Buckland Abbey Walk
Explore the gardens and wider estate surrounding this 700 year old house in Dartmoor near Plymouth.
There are a number of way-marked walking trails taking you through meadows, orchards and woodlands where you can enjoy far-reaching views of the Tavy Valley.
This circular route starts at the abbey and takes you past the lovely gardens into Great North Wood and on to the River Tavy where you can follow the riverside path through more woodland. There's plenty of wildlife - look out for Badgers, bats, eels, hobbies, barn owls and deer as you make your way through the woods. The gardens include an Elizabethan Garden, Herb Garden, Cider House Garden and Kitchen Garden. They include hydrangeas, camellias, eucryphias, azaleas, rhododendrons and magnolia trees. In the spring months you can also see carpets of bluebells in the woods.
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Buckland Abbey Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
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Buckland Abbey Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
There's a good National Trust tea room on site, selling a good range of meals and snacks. If you ventured a short distance south there's also a waterside cafe at Lopwell Dam.
Also to the south is the little village of Milton Combe where you'll find the wonderfully named Who'd Have Thought It pub. It's a charming 16th Century Inn with an excellent menu and a friendly welcome. Inside there's an attractive interior with real fires to warm yourself by in the winter months. Outside there's a pretty garden with a babbling brook for warmer days. You can find the inn at a postcode of PL20 6HP for your sat navs.
The estate paths are great for a dog walk but please keep them on leads where there is livestock. The Who'd Have Thought It pub mentioned above is also very dog friendly. They even have a special menu for dogs!
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
To continue your walking in the area head south and visit the splendid Lopwell Dam where there are some lovely waterside walks. The dam was a traditional river quay serving nearby mines and farmland, and used by the monks of Buckland Abbey centuries ago.
The Tamar Valley Discovery Trail also passes through the area so you could pick up this waymarked trail too. The trail can be picked up just to the south of the estate and will take you along riverside footpaths on the Rivers Tavy and Tamar.