10 Hidden Gems to Visit in Devon

Even after living in Devon for nearly 6 years now we still haven’t seen half of what this beautiful county has to offer. Our excuse is that it’s a huge area and one of the largest counties in England.

Since we have been living down here we’ve discovered lots of hidden gems so we thought we’d share 10 of the best with you. A lot of these places are tucked away and can be very hard to get too, so only really for people that are up for a challenge!

10 Hidden Gems to Visit in Devon

10 Hidden Gems to Visit in Devon

Bellever 

Bellever Forest Dartmoor Devon

Bellever is a forest located in the middle of Dartmoor near Postbridge. There are four set trails that you can follow or you can just have a stroll around and see what you discover. Last time we were there we stumbled upon some Dartmoor ponies having a drink in the river which was lovely.

How To Get There: You can park in the Forestry Commission’s car park, (parking charges apply), postcode  PL20 6TU

Cockington

Cockinton Village Torquay
Image Credit: Kathryn Yengel

Cockington is a tiny village hidden in a valley in the middle of Torbay, think thatched cottages and narrow streets. There are only a few buildings in the village, as well as one pub and Cockington Court, which hosts lots of different events throughout the year.

How to Get There: You can either park in one of the carparks down in the village although they are quite expensive, postcode TQ2 6XA or you can park at the top of the hill, Nutt Bush Lane is a good spot and then walk down into the village. Please bear in mind that the walk is all down hill and therefore all uphill on the way back!

Haytor Quarry

Haytor Quarry Dartmoor

Haytor Quarry is located close to the Haytor Rocks up on Dartmoor, just off the Haytor Tramway. The granite was quarried and then transported by the tramway to the Stover Canel. Most of the granite went to London. The quarries were opened by George Templer who also masterminded the building of the tramway.

How To Find It: You can park your car in the National Park Visitor Centre at Haytor, postcode TQ13 9XT. With your back to the carpark, you then need to walk past the bottom of the Haytor Rocks heading North, (when you are walking the rocks should be on your left).

Keep walking until you come across a style. Go over it and you’ll find the path that leads down to the Quarry.

Hound Tor Deserted Medieval Village 

Hound Tor Deserted Medieval Village

Hound Tor Deserted Medieval village is an English Heritage site up on Dartmoor. It’s free to visit and has some amazing views over Dartmoor. The village consists of the remains of a group of 13th century stone longhouses.

How To Get There: You can find this deserted medieval village just below Hound Tor itself. Park in the Hound Tor car park and walk up to the rocks, then head back down the hill on the other side. There is a path down to the village.

Ness Cove Beach

Ness cove beach in Shaldon Devon

Ness Cove beach can be found in Shaldon and the only way to access it is through an old smugglers tunnel. It’s a combination of a sloping path and steps.

How to Get There: You can park in the Ness Cove car park at the top of the hill in Shaldon, postcode TQ14 0HP. With the car park on your left and the sea in front of you go right past the little gift shop and you will find the entrance to the smugglers tunnel.

Scorhill

Scorhill Stone Circle on Dartmoor, Devon
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Scorhill is a bronze age stone circle located up on Dartmoor. There are 15 discovered stone circles in Devon altogether but Scorhill has the largest stones. There is 23 standing stones and 11 fallen ones.

How to Get There: Located Southwest of Gidleigh, Dartmoor. The favoured approach for reaching the Scorhill stones seems to be from Gidleigh lane through Berrydown. Postcode TQ13 8EU.

Soar Mill Cove (Beach)

Soar Mill Cove Devon
Image Credit: Peter Castleton

Soar Mill Cove is a tiny remote sandy beach set below Bolt Head. You can only access it on foot via the South West Coast Path or from the Soar Mill Cove hotel. Ir you are feeling a little more adventurous you can visit by boat from Salcombe. The beach is dog-friendly.

How To Get There: The address is Soar Mill Cove, Nr Salcombe, Devon, TQ8 8LH.

Spekes Mill 

Speke's Mill Mouth Falls Devon
Image Credit: Derek Winterburn

Spekes Mill is located in Ilfracombe in North Devon. It’s an isolated beach with a 60ft waterfall.

How to Get There: You can get to Spekes Mill by walking from Hartland Quay, it takes about 20 minutes. Walk along the coastal path above Screda Point then go downwards past St Catherine’s Tor. Head to the cliff tops above Spekes Mill Mouth and take in the amazing views.

Tolmen Stone

The Tolmen Stone is a large rock with a circular hole through the middle of it. There are lots of legends surrounding the stone including anyone that climbs through the hole will be cured of any rheumatic disorders. It has also be linked to purification, healing and fertility rituals.

How To Get There: The stone is located on the bank of the North Teign River. It’s not far from the Scorhill Circle mentioned above. There isn’t a postcode just Latitude: 50.667808N &  Longitude: 3.904602W. The nearest town is Chagford.

Venford Falls

Venford Falls Dartmoor Devon
Image Credit: Richard Davy

Venford Falls really is in the middle of nowhere up on Dartmoor but it’s so worth the visit when you get there. It is a hidden double waterfall!

How to Get There: Head for Venford Reservoir from Ashburton. Drive past a car park on the right-hand side, carry on past the waterworks and over a dam. You’ll come to another car park on your right-hand side, park your car here. Start walking away from the road from the carpark and follow the path down past the waterworks. Walk for about half a mile. Around here you will need to go down a footpath the falls are down the steep hill.

Water Gypsy

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