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What a wonderful place, Little Fingerling and gardens are lovely. Startpoint beach was quiet and unspoilt, East Portlemouth gives lovely views over Salcombe with beautiful beaches and hidden coves round the costal path. It’s a lovely walk into Dartmouth too, this has been a welcome break from home.

Alice and Tom Streatham

Came to have quality family time before my brother has a serious operation. What a beautiful place, so quiet and peaceful place just what the doctor ordered. We had a brilliant time a briefly forgot our problems, we will always remember Valley Springs.

Georgina Scot-Simmonds
"We returned home last night after a very enjoyable stay in Fingerling Barn - the accommodation is very good quality, clean, spacious and well-maintained having being recently refurbished.

The setting of the barn is very tranquil, with a nearby pond containing ducks and moorhen. We enjoyed eating out on the patio and here our children enjoyed daily visits by a nearby resident's friendly Spaniel called Megan!

The owners of Fingerling Barn have provided a very useful and comprehensive guide to the local area which includes photos and descriptions of the local beaches, walks, activities etc.

One of the walks described in the house guide was a coastal walk at East Prawle and we'd recommend this walk for the fine views.

We are beginner surfers and we tried our hand at surfing at Bantham with a two hour lesson with Bantham Surfing Academy. We thought that the instructor, Dave, was excellent and very encouraging to us novices!

We also played golf at the 9 hole courses at Thurlestone Hotel and at Dartmouth. The afternoon rates during the week at Dartmouth were good value for money - £20 for the the 18 hole course and £12 for the 9 hole which includes a couple of par 5s.

All in all, we'd recommend Fingerling Barn as a holiday destination in a very attractive area of Devon."
Shaun and Kim Ise of Man
"Our stay at Fingerling Barn was wonderful. The setting in which the Barn sits is breathtaking and the accommodation is to a very high standard and everything that you required in the kitchen was there, even down to a lemon squeezer. It was great being able to sit down as a family and enjoy our meals at the huge table in the dining room, there was so much space for all of us. We were greeted by the owners on our arrival who were down doing some gardening. They were very helpful and ensured that we were ok before they left. We would recommend this holiday to everyone and wished that we had booked 2 weeks instead of 1.
Mr and Mrs Swain and family Carshalton

Sports Local to Valley Springs


Walking in Devon In it's entirety, the South West Coast Path National Trail is 630 miles long, from Minehead in Somerset to Poole Harbour in Dorset. You can either walk point to point or enjoy an array of circular walks. Books and maps available from the Tourist Information Centres.

The Coast Path is enjoyed by millions of residents and visitors to the South West every year. The sheer variety means that there are plenty of gentle stretches as well as dramatic headlands and steep coastal valleys where the going can be strenuous and demanding. Relaxation, challenge, tranquillity or inspiration – the choice is yours!

Take in a picturesque harbour, stride out along the exhilarating Atlantic coast or relax beside a stunning river estuary. Something for everyone - the South West Coast Path National Trail.

To find out more about walking the South West Coast Path and enjoying its scenery, wildlife, heritage, geology and culture visit www.nationaltrail.co.uk/southwestcoastpath Choose from over 60 walks that have been recommended by the people who know the Coast Path best - the rangers who look after it and others with expert knowledge of the things you can discover along the route.


Cycling in Devon Totnes offers two contrasting leisure routes; or one longer route if you combine the two. Much of the route is traffic free and passes through idyllic riverside scenes past weirs, water meadow marshland and quiet woods.

If you do like rough and tough cycling challenges, then the off road tracks on Dartmoor and Haldon Forest Park are hard to beat. Both publish their own Off Road Cycling Map with all grades of ride clearly marked.

If you hadn't thought to bring your bikes on holiday, there are several places to hire them. Call into a local tourist information centre.

Cultural Trails

Cultural Trails in Devon South Devon has 8 new Cultural Trails. Activities include walking, cycling and horse riding across beautiful countryside. Details on local trails available in our cottages.

Water Sports

Water Sports in Devon Old salt or aspiring crew member, weekend jetski or competitive sailing enthusiasts; wreck divers, surfers of wind and wave or simple ankle paddler - everyone who enjoys watersport will find ideal conditions along the South Devon coast.

Dartmouth, Salcombe and Newton Ferrers enjoy international reputations as great sailing ports in famously beautiful surroundings. Although they are not large, you'll meet seaborne tourists from all corners of the globe when you stop at any of these fabled havens. If you want to join the fun, several businesses run Royal Yachting Association approved courses for aspiring sailors so you can make your holiday part of a bigger personal plan.

The breezy southwest facing beaches between Hope Cove and Mothecombe are playgrounds for wind surfers, who enjoy perfect sailboard conditions without the crowding that is characteristic of the more widely known surfing venues on the north of the peninsula. Surfers will tell you if you haven't surfed, you haven't lived, so if you're keen to have a go, try the local surf schools. Bigbury has one and there's another in Salcombe. Plenty of space for waterskiing too, with training at Teignmouth.

Diving and sub aqua is gaining in profile too, with popular dive sites at Thurlestone, Hope Cove, and Burgh Island. Training is available at Teignmouth. Wreck diving is also a popular past time, as there are dozens of shipwrecks to be discovered, with wrecks to suit all levels of diving competence. However, training is needed for this activity and can be done through a diving school in Totnes.


Golf in Devon South Devon has more than a dozen public and private golf clubs offering a mix of 9 or 18-hole courses over varying terrain. Visitors to South Devon golf coures can usually purchase a temporary membership or 'pay as you play' with no restrictions on your golf handicap. However we recommend you contact your chosen course in advance to check availability in case any local matches are taking place and check for handicap restrictions which may apply.

Whichever you choose, all South Devon golf courses have superbly maintained greens, situated in spectacular scenery and enjoy a mild climate all year round so visit South Devon and enjoy some of the best golf in Britain! Please see below for some of our local courses.

Thurlestone Golf Club
Tel: +44 01548 560405
Fax: +44 01548 562149

Elfordleigh Golf Club
Elfordleigh Hotel
Tel: +44 01752 336428
Fax: +44 01752 334581

Staddon Heights Golf Club
Staddon Heights
Tel: +44 01752 402475
Fax: +44 01752 401998

Bigbury Golf Club
Nr Kingsbridge
Bigbury on Sea
Tel: +44 01548 810557
Fax: +44 01548 810207

Dartmouth Golf and Country Club
Tel: +44 01803 712686
Fax: +44 01803 712628

Thurlestone Hotel
Nr Kingsbridge
Tel: 01548 560382
Fax: 01548 561069

Horse Riding

Horse Riding in Devon South Devon has superb facilities for anyone with equestrian interests. Dartmoor in particular is wonderful for a relaxing hack, but there's plenty of other beautiful areas with equestrian facilities, not counting the hundreds of miles of ancient bridleways that weave through glorious South Devon countryside. If you want to spice up your countryside rides with village life, try the increasingly popular pub rides offered by many of the trekking centres. Below we list some contacts.

Dartmoor Driving

Instructional carriage driving or chauffeured drives on Dartmoor.
Beginners welcome.
Day drives across Dartmoor.

The Brookings
TQ13 7SP
Proprietor(s): Mrs Marguerite Arden
Tel: 01364 631438

Babeny Farm Stables
Novice and Experienced Riders, Ride Straight onto Dartmoor, Lessons, Livery Available.

Newton Abbot
Newton Abbot
TQ13 7PS
Tel: 01364631296
Mob: 07708666723

Bird Watching

Bird Watching in Devon A coastline riven with large estuaries and endowed with dunes, mudflats and wetlands will inevitably attract large numbers of migratory and other species of birds. South Devon affords first rate resources for ornithologists at any level of competence. At estuary mouth, has an international reputation and is under the protection of several environmental directives including qualification as a RAMSAR site and an SSSI. Here you can spot, among others, brent geese, divers, eider, grebes, skuas and dunlin. A particular spectacle around September or mid March time is the huge muster of thousands of wading birds prior to their departure to more northerly climes. Even non birdwatchers cannot fail to be impressed.

The Kingsbridge estuary offers good opportunities to view waders, with its many creeks and inlets providing feeding grounds for the little egret, curlew and whimbrel, with passing ospreys in autumn. A number of small but significant sites managed by Devon Birdwatching & Preservation Society are worth a visit, including the reedbeds at South Milton Ley, Slapto Ley, Beesands Ley and West Charleton Marsh.

At many places there are hides available to the public, particularly along the estuaries, and other facilities are available to members of the RSPB or local birdwatching clubs. For more information visit RSBP, check the local nature reserves, or call into a local TIC.


Fishing in Devon You could be forgiven for thinking the landscape of South Devon was made for the specific entertainment of those who like to fish. The estuaries are a varied mix of saline and fresh water, typically in the Dart Estuary, and from the bank or idling in a small boat, you can confidently hope for a respectable catch - depending on when and where you fish - of flounder, cole, whiting, pollack, codling, ray, mackerel, plaice or bass.

If you get tired of fishing in the beautiful estuaries then another lifetime of fishing awaits on the beaches! There are miles of beach well away from the crowds with easy access and abundant seas. And if the beach is too tame then there are opportunities for rock fishing around Start Point, Bolt Head (very dramatic) and elsewhere.

Inland there are lakes and rivers aplenty. Dartmoor has lots to offer; both Tottiford and Trenchford lakesoffer pike fishing (a 27 pounder was landed in 2005). Kennick is a top rated premier rainbow trout fishery with angling from the banks and boats. Permits can be purchased on site. Avon Dam and Venford, also on the Moor, are popular fishing venues too.

If you want to get out to sea there's inshore and wreck fishing - especially from Dartmouth and Salcombe. And don't forget that fishing is not just for the experts - anyone can enjoy catching lunch or dinner on one of the many fishing trips offered all along the South Devon coast, and nothing is quite so special as eating barbecued mackerel that you caught an hour previously.

Lots of detail in Get Hooked ask for the book at a local Tourist Information Office - or you can telephone the Environment Agency (Fisheries) Office on 01392 316032.
Fingerling Barn/Little Fingerling
Valley Springs
Sherford, Kingsbridge

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