The National Trust in Devon
A host of interesting properties, historic sites and beauty spots make the National Trust a vital landowner in the preservation of the English countryside. If you're interested in visiting their properties, it's well worth considering a membership.
Greenway - near Brixham
Greenway was Agatha Christie's
garden, and it makes a pleasant half day out if you com by ferry from
Dartmouth, Brixham and Torquay - you can land at Greenway Quay. It's a
garden of exceptional beauty with an atmosphere of romantic wilderness and
mystery, renowned for rare half-hardy plants and drifts of wild flowers.
It has a wonderful position with breathtaking views and glimpses of the
wooded Dart estuary.
Near Tavistock - Lydford Gorge
This is a famous 1.5 mile mile
scenic gorge on the edge of Dartmoor, where thundering water and tranquil
pools, abundant wildlife, lush oak woodland and wild flowers produce a
sense of "returning to nature" to rival anywhere else in the county.
A 3 mile circular walk takes in the 90ft White Lady waterfall and a series
of whirlpools including the thrilling Devil's Cauldron. There are also
shorter walks to White Lady waterfall or the Devil's Cauldron, plus a 4
mile level trail along old railway line. For those who want refreshments,
there's a shop and tea-room, and the site has a regular programme of
events. Walking in the gorge is strenuous, with steep, narrow and uneven
paths. Some sections are slippery and are bordered by vertical drops. Good
walking shoes/footwear are essential. Unsuitable for visitors with heart
complaints or walking difficulties, or for very young children. At busy
times there may be delays at the Devil's Cauldron.
Salcombe - Overbeck's
Enjoy breathtaking views over
Salcombe estuary from this dramatic cliff-top garden of hot colours &
luxuriant growth, where a warm microclimate encourages rare and tropical
plants from all over the world to grow in the garden of scientist and
inventor Otto Overbeck's Edwardian house. The property is filled with his
lifelong enthusiasms including local photos and seafaring treasures,
collections of butterflies, birds' eggs and fossils, a Victorian jukebox
and Otto's strange electrical rejuvenator. Kids will enjoy the "secret
room" with dolls, tin soldiers and a friendly ghost!