Castle is all about enjoying the finer things in life in a grand setting, so it\u0026rsquo;s no wonder it\u0026rsquo;s an ever-popular location for a day of pampering. Even the booking and planning is made as relaxing as possible thanks to clear spa day packages that include every detail. You\u0026rsquo;ll be greeted on arrival and you car will be parked, leaving you time to sit back and admire the valley views until your therapist is ready to get started. You\u0026rsquo;ll enjoy a range of spa treatments, a lunch and full use of the beautiful Art Deco pool...bliss.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eChoose between a half day or a full day package and get ready to forget your troubles and enjoy some time that\u0026rsquo;s all about you. The two course lunch will be taken in the Castle Bistro, so the full day package is an unforgettable experience. It also includes a body envelopment treatment, and the choice of a firming facial or a healing facial. The packages are flexible too, so you\u0026rsquo;ll have the choice of a combination of both facials or even one in the morning and one before you leave.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eBovey Castle is surrounded by Dartmoor National Park, so you\u0026rsquo;ll feel a world away even before the treatments start. There\u0026rsquo;s a golf course onsite too, so if you fancy taking some time out while your partner practices his swing it makes a great location for both. Bovey Castle is pet friendly too, so you won\u0026rsquo;t even have to worry about where to leave your dog.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":50.6477,"LocationLongitude":-3.80198,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/102/2013/06/Pool.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"devon/dartmoor-country/bovey-castle","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/102/2013/06/Pool.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"The Princess Theatre","Body":"\u003cp\u003eYou can\u0026rsquo;t miss the Princess Theatre in Torquay, it stands right on the seafront beside the Princess Gardens, and it isn\u0026rsquo;t only a prominent feature of the town but of its entertainment scene too. Breaking the tradition of the seaside theatre, it hosts major shows and musicals every year, bringing the biggest characters and most talked about performances to the bay.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe stage was first graced by Tommy Cooper and the comedy legends Morcambe and Wise, and since then it\u0026rsquo;s gone on to present the finest faces of stage and screen. The Princess Theatre has hosted Grease, Chicago, Starlight Express, Derren Brown, That\u0026rsquo;ll Be the Day, Jimmy Carr, David Essex, Jim Davidson, Legally Blonde, Priscilla Queen of the Desert and hundreds more shows.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eThere are no booking fees for group bookings of ten or more and all patrons can book hospitality packages in advance to make the evening even more special. Oh and how could we forget, the Princess Theatre plays host to the annual Christmas pantomime (oh yes it does...). Breezes restaurant and bar inside the theatre enjoy incredible sea views thanks to its waterside location, so it\u0026rsquo;s worth booking a table for dinner before the show. There are five wheelchair spaces available at the theatre, and there are also carer seats located beside or behind them.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":50.4614,"LocationLongitude":-3.5299,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/2013/03/1364655655.JPG/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"devon/torquay/the-princess-theatre","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/2013/03/1364655655.JPG/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Babbacombe Model Village","Body":"\u003cp\u003eSet in four acres of beautiful gardens, Babbacombe Model Village has always been a firm family favourite when it comes to Torquay days out, and this attraction has definitely mastered life in miniature. Somebody behind the scenes at the village has a hilarious sense of humour, and half the fun of a visit is spotting the tongue in cheek scenarios, names and fiascos as you wander the sloping grounds.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe 4D cinema adds to the fun, and there\u0026rsquo;s always a seasonal short film to experience before you\u0026rsquo;re let loose on the smaller version of the world. Babbacombe Model Village may be a small kingdom, but it\u0026rsquo;s always up to date \u0026ndash; and this year\u0026rsquo;s newest attraction is the Shard which comes complete with evening illuminations throughout the season. As the attraction marks 50 years of making visitors feel like walking giants, the Shard illuminations are set for evening openings for those who want to experience the village after nightfall.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eSpeaking of which, it may look pretty by day but the Halloween tours see the model village transformed into an eerie attraction where nothing is as it seems. Suitable for the whole family, the tours take visitors behind the scenes in the ghostly spirit of the season, so look out for the dates throughout October.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":50.4828,"LocationLongitude":-3.5208,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/JosephG/2013/06/Babbacombe_Model_Village_Large.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"torbay/torquay/babbacombe-model-village","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/JosephG/2013/06/Babbacombe_Model_Village_Large.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Kents Cavern","Body":"\u003cp\u003eDiscover Britain\u0026rsquo;s most important prehistoric cave dwelling, the fascinating Kents Cavern in the heart of Torquay. Imagine the earliest residents of the English Riviera making the caves their home and get up close to relics from the prehistoric world found right on the site of Kents Cavern. The caves have stunned geologists around the world with their secrets, and the attraction forms part of UNESCO\u0026rsquo;s English Riviera Global Geopark.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eVisitors receive guided tours through the many caves and passages, stopping to marvel at stalactites and stalagmites that have been millennia in the making. The rocks have been moulded into some uncanny formations over the years, and it\u0026rsquo;s fun to see if you can spot the face in the wall, the wedding cake or the chandelier. The caves are open every day of the year, and no matter when you venture into them they\u0026rsquo;ll always feel very chilly, so don\u0026rsquo;t forget to take a jumper with you.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eKent Cavern hit the news recently when a jawbone discovered in its depths was announced the oldest human fossil in north-western Europe. The bone proved that Neanderthals and early humans lived side by side, at least for a time, ending years of scientific doubt and debate. Kents Cavern is suitable for children as there are flat walkways throughout, but it can be slippery in places. The kids\u0026rsquo; activity area makes the attraction great fun for younger visitors, and the Woodland Trail outside is great fun too.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":true,"LocationLatitude":50.4682,"LocationLongitude":-3.50306,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/2013/05/1368612893.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"devon/torquay/kents-cavern","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/2013/05/1368612893.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Dartmoor Zoo","Body":"\u003cp\u003eYou may just have heard of a little film called \u0026#39;We Bought a Zoo\u0026#39;...well now you can visit the place where the blockbuster started. The true story depicted by Matt Damon and Scarlett Johansson actually happened here in the wilderness of Dartmoor, and you may even catch sight of Benjamin Mee and his children as they go about the daily business of tending their animals.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eClose to Plymouth, the zoo is set in 33 acres of unspoilt woodland and enjoys some of the best views on Dartmoor. Known for its fascinating collection of big cats, the zoo is home to tigers, lions, jaguar, bears monkeys and all kinds of other animals. Animal enrichment sessions mean visitors can watch in awe as the big cats pounce for their meat just as they would in the wild, and the zoo\u0026rsquo;s story means it\u0026rsquo;s one of Devon\u0026rsquo;s most unusual attractions.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eThere\u0026rsquo;s plenty of wide open space to enjoy the zoo in your own time, and children are free to make the most of the outdoors and run free during their visit. Picnics are welcome throughout the zoo, and the keepers welcome questions. This is one of the country\u0026rsquo;s most relaxed animal parks, and since inspiring the silver screen it\u0026rsquo;s also one of the most famous. If the touching tale of the zoo has passed you by, brush up before your visit with Benjamin\u0026rsquo;s book \u0026lsquo;We Bought a Zoo\u0026rsquo;.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":true,"LocationLatitude":50.4075,"LocationLongitude":-3.99615,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/102/2013/06/leopard.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"devon/dartmoor-country/dartmoor-zoo","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/102/2013/06/leopard.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Living Coasts","Body":"\u003cp\u003eThe Living Coasts, at Torquay Harbour, is a unique coastal zoo with the chance to get up close to some friendly seaside animals! The penguins which roam freely amongst visitors never fail to delight, and children love to watch the keepers feed the residents. You may even hear some stories about them while they feast on their fish.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eLiving Coasts is packed with photo opportunities as the penguins roam at visitors\u0026rsquo; feet, so don\u0026rsquo;t forget the camera. There\u0026rsquo;s more good news, you can buy a joint ticket that includes Paignton Zoo and save money on your entry fees, just ask at the ticket office.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eWander the world\u0026rsquo;s coasts as you visit the animals that originate from them, and don\u0026rsquo;t worry if it\u0026rsquo;s a wet day as there are plenty of aquariums and exhibits inside too. You\u0026rsquo;ll not only be able to watch the penguins go about their business on their private beach, but they\u0026rsquo;re also free to roam amongst visitors and they even have their own zebra crossing to help them cut through the crowds. Underground tanks mean you can watch them dip and dive too, so this is a great place to get closer than ever to the beaky residents.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eLiving Coasts is also home to the Otter Rapids, sting rays, sea lions and much more. There are activities for children to take part in on their way around, and the cafe enjoys uninterrupted views out to sea. Sitting outside on the terrace on a sunny day is one of the best parts of a visit, and as Living Coasts is a charity you\u0026rsquo;ll be helping the cause as you enjoy the attraction.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":true,"LocationLatitude":50.4576,"LocationLongitude":-3.52476,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/james.lund/2013/08/Penguin Crossing.JPG/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"torbay/torquay/living-coasts","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/james.lund/2013/08/Penguin Crossing.JPG/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Becky Falls","Body":"\u003cp\u003eDiscover an exhilarating Dartmoor waterfall tucked away in the woods, and take your pick of colour coded trails for the whole family. Dogs are welcome on all of the woodland trails (although not at the waterfall) and each one has been carefully graded to help you choose the right one for your clan. The walks are a great opportunity to explore this secluded area of Dartmoor and discover why Becky Falls is one of the county\u0026rsquo;s most popular attractions.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe blue trail is the easiest of the four, and as it\u0026rsquo;s mostly flat it\u0026rsquo;s not too difficult (even for those of us who aren\u0026rsquo;t quite in Olympic shape!). This walk includes the Children\u0026rsquo;s Nature Trail competition, so if you\u0026rsquo;re with little ones they\u0026rsquo;ll have something to do as they walk. The walk should take around 40 minutes, and there are some steps along the way. If you\u0026rsquo;re wearing sensible shoes and feeling up for a challenge try your hand at the red or purple trails or (and this one is really daring) the boulder clamber!\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eBecky Falls has attracted visitors to Devon since 1903, and you\u0026rsquo;ll soon understand why the years have seen it inspire poets, writers and romantics. Aside from the gift shop, the site has changed very little since this woodland valley first appeared on the tourist map. The opening times for this attraction are very dependent on the weather, so if in doubt it\u0026rsquo;s best to call ahead and check before starting your journey.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":50.6065,"LocationLongitude":-3.75594,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/102/2013/07/waterfall.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"devon/dartmoor-country/becky-falls","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/102/2013/07/waterfall.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Stover Country Park","Body":"\u003cp\u003eStover Country Park is home to 114 acres of prime dog walking terrain, and it\u0026rsquo;s got it all \u0026ndash; from lakes to woodland, heathland and marshland. The car park charges are \u0026pound;1 for up to two hours or \u0026pound;3 for the whole day (all money is invested back in to the park). Dotted with picnic areas, the park attracts families and dog owners throughout the year \u0026ndash; and there\u0026rsquo;s a lot to see as you wander.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eStover Country Park may have a refreshing feel of being away from the hustle and bustle, but it\u0026rsquo;s carefully tended and includes information along the way so that you don\u0026rsquo;t miss anything.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eYou\u0026rsquo;ll find a Nature Interpretation Centre close to the entrance, which has visitor information, toilets and a rangers\u0026rsquo; office. If you\u0026rsquo;ve got children with you they can learn more about what lives in the park in the way of wildlife and plants, so this should be a fun place for a walk with the whole family. Also, Stover Country Park is home to 24 of the 26 different species of dragonfly found in Devon, so you may well spot your share of interesting marshland and woodland life!\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eVisitors can follow a whole network of surfaced (and unsurfaced) pathways amidst a wide range of wildlife habitats. 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If you start in the first car park after passing Haytor village you can cross the road opposite and start to follow the path on the other side. Visitors are free to climb Hay Tor is they fancy it, but the hand rails are no longer there as they were objected to by some and eventually rusted!\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eWhen you come to a fork in the road, follow the disused tramway and you\u0026rsquo;ll soon come to one of the routes most interesting sights. You\u0026rsquo;ll be able to see ancient hut circles still visible. Thought to be the homes of Dartmoor\u0026rsquo;s earliest farmers, hut circles dot the moor and have fascinated archaeologists for decades.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe path continues through this site to Holwell Tor is often overlooked in the shadow of the looming Hay Tor, but just half a mile away it\u0026rsquo;s also extremely picturesque. Head west from here towards Saddle Tor and choose which of the numerous paths to follow. 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