Very tempted to offer my services Bruce! Why are you wanting a tour guide? Or is it just a driver you need?
The places you mention are well served by bus or train and fairly short journeys. They are small with not a great deal to see that you couldn't find from sign posts in town and leaflets that are in most hotels or tourist info centers.
Think you should add Cockington to the list. Check the images online.
You may find you get a wider range of responses if you post on the Devon forum.
Bruce, if you try doing any and all the pubs on your route you will need an ambulance not a tour guide.
Enjoy Devon and just a few of the great pubs we have here.
Hi Bruce, presumably you'll be arriving into GB by plane, what are your plans from your point of entry?
For instance, You could do the journey from London direct to Plynmouth in one on the train, it's a 3 1/2 hour journey...
Do you realise how much this would cost? A qualified guide will charge around £200 for a working day plus extra, in all probability, for any evening work. If they are a guide/driver with a properly insured vehicle then it will be a good deal more. As everyone says, do it yourself. It is quite straightforward.Edited: 20 February 2012, 18:23
Thanks for the input so far. Some valid points.
Probably looking for a driver more than a registered guide.
Money is not so much an issue , just dont want to drink and drive and also be tied down to a strict schedule.
I know the train network is awesome. Heathrow to Newton via Paddington looks easy enough.
Is there a particular reason for staying in Newton Abbot? It's a nice town, but not a holiday destination, you may be better off getting the train from Newton Abbot into either Torquay or Paignton and making either of those your base, then in either place you will find lots of pubs within walking distances, then trips out could be taken by public transport, or even taxi if cash isn't an issue.
Oh yeah , aunts and uncles and cousins ! Gotta be Newton. :-)
I love Newton Abbot in particular Decoy Park and Templer Way footpath. Could you hire a suitable vehicle and ask one of your relatives to drive you around for the two or three days, pay for the petrol and say £50 a day plus all their meals and non alcoholic drinks.?
The Double Locks Pub in Exeter is on the canal and famous for real ale, outdoor tables and swans swim up alongside you. Exeter is about 20 mins drive max from Newton on the dual carriage way.
This could be combined with a guided tour of Exeter or even two guided tours, one in the afternoon and one in the evening. The guided tours are free and run by volunteers.
Traffic can be bad on Saturdays and Sundays in Devon. Saturday is change over day for tourists, cars, caravans all going in and out of Devon. Sunday, people are off work and not in a hurrry, lots of the roads in and out of Newton are single roads, the road from Newton to Torquay is the worst one, a new bypass has finally got the go ahead but going to take 3 or 4 years, not started yet.
Brand new hotel in Newton Abbot, rooms are going to be smart, bathroom, carpets, bedding, bed, curtains, flooring, lightening, mattress.....all going to be brand new. Ask relatives to look in national weekend newspapers for special offer codes for premier inn or check out moneysavingsexpert web site for offer codes for discount on premier inn (big chain of hotels).
You might do best to google for private hire in Newton Abbot. Taxis in the UK basically fall into two categories - black cabs that can be hailed down anywhere or private hire vehicles, that have to be booked in advance. Private hire firms tend to have mini buses as part of their fleet, and this might suit you better - bit more room as you're travelling around.
Don't forget the Cider Bar in Newton Abbot! You may not need to go on a four day pub crawl.......Edited: 22 February 2012, 17:29
Cider Bar is my 1st stop ! Maybe the last. :-)
Thanks everyone for all the suggestions !