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Good Base?

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Good Base?

Hi we are planning a weeks holiday to Devon in September, Just me, hubby and our wee dog

We will have our car so can anyone advise where would be a good base? Hoping to see a good bit of Devon.

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1. Re: Good Base?

Somewhere in or around Exeter gives you best access. You'll be within very close proximity to Dartmoor (dogs!), English Riviera (i.e. Torquay), Exe Estuary and Jurassic Coast. Dartmouth and South Devon also within an hour, and if you did want to explore North Devon coast and / or Exmoor, that would be pretty close too.

Enjoy!

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2. Re: Good Base?

Thats a great help thankyou!! How long does it take to drive down to St Ives?

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3. Re: Good Base?

It will take around 2 hours as it is over 100 miles. Parking can be difficult and spaces scarce. It will be slightly better in September but you might still consider the Park and Ride from Lelant Saltings the train ride is one of the prettiest in the country

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If you are based in or near Exeter or Newton Abbot, and want to go to St Ives, take the train for the full journey. Much more pleasant, very scenic, and no parking issues in St Ives as Kernewes rightly points out.

However if Devon is your main destination, there are some great coastal destinations significantly closer. Polperro, just across the Cornwall border is gorgeous, as are Hope Cove, Salcombe and Dartmouth in Devon.

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5. Re: Good Base?

Great info thanks everyone :-) had a quick look at train. It says its around a 3 hour journey to St Ives from Exeter.

Is this right?

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6. Re: Good Base?

Possibly, as route not as direct as car journey would be, plus one change. 3 stunning hours though!

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7. Re: Good Base?

Be aware if you head down to St Ives with your pooch you may not be able to take him/her on the beach. If you were considering the train there is also a station at Totnes. Totnes would make a good base, it has easy access to A38, Dartmoor, Dartmouth, Torbay, South Hams , if you drove down to St Ives you could get there in under 2 hours from Totnes. Totnes is also dog frendly and has some good doggie walks. It also has some quirky shops and several eateries and pubs.

Are you heading down to St Ives for the Tate, in my view St Ives is quite commercialised and there are much prettier towns in Cornwall. The beach is spectacular but i believe dogs are only allowed on in the winter months.

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8. Re: Good Base?

If you want lots of coastal walking for you and your dog you could consider North Devon, too. Exeter is good for access to South Devon but less so for the stunning coast in the north and Exmoor. There are wonderful walks around Mortehoe, Lynmouth, Lynton, Woolacome, Croyde, etc.

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9. Re: Good Base?

Agree with Treetops that Totnes is a very good location - perfect for getting down to the beautiful South Devon coast, where the coastal path is spectacular and great for dog walking, or ideal for getting up to Dartmoor, which is second to none for dog walking. Totnes is a very nice town, and also good for heading to other parts of Devon as it is not far from the A38. One other place to consider is the very dog friendly Prince Hall Hotel on Dartmoor, which is just about the nicest place to retreat away from the madding crowds!

Just a quick extra - pretty much wherever you go in Devon is wonderful, so you can't go too far wrong (North, South, East or West, or even the middle of it all on Dartmoor)!

Edited: 04 June 2014, 12:54
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10. Re: Good Base?

Another vote for Dartmouth area, we go down quite a bit with our 3 dogs and they are welcome in most places, lots of lovely dog walks from there as well without taking your car.

visitsouthdevon.co.uk/beaches/dogs-on-beaches lists all the dog friendly beaches in South Hams, the closest to Dartmouth is Strete Gate which is all one beach with Slapton Sands and Torcross.

If you do go down to that part of the world try and fit in a meal at The Tower Inn, Slapton dog friendly and the most wonderful food in a beautiful pub in the heart of the village. Just don't try to get your car up to it unless it is really narrow, you will see what I mean if you go there!