Bearslake Inn Dartmoor - Visiting from our Accommodation

Places to visit nearby

Castle Drogo

The 'last castle to be built in England', set above the Teign Gorge with dramatic views over Dartmoor

  • One of the most remarkable works of architect Sir Edwin Lutyens
  • Dramatic views over Dartmoor
  • Highest National Trust garden at 900 feet
  • Play croquet on the lawn

Lydford Gorge

Spectacular river gorge and waterfall

  • Woodland trails through a deep-cut ravine alongside the river Lyd
  • Thunderous 90 ft Whitelady waterfall
  • 'Walk the plank' over the Devil's Cauldron whirlpools
  • Wildlife-watching hides located along the Railway Trail

Cotehele

Medieval house with superb collections of textiles, armour and furniture, set in extensive grounds

  • Riverside gardens with great seasonal variety
  • Ghostly goings on: hazy figures, music and a strange herbal smell
  • Film location for 'Twelfth Night' (1996)
  • Take a boat trip on the River Tamar from Cotehele Quay

Finch Foundry

Fascinating 19th-century water-powered forge in working order, in its heyday the foundry produced agricultural and mining hand tools

  • Set amidst Dartmoor's dramatic countryside
  • Often humorous live machinery demonstrations
  • 'Four Villages Trail', a lovely circular walk starting at the foundry

Brentor Church

Brentor Church can be found in the Parish of Brentor, 5 miles north of Tavistock, Devon, 5 miles south of Bearslake Inn. This 12th century church is built on a volcanic outcrop almost 1000 feet above sea level and can be seen for miles around.


Lydford Castle

Lydford Castle is one of two castles that have existed in Lydford. That existing visible castle is still impressive and dominant despite now having no roof, and the other, older one, is now totally destroyed above ground, but with its earth-covered foundations and impressive defensive ditch still clearly visible and climbable. The sites of these castles are on the two sides of St Petrock's Church, located at the south-west corner of the original Saxon town of Lydford, which is the centre of the present village of Lydford.


Okehampton Castle

The remains of the largest castle in Devon, in an outstandingly picturesque setting on a wooded spur above the rushing river Okement. Begun soon after the Norman Conquest as a motte and bailey castle with a stone keep, it was converted into a sumptuous residence in the 14th century by Hugh Courtenay, Earl of Devon, much of whose work survives. After the last Courtenay owner fell foul of Henry VIII in 1538, it declined into an allegedly haunted ruin. Riverside picnic area and woodland walks nearby.