Dartmouth Castle Reached by a 1 mile walk from the Town Centre towards the mouth of the Dart, is well preserved Dartmouth Castle with its distinctive round and square tower in a most imposing position on a rocky promontory. Constructed largely in the 15th century, one of the first castles to be designed to take artillery- in use until the end of World War II Kingswear Castle on the opposite bank of the Estuary. With superb views from the battlements across the River, visiting yachts passing upriver below you- a popular picnic spot. Nearby is St. Petrox Church .
Lydford Castle Dartmoor West Devon Ajcaent to the Church of St Petroc. The Castle dates from the 11th century, an imposing now roofless three story tower atop a grassy motte. Surrounded on one side by trees and with the parish church, awash with bluebells in spring next door. Used as a prison and courthouse in the 18th century.
Inside the adjacent churchyard is watchmaker George Routleigh's tomb, whose stone has recently recut, but whose epitaph is found inside the Church. Also inside the church don't miss the carved bench ends. Beside the Porch are several headstones dating from the 1700's. Behind the Church, rarely visited by tourists, is an old iron age fort, whose defensive rings can still clearly be seen.
Okehampton Castle Dartmoor West Devon Imposing ruins dominating the West Okement river valley on the Western Edge of Dartmoor, on the outskirts of the town of Okehampton. Ancient seat of the Earls of Devon. Abandoned in 1538 when its then owner was executed by Henry VIII. Explore the motte, gatehouse, great hall, take the audio tour. Delightful walks along the river and through woodland. Maybe a blaze of bluebells in late spring, as are the north facing slopes of the Moor.
Castle Drogo National Trust overlooking the upper Teign Valley. The last castle built in England. Formal gardens with herbaceous borders to explore- magnolias, camellias, and a delight in spring, lupins, roses and hollyhocks in summer. Walks along the beautiful Teign Gorge. Designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens for the tea baron and store magnate Julius Drewe. Construction took over 20 years, completion in 1930. From the outside looking like every school boys vision of a medieval castle, there is even a portcullis guarding the entrance tower. Inside much more the 20th century country house -rooms hung with elaborate Spanish tapestries, and filled with fine furniture, not forgetting a kitchen and scullery. The Drogo Estate offers some of the most dramatic Dartmoor walks with breathtaking views, particularly in winter when most trees have shed their leaves, over the Teign Valley as the River tumbles through a boulder strewn wooded valley on the way to the sea at Teignmouth. Getting there, 5 miles south of the A30, 12 miles west of Exeter.
Powderham Castle family home of the Courtenay family for over 600 years. Lived in today by Lord and Lady Devon. In a stunning location overlooking the Exe Estuary. The present castle dates from medieval times, with extensive remodelling in the Victorian Age. Guided tours. Explore the Music Room, Great Hall, imposing Staircase, fine plasterwork ceilings. A Chapel. Lavish furnishings. Admire the family portraits. Rose garden a delight. Picnic beside the lake.
Ancient deer park- in springtime you may be very lucky and see the young deer calves gamboling in the bluebells opposite the Yacht Club slipway. Within the deerpark is one of Devonís largest heronry's. Children will love the Secret Garden with its rabbits, chickens and pot bellied pig. Explore the Smithy. Take a trailer ride towed by a tractor. Wander through the Woodland Garden. Take a steep climb to the top of the Belvedere Tower, with on a clear day the fine views far and wide. County Store and Restaurant.Dogs not allowed in the grounds. Venue for weddings. Castle is open to public from Easter and October Getting there. At Kenton near Starcross 4 miles south west of Exeter on the Dawlish Road.
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