Sue and David Radford look forward to welcoming you soon to our Guesthouse in Plymouth
Exploring Plymouth's hinterland
Plymouth is your gateway to some of the most wonderful places to visit in the country. Three areas of outstanding natural beauty surround Plymouth - Dartmoor, South Devon and the Tamar Valley - and beyond these there is the whole of the South West to enjoy.
Sue and David know this area well and we can provide you with ideas, advice, maps, public transport options and other help.
A good place to start exploring is along the beautiful South Devon coast.
The length of coast to the East of Plymouth stretches from Dartmouth through Salcombe and along the South Hams shoreline taking in Thurlestone, Bigbury (including Noel Coward's favourite hotel on Burgh Island), Noss Mayo, Newton Ferrers and Wembury.
From there the coast path winds its way along the shores of Plymouth Sound, passing the beautiful coastal villages of Kingsand and Cawsand and on to gorgeous Rame Head before heading West to Looe and Polperro.
Any two or three hour portion of this path will reward the walker with a wonderful experience. Just ask us for ideas if you need to.
If you want to do more please note that several Dartmoor rivers join the sea along this stretch, so 'summer only ferries' and detours or taxis at other times of the year are required to do the whole trip. Again just ask us for advice.
A beautiful, wild moorland is yours to explore frequently capped by the area's famous tors. These granite outcrops, which vary widely in shape and size, make fantastic vantage points with Haytor and Hound Tor being among the largest.
Once a royal hunting reserve, Dartmoor has hundreds of walks to offer hikers within its 368 square miles.
There are many reservoirs including Burrator with its almost alpine feel. This reservoir was developed by Sir Francis Drake as a source of water supply to Plymouth where he was once Mayor.
Drake's home of Buckland Abbey is also on Dartmoor, as are interesting market towns like Tavistock (excellent pannier market) and BoveyTracey (brilliant craft centre).
There is also the beautiful village of Widecombe in the Moor, the forbidding structure of Dartmoor Prison, and the superb valleys of rivers like the Dart and of course the famous Dartmoor ponies to enjoy.
We will be please to advise you on what to do, where to go and how to get there, and can also lend you maps and walking books.
An amazing mixture of natural beauty and the historic remains of the once thriving copper and tin mining industry characterise the Tamar Valley.
At one time, almost 100% of the world's supplies of copper ore came from here, and it was shipped from places like Morwellham Quay and Calstock.Though many of the industrial scars have healed, the scale of mining activity can still be grasped by visitors today.
The natural beauty of the tidal river and its surrounding forests now reigns supreme, added to by some superb railway age viaducts.
Please ask well in advance if you are interested in river cruises - departures are very limited due to the Tamar's tidal range.
All of the following have been visited by our guests on trips of one day or less: Eden Project, Land's End, Newquay (Fistral Beach), Padstow (Rick Stein), Truro (wonderful cathedral city), Penzance, Exeter, North Devon, Bristol, Torquay and Somerset.