Rainbow Lodge Guest House in Plymouth

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29 Athenaeum Street, The Hoe, Plymouth PL1 2RQ

Dartmoor &
The Tamar Valley

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'Home from home' (many have said this)

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This beautiful, wild moorland is yours to explore and it's just a short drive from Rainbow Lodge . Once a royal hunting reserve, Dartmoor has hundreds of walks to offer hikers within its 368 square miles. The higher ground on Dartmoor is frequently capped by the area's famous "tors", sometimes giving the landscape the look of the surface of the Moon or Mars.

These granite outcrops, which vary widely in shape and size, make fantastic vantage points with Haytor and Hound Tor being among the largest, so your walk can include fantastic panoramic views of the Devon countryside.

Although we both favour the use of public transport wherever possible, Dartmoor is not well served by buses and trains, particularly outside the June - September period. A car is therefore very useful for getting you to your walk or just touring around.(during Summer, the transport companies have combined to offer a Dartmoor Sunday Rover ticket which may be worth investigating if this limited offer happens to suit you).

Rivers and lakes are as much a part of the scene as moorlands and tors.

For example, there is the whole set that flows South starting with the Plym (Plymouth), ending with the Dart (Dartmouth) and including the Yealm, Erme, Avon and Dart. Beautiful old stone bridges cross many of these rivers.

There are also many lakes and 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 wonderful home of Buckland Abbey is also on Dartmoor, as are interesting market towns like Tavistock (excellent pannier market) and Bovey Tracey (good craft centre).

There is also the beautiful village of Widecombe in the Moor, the forbidding structure of Dartmoor Prison at Princeton, 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.

Tamar Valley

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.