Sitting between the majestic moor and sea, Newton Abbot is a great place to plan your itinerary or take some time out for a spot of shopping. The town is home to the famous Trago Mills - Devon's unique discount and leisure experience while the bustling town centre is thriving thanks to it's individuality and a wealth of independent retailers. Plus every Tuesday and Friday the town plays host to a very popular local farmer’s market.
Country parks and walks aplenty
It lies on the Templar Way walking route, which takes you from the heights of Haytor on Dartmoor all the way down to the sea at Teignmouth, following the old granite quarrying route. Buses are available to take you up to Haytor to start your trip – so you don’t need to worry about walking back again!
Stover Country Park sits on the Templar Way and boasts 114 acres of wildlife rich countryside. It’s good for pushchairs and those with limited mobility and features an aeriel walkway, a bird hide, a car park and picnic areas. You can also visit the Ted Hughes Memorial Trail here to read examples of Hughes' finest poems relating to the natural world on sixteen specially-designed 'poetry posts'. There's also the fantastic Decoy Country Park, with its award-winning children's play park.
A day at the races
If you fancy a flutter head over to Newton Abbot Racecourse, one of the UK’s leading summer jumps courses. It’s also home to regular antique fairs and car boot sales so you can spend your winnings!
Something a little different
For a day out which will keep the whole family happy visit Hannah’s at Seale Hayne. For a bit of relaxation and pampering pack your swimsuit and try out their well-being centre. Alternatively, take the children to the farm to visit the sheep and collect some eggs, enjoy local food at the café or head to the shops and art gallery – a day probably won’t be long enough.
Retreat & Relax at The Ilsington Country House Hotel. This family-run country house hotel on Dartmoor is bursting with traditional character and friendly service from people ready to make you feel at home. Few Dartmoor hotels in Devon can possess such a perfect setting as this one. Awarded a...