The vast network of quiet lanes, open countryside and beautiful coastal path, make North Devon and Cornwall the ideal location for walking holidays. With many of the old dis-used railway tracks having been converted into dedicated paths and cycle ways, including the Ruby, Tarka and Camel Trails, that are both ideal and interesting for both dedicated ramblers and for families with children.
Dunsdon Farm is the ideal location to base yourself whether for families on a gentle ramble, or hardened walkers who want to scale the many Torrs or Dartmoor.
The Bude Canal provides historic interest and is an important wildlife area. The 5-mile footpath along the old towpath gives an opportunity for all to enjoy this wonderful facility.
The canal can be easily accessed from Dunsdon, with a lovely peaceful walk up to the Tamar Lakes, where you can enjoy the wildlife and café at the Upper Tamar Lake.
Enclosed by Dartmoor, Exmoor and the north coast of Devon and Cornwall, Ruby Country is the ideal base for a magical, relaxing visit to the West Country.
Ruby Country is part of Devon comprising many villages and hamlets surrounding the market towns of Holsworthy and Hatherleigh. With diverse heritage, culture and landscape there are many distinctive facets reflected in the high quality goods, services and activities being delivered in the area.
Historically a livestock farming area, Ruby Country takes its name from the Devon Ruby Red cattle famed in the area for their resilience and association with the grazing the challenging culm grassland environment.
It is a fantastic and sustainable way to explore from the coast, through deeply incised river valleys with ancient tangled woodland to the productive farmland and moorland higher up the catchments.
The Trail passes through towns such as Lynmouth, Barnstaple, Bideford, Torrington, Okehampton and Ilfracombe, and parts of it coincide with the South West Coast Path, the Two Moors Way and the Dartmoor Way.
The Camel Trail is an 18 mile largely traffic free, surfaced and virtually level multi use trail which passes through some of the most spectacular countryside in the south west.
The trail hugs the Camel Estuary from Padstow to Wadebridge before joining the route through the deeply incised and beautifully wooded Camel Valley to Bodmin. At Bodmin yet another line, one of the most historic in the country, winds its way inland to the foot of Bodmin Moor where it comes to an end near Blisland, an extraordinarily pretty moorland village.
South West Coast Path
The dramatic granite tors dominate the open expanses of moorland, marshes and bog, leading to deep river valleys and oak woodland.