Local Area Information

Things To Do


The Milky Way Adventure Park

About 25 minutes in the car, a wonderful way to entertain the younger members of the family.

North Devon Wakeboarding and Aqua Park

Activities for all the family, and even the teenagers will love it! Wakeboarding, aqua park with inflatables, Ringos and more.  This will tire out even the most energetic children (and adults)!

The Hidden Valley Discovery Park

An excellent adventure about 25 miles away in Launceston. Puzzle trails, miniature railway, Forbidden Mansion, the magical village of Tremuddlewick…… Dogs welcome on the outside trails.


Wiggly Woods Dog Fields

Less than 20 minutes away, hire exclusive use of secure a 2 acre paddock or a 30 acre field/woodland paradise for your dog/dogs. Very reasonably priced, there’s even a people toilet in the site! They only a ceptone booking at a time, so this is particularly perfect for reactive dogs. Book well ahead, it’s very popular.


Tapeley Park Gardens and Grounds

About 40 minutes away, visit the beautiful gardens with Italian terraces, woodlands, a lake, monuments and sculptures.  Dogs are welcome everywhere, including the lovely Tea Room! Maybe then go for a paddle on nearby Instow beach…

Arms of Old Archery

Literally over the road, a real find for archery enthusiasts. 

The Dartington Crystal Visitor Centre and Factory Experience 

A magical day out for the whole family, dogs welcome too with the exception of the factory.

Brickyard Farm Shop

A short 5 minute drive, well worth it for some really spectacular local produce.


Walking/Cycling

We are right on the Ruby Way which is a little loop off the famous Tarka Trail.  The Tarka Trail itself can be picked up in The lovely nearby town of Hatherleigh, about 4 miles away. A few minutes by car or a short cycle along the Ruby Way. It is a 180 mile, figure-eight loop inspired by the route travelled by Tarka the Otter. Unspoiled countryside, dramatic sea cliffs and the longest, continuous cycle path in the UK are waiting to be discovered. Walking or cycling, The Tarka Trail offers the best way to experience the beauty of North Devon.  

Golf

There are several excellent golf courses within half an hour’s drive.


Gotland Gin Distillery

Literally half a mile from the Bolthole!  This is an incredible experience,  visit their website to see the beautiful outdoor bar and all the different things to see and do.

Launceston Steam Railway

About half an hour away, an enchanting narrow gauge railway offers train rides through the unspoilt countryside of the Kelsey Valley in Cornwall. All trains are hauled by lovingly restored Victorian steam locomotives. Check the website for operating schedules.


Horse Riding

The very popular Garlands Farm Riding Centre is only a few minutes away.  Offering lessons and riding experiences for all ages and abilities, and there’s nothing quite as special as a trek through beautiful Devon forests on horseback.

Fishing

In addition to the small lake onsite, keen fishermen will be delighted with the variety of nearby facilities. Check out Legge Farm Coarse Fishery, Anglers Paradise or Highampton Lakes to name a few.

Beaches

The spectacular North Devon and Cornwall coasts are within easy reach.  Try Devon’s Widemouth Bay or Cornwall’s famous Summerleaze Beach in Bude which is dog friendly all year round.

Explore Cornwall

The Bolthole is an ideal base from which to explore Cornwall. Visit the pretty fishing villages of Padstow, Clovelly, Rock and Port Isaac (made famous by Doc Martin!). Explore the mystical Tintagel and learn about its legends of King Arthur.

 

Walking/Nature

The wild beauty of Exmoor, Dartmoor, Bodmin Moor and the world famous Eden Project are all easily accessible and perfect for walkers and nature lovers.

Food and Drink

Ok, this is the important bit…

Real ale fan? A 10 minute walk along the Ruby Way (past the lake, out of the gate and turn left) and you’ll find yourself at the 16th century thatched Golden Inn; a true locals pub, quiet and welcoming.

The Half Moon Inn in Sheepwash is a little further along, another beautiful historic building overlooking the Torridge Valley, and one of the few remaining original fishing inns in Devon.

Hatherleigh (the smallest town in Devon) is the closest town to the Bolthole, and features the Bridge Inn, the Tally Ho! (Listed in the CAMRA Pub Guide) and The George.

Sunday Lunch

Our recommendation would have to be the award winning Black River Inn in Black Torrington. I won’t spoil it for you, but be assured you won’t need to eat again for a while! A 5 minute drive or you could walk/cycle along the Ruby Way (turn right out of the gate by the lake).