Just a short drive

Explore the local area

Explore the local area

If you don’t fancy being in the car for too long, you will be delighted by the range of scenic locations and action-packed activities all within a 30 minute drive of Great Eckworthy! Wander through breathtaking gardens, visit historic buildings, try your hand at paddleboarding or simply soak in the atmosphere in an ancient market town. Whatever your ideal day out looks like, you’re sure to find it here.

Colourful Summer Detail of Historic Rothern Bridge, Reflections and Low Water Level on the River Torridge - Upstream View
6.8 Miles


A historic market town, Torrington is in the heart of Devon and commands incredible views over the River Torridge and the surrounding countryside. Built around the Market Square, the town boasts a Victorian Pannier Market which plays host to a variety of interesting shops and stalls selling local produce. Additionally, there are café’s, restaurants, charming pubs, and a museum within the town.

UK country lane disappears round bend in the road, August. Devon. No people.
6.1 Miles

Tarka Trial

If getting out in the fresh air and exploring the countryside is for you, the Tarka Trail is sure to please! A 180 mile, figure of eight loop trail that is inspired by the route travelled by Tarka the Otter, this spectacular path has much to offer. Expect unspoiled countryside, rugged sea cliffs and an array of local wildlife. The Tarka Trail is actually the longest, continuous cycle path in the UK and visitors are able to hire a variety of bikes, including electric bikes should they wish to cycle it. Of course, if cycling is not your thing, you are welcome to slow down and walk the trail instead.

Attractive and Colourful Flower Border in the Garden at Rosemoor, near Bideford, in the county of Devon, England, UK
7.3 Miles

RHS Rosemoor

Gifted to the RHS by Lady Anne Berry in 1988, Rosemoor is one of five beautiful RHS gardens. Nestled in the Devon countryside, it blends structured and playful planting to magical effect! Over the years the garden has grown in size and there are now 65 acres to explore as well as a whole array of horticultural delights to discover. Additionally, the garden has been specifically designed to hold interest year-round so whether you want to see the cherry trees blossoming in Spring, or the woodlands put on a fiery display in Autumn, you’re guaranteed a delight for the senses.

Waterpark with different obstacles located in Devon, UK
7.9 Miles

North Devon Wake Park

Feeling the need for some adrenaline fuelled fun? North Devon Wake Park has you covered! Offering a whole host of sessions for beginners and experts alike, you can learn to wakeboard and paddleboard. If that doesn’t sound like your cup of tea, they also have an aquapark, ringo roads and open water swimming. When you’re all adventured out and dried off, head into their café to refuel with some tasty treats.

Flying flock of Eurasian oystercatchers Haematopus ostralegus aka common pied oystercatchers at Northam Burrows, Devon, England.
10.8 Miles

Northam Burrows

Part of the North Devon AONB and UNESCO Biosphere, Northam Burrows is a Site of Special Scientific Interest. Called home by many rare plants and animals, it’s approximately 253 hectares of grassy coastal plain with salt marsh, sand dunes and grasslands. Offering some really unique and striking views, it’s a fantastic place to wander with your camera in hand!

Sundial in the Gardens at Tapeley Park on the River Torridge Estuary, near Bideford on the Coast of North Devon, England, UK
11 Miles

Tapeley Park

Located in the heart of the Christie Devon Estates, Tapeley Park stately home and gardens is immersed in history. Renowned for their beautiful gardens, you will find Italian terraces, a lake, ponds, old woodland and several fields where Tapeley’s herd of Highland cattle graze peacefully. Visitors can make use of a QR code trail which provides fascinating facts and information about the house and features of the garden. Through the summer season the gardeners also host regular talks. More information about these talks can be found on the Tapeley Facebook page.