Because Cara is located centrally in North Devon it is quiet, peaceful and relaxing
But with with Bude and Widemouth Bay on the North coast just 25 minutes away, Jamiaca Inn in the middle of Bodmin moor just 35 minutes, and Dartmoor just 20 minutes to the South, there are loads of things to do in the area.
In Cara, there is a large box of up to date Tourist Information leaflets which will give you more to choose from across all interests and tastes, but here are some suggestions from us
Devon has some of the most wonderful and varied scenery in the country. From the rocky
seascape cliffs, to the lanes through the rolling pastureland, to the tracks up to the
Tors and streams of Dartmoor. Whether you Drive it, Cycle it or Walk it, you’ll love it.
And being close to the Cornish border, its not far from Bodmin Moor which has been named an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, with spectacular views from the top of Cornwalls two highest peaks, Rough Tor and Brown Willy. (www.visitcornwall.com/destinations/bodmin-moor-tamar-valley)
For scenery and seasonal colours try the walk from Okehampton up the side of the East Okement river and out onto Dartmoor, or venture directly onto Dartmoor from Meldon reservoir
Visit Lydford Gorge (National Trust, 14 miles) with its 30m waterfall and steep sided canyon and natural cauldron. (www.nationaltrust.org.uk/lydford-gorge) and from Lydford there is direct access onto the moor from the car park just across the A386 from Lydford.
For the spectacle of Dartmoor scenery, walk along one of Dartmoor’ leats and the Tavy valley to Tavy Cleave and then return via Hare Tor
http://walkingindevon.co.uk/dartmoor.php gives details of many more walks on Dartmoor that can be downloaded
The North Cornwall coast is particularly spectacular, with the coast path snaking down from high cliffs to sandy coves.
Take the path along the cliff top from Widemouth Bay (park just north of the bay at the top of the hill, where it’s free) and walk into Bude. You can return via the Bude canal which makes an interesting round walk
Walk down to Welcombe Mouth north of Bude – at the top left of the map in the kitchen – a beautiful beach with a waterfall
Morwenstow – on the coast about 5 miles north of Bude – Rectory tea rooms for great cream teas after a lovely coastal walk.
An app of a circular walk here can be found at http://www.iwalknorthcornwall.co.uk/walk/morwenstow
Crackenwell Haven, south of Bude has a lovely sandy beach with rocky shore, cliff walks and lovely award winning beach café
Boscastle which was rebuilt after floods in 2004 is just a bit further south is a picturesque village with beautiful coastal scenery and walks,
There are also a number of Forestry Commission forests where you are free to roam, and numerous footpaths through the rolling countryside – try the path up from Beeching Close in Halwell Junction into Cookworthy forest.
There are a number of cycle trails within reasonable distance. Our favourite is the part of the Tarka Trail from Great Torrington –where you can hire bikes – to Bideford on the coast. The track is along a disused railway, so it’s not too steep! (Torrington cycle hire 01805 622633, www.torringtoncyclehire.co.uk)
Alternatively, there is the Granite Way along the side of Dartmoor with amazing views as you cross the Meldon and Lake viaducts (www.devoncyclehire.co.uk, 01837861141)
The North Cornwall coastline is only 17 miles away, with beach and sea fishing out of Bude and surfing just down the coast at Widemouth Bay
Tamar Lakes with rowing boats, canoeing and trout fishing is just to the north of Holsworthy. http://www.swlakestrust.org.uk/lakes-and-facilities/the-lakes/tamar-lakes
Roadford Lake is less than 5 miles away. The Water Sports centre provides the opportunity for sailing, windsurfing and kayaking (01409 211507), with indoor and outdoor archery for landlubbers; while further round the lake there is a visitor’s centre, bird hide for watching migrating waterfowl, walks and cycle trails. (www.swlakestrust.org.uk/lakes-and-facilities/the-lakes/roadford-lake)
Launceston Castle where George Fox, the founder of the Quakers, was imprisoned in 1656, dates from the Norman Conquest
(www.english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/properties/launceston-castle, 10 miles)
Okehampton Castle, dates from the same period, but was much updated in the 14th century (www.english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/properties/okehampton-castle, 19 miles)
Tintagel Castle, on the north Cornish coast, is home to Camelot, King Arthur and Merlin’s cave .Parking is free next to the church and it’s only a short walk along the cliffs to the castle, lots of steps so heels not advised!
(www.english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/properties/tintagel-castle, 32 miles)
Location of nearby towns
Award winning red, white and sparkling wine
Award winning ‘vine to wine’ guided tour which takes place in a lovely peaceful Devon vale whatever the weather
(Lower Eastcott Farm, Northlew, Okehampton, 01837 811012 www.eastcottvineyard.co.uk)
The Royal Horticultural Society garden at Rosemoor is awash with colour through every season. From carpets of snowdrops in early spring through bursts of Azelea and Rhodedendron colour, a summer rainbow of fragrences and into the russets, yellows and oranges of Acers in autumn. There are collections of unusual flowering plants fruit trees and vegetables; a Visitors centre with café and plant shop, and free parking
And once you have completed all these activities you can return to Cara where there is a wide range of relaxing games, puzzles, books, magazines, CDs and DVDs (not to mention the Hot Tub), take advantage of the minimal noise and light pollution, and chill out.