Walking and Cycling
Walks starting from Meadowland Farm include the southern loop of the Tarka Trail that passes through Dolton, Dowland and Iddesleigh where the Duke of York pub offers excellent food in a warm local atmosphere or you can take the bridal path across the Clinton Estate surrounding Lord Clinton's seat at Heanton Satchville before arriving at the Malt Scoop Inn in Merton where again food and warm hospitality await you in equal measure.
We are also located close to the Tarka Trail cycle path that runs from Braunton to Meeth and bicycles can be hired from either Tarka Bikes in Barnstaple or Torrington Cycle Hire - both are based in former railway stations on the Tarka Trail cycle path and provide parking.
We are 3.5 miles from the "ultimate angling experience" at Stafford Moor Fishery as well as being close to many other excellent course fisheries in the area.
The RHS Garden Rosemoor is only 10 minutes up the Torridge valley whilst there are many other lovely gardens in the County that are open to the public through the NGS Open Gardens Scheme and Open Gardens in Devon.
Libbaton Golf Club, High Bickington (8 miles)
Torrington Golf Club (10.5 miles)
Highbullen Golf & Country Club, Umberleigh (11 miles)
Okehampton Golf Club (13 miles)
Royal North Devon Golf Club, Westward Ho! (18 miles)
Saunton Golf Club (28 miles)
The National Trust
The National Trust in North Devon. Walk down to the sea through the beautiful Heddon Valley, a haven for wildlife and gateway to spectacular coastal and woodland walks or catch a ferry to Lundy Island, with its abundant wildlife and dramatic scenery. Explore wooded gorges and enjoy a cream tea at Watersmeet, or discover wild walks along the coast around Morte Point. For fabulous swimming and surfing, head for nearby Woolacombe and Croyde or discover the romance of the historic carriage collection at tranquil Arlington House.
Dartmoor and mid Devon. Set high above the Teign Gorge, on the northern edge of Dartmoor, Castle Drogo is the last castle to be built in England. Also on Dartmoor can be found steep-sided Lydford Gorge, with its 30-metre-high waterfall; Finch Foundry, the last remaining water-powered forge in England; the 16th-century Church House, in Widecombe; the riverside walks at Parke or family cycling and walking at Plymbridge.
On the western side of Dartmoor, set in its own sheltered valley, is Buckland Abbey, once home to Sir Francis Drake. Whilst on the eastern side of the county explore the garden, estate and fascinating costume collection at Killerton and the Gothic Revival splendour at Knightshayes Court.
Devon Wildlife Trust - Local Nature Reserves
Halsdon (1 mile)
Meeth Quarry (2.5 miles)
Ash Moor (2.5 miles)
National Parks in the SW
Dartmoor National Park - (Postbridge 32 miles)
Exmoor National Park - (Exford 33 miles)
Other Local Places of Interest
Barometer World, Merton (2.5 miles)
War Horse Valley Country Farm Park (3.5 miles)
Hatherleigh Local Market Town (6 miles) – Excellent market every Tuesday morning.
Dartington Crystal, Great Torrington (9 miles) – together with other outlet shops and a good restaurant / cafe.
Okehampton (13 miles)
Bideford (16 miles)
Atlantic Village Outlet Centre (Bideford) with over 30 major outlets.
The BIG Sheep (2 miles outside Bideford). Family all-weather adventure attraction. If you have a SatNav the postcode is: EX39 5AP
Barnstaple (19 miles). The Regional capital and seat of local government. As well as all the main shops (M&S etc) and a cinema complex, the town has a good pannier market that is open every day of the week and an excellent ”butchers’ and cheesemongers’ row”. The Tarka Railway line runs from Barnstaple to Exeter St Davids where it connects with main line services.
Exeter (29 miles). The beautiful and historic Roman city with its magnificent cathedral and top-flight university, Exeter is the rapidly-growing County capital sitting astride the M5, just 2 hours from London Paddington and with its own International airport.