A perfect location in the beautiful Tamar Valley
There’s much to visit and do nearby, here are a few of our local favourites…
There is lots to keep you occupied out and about close to Honicombe – take a look at some of the suggested local activities below or ask our local staff for more suggestions. The area is rural and best explored by foot, bike or by car but we can arrange taxis for you too – just ask at reception.
Tamar Valley – An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
Honicombe is located in the countryside of the Tamar Valley – so beautiful it has been designated an official Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). There are many walks, trails and paths throughout the valley to explore the natural wonders and historic tin mines of the area, as well as plenty of rural villages with welcoming local pubs and boutique shops. We can provide you with information on the best walks and trails in the area.
Calstock is a picturesque village situated right on the River Tamar with an impressive viaduct running across the valley. It is a great place to start a walking tour around the valley taking in the breathtaking views and peaceful scenery.
Enchanted and remote, Cotehele is a Medieval House that was owned by the Edgecumb family for nearly six centuries. It has beautiful walks and gardens leading down to the river Tamar from which you can take a boat trip. Superb collections of original furniture, armour and tapestries are housed in its rooms.
A medieval house now run by the National Trust and open to the public, this grand house is only minutes away from Honicombe by car. The impressive building and gardens are a great place to explore with exhibitions and events running all year around.
A lost world, deep in the Tamar Valley, the Morwellham Quay living museum is a restored port once used for shipping copper ore down the river. With working demonstrations and characters from days gone by, you will be transported back to the bustling 1860’s, where you can visit an underground mine, Victorian farm and nature reserve while soaking up the atmosphere. This is a great fun and educational day out for all the family.
Tree surfing is a great way to get a bird’s eye view and get the blood pumping! For an adrenaline-filled adventure for all the family, take a trip to Tree Surfers and explore the woodland from 50 feet up in the air, navigating the specially designed trail of swings, bridges, wooden walkways and zip wires. And if that is not enough, the Tree Jump allows you to “fall” 40 feet through the trees in one heart-stopping bound – an experience not for the faint hearted!
Coastal villages and the South West Coastal Path
Dotted all along the south coast of Cornwall you will find plenty of welcoming coastal communities, beaches and fishing villages. All with their own unique charm, they will keep families and children entertained on the beautiful sandy beaches and stunning cliffs.
Whitsand Bay is the nearest sandy beach to your base at Honicombe, in Cornwall’s forgotten corner, close to Torpoint. Visit Rame Head, Freathy and Tregantle with their excellent clean sandy beaches.
If you want to explore further on foot, the South West Coastal Path offers guides and maps on the public footpaths along this stunning stretch of coastline. A little further the popular seaside destinations of Looe, Polperro and Newquay are easily accessible.
A classic West Country Market town and a shoppers delight with local produce and independent boutiques! Situated on the South West edge of the Dartmoor National Park and a 30 minute drive from Honicombe, Tavistock is famous for being the birthplace of Sir Francis Drake and for its annual “Goosey Fair”. The re-designed Wharf is now a bustling entertainment area with live concerts, theatre, cinema, art gallery and piano bar, whilst the town retains it’s market-soul with a permanent covered market and a regular farmers’ market attracting visitors from miles around to sample local delights.
Dartmoor National Park
Dartmoor National Park is where you can escape the hustle and bustle of modern life, sip a pint of real Dartmoor ale, devour fresh home baked bread and farmhouse cheddars while watching the sight of the famous Dartmoor ponies roaming free. Search for bronze age tombs, stone huts, trace the boundaries of hill forts and castles, then stumble across the forbidding sight of Princetown Gaol. Built in 1806 to house Napoleonic prisoners of war, but still in use today, this prison once had between seven to nine thousand prisoners crammed into it.
Take a much needed rest in the pretty village of Widdecombe- in–the-Moor famous for its annual Widdecombe Fair. Choose to go horse riding at Chowell Farm, whether you are experienced or a novice, discover a great holiday thrill riding on the open moor, all rides are escorted and qualified tuition is available, please ask at our reception for more details.
Tamar Valley Donkey Park
Cornwall’s only donkey sanctuary and located within 10 minutes walk from Honicombe, theTamar Valley Donkey Park houses over 25 donkeys on site for you to pet and interact with. Visit the pet goats, ferrets, pigs, sheep, rabbits, chicken enclosures and play in the adventure playgrounds, or even adopt a donkey to help with the costs of looking after these gentle animals.
Launceston Steam Railway and Castle
Fantastic views are on offer both from the ramparts of the impressive Norman-era Launceston Castle and the recently refurbished Launceston Steam Railway. Travel through the countryside in style viewing the glorious countryside from steam locomotives built in Victoria’s reign and soak up the history of the area.
Plymouth and the Barbican Maritime Village
In the olden days, seafarers set sail from the ancient heart of the city of Plymouth; a short trip across the river from Honicombe. Some famous explorers who set sail from this naval town include Drake and Raleigh and of course The Pilgrim Fathers who sailed from the famous Mayflower steps to the New World on the good ship “The Mayflower”. Walk the cobbled streets and quayside now packed with cafes and bars like Tanners Restaurant run by brothers Chris and James Tanner of “Ready, Steady, Cook” and “Saturday Kitchen Fame” or the World renown Cap’n Jaspers Burger Bar. Soak up the area’s cosmopolitan atmosphere, visit the Barbican Glassworks where you can watch the glassblowers at work and next door marvel at the wonders of the deep at The National Maritime Aquarium. End your day out with a visit to The Black Friars Distillery the home of Plymouth Gin where you can relax and eat or enjoy a tipple in its brasserie bar.
The most ambitious project of its kind and one of the top attractions in the UK, a visit to Cornwall wouldn’t be complete without visiting the fantastic Eden Project. Eden is a living demonstration of regeneration and aims to reconnect people with their environments locally and globally. They will take you on a tour of local and tropical plants explaining just why these natural ecosystems are so important and valuable to our future.