Boringdon Hall is located in a truly beautiful part of the world, just 10 minutes from the coastal city of Plymouth and a few moments from wild and wonderful Dartmoor. Its country-meets-city-meets coast setting is the perfect base to explore from. We’ve put together a list of beautiful places to visit within 30 minutes from us by car.
Burrator Reservoir – 27 minutes
Burrator reservoir is situated within Dartmoor, and the tranquil water and surrounding mixed woodland contrasts sharply with the open moor and the rugged Dartmoor tors. A trip here can be combined with a walk across the moors or enjoyed as a trip of its own with plenty to do- from walking and taking in the views, to bank fishing for rainbow and brown trout from the banks ( just be sure to get a permit from the garage in Yelverton). Devon has relatively few lakes, but the situation and quality of these make them a hidden gem in Devon’s crown.
Plymbridge Woods – 20 minutes
A wooded valley which opens up to the moors of Dartmoor with a rich and varied industrious past. The Plym Valley consists of varied habitats from riverside meadows, ancient woodland and the wilderness of Dartmoor. Car parks at Plymbridge, Cadover Bridge and Shaugh Prior provide good starting points to explore the area on foot or bike
Saltram (National Trust) – 10 minutes
Saltram Park welcomes hundreds of thousands of visitors every year. Whether you cycle, stroll, picnic, spot wildlife or give your four-legged friends a good run, all will agree that that this beautiful space is very special. Saltram’s historic parkland is a rare survival of an 18th-century estate, which at its height was made up of 4,000 acres of land and provided income for the Parker family and employment for many locals. Home to the Parker family for several generations, Saltram is a Georgian jewel rich with original collection and architecture. The Saltram you see today is an elegant Georgian façade built around a much earlier house. It was acquired by George Parker in 1712 and remained one of the Parker family homes (including Boringdon Hall) until 1957 when it was transferred to the National Trust.
Royal William Yard – 24 minutes
Designed by Victorian architect Sir John Rennie and constructed between 1825 and 1831, Royal William Yard is steeped in history. Considered to be one of the most important groups of historic military buildings in Britain, it is also the largest collection of Grade 1 listed military buildings in Europe. The Yard is one of Plymouth’s premier lifestyle destinations and is an arts and culture destination with regular public events taking place including outdoor theatre products, open air cinema, arts and crafts markets.
The Barbican & Plymouth Hoe – 18 minutes
The historic Barbican and Sutton Harbour are the heart of the city’s heritage with the oldest buildings and the greatest number of historical stories. Around the Barbican, a vibrant place of cobbled streets, narrow lanes and more than 200 Listed Buildings, many of them Tudor and Jacobean, offer a wide range of shops, galleries, pubs, cafes and restaurants set amidst picturesque scenery. The main street of Southside Street is home to the world-famous Plymouth Gin Distillery, the building dating from the early 1400s and a former monastery inhabited by Black Friar Monks. Just a few moments away is Plymouth Hoe, the natural heart of Plymouth with breath taking views across Plymouth Sound, one of the most perfect natural harbours in the world. Standing tall on the luscious green-lawned expanse of the Hoe is the iconic Smeaton’s lighthouse. It is here where Sir Francis Drake, intrepid explorer and local hero, is immortalised in a statue, situated just a few metres from the green where he finished his game of bowls before heading out to defeat the Spanish Armada in 1588.
Mothecombe Beach – 28 minutes
Mothecombe beach is one of the quieter beaches in South Devon. Large and unspoilt and at low tide Mothecombe comes into its own with fine sand and plenty of opportunity for shallow, sheltered bathing. If you’ve ever fancied a crack at windsurfing or body boarding, then conditions at Mothecombe are ideal for beginners. But if you’re a more seasoned water sports enthusiast, you might be better off seeking out other bays along the coast for more challenging conditions. If you prefer
to stay dry but still want to get a little exercise, you can access the South West Coast Path from Mothecombe beach and get some spectacular views of the surrounding coast and countryside. Dog are not allowed on the beach from 1st May to
the 30th September.
Buckland Abbey – 26 minutes
An ancient gem in the Tavy Valley landscape. When you visit Buckland, you follow over 700 years of food steps; from the Cistercians who built the Abbey and farmed the estate, to seafarers Grenville and Drake who changed the shape of the house
and the fate of the country. The Abbey is part museum, part house and filled with treasures such as legendary Drake’s Drum. There’s no mistaking the magnificence of the Great Barn, which has remained virtually unchanged since it was built all those centuries ago. Discover meadows, orchards, woodlands where you can enjoy far-reaching views of the Tavy Valley.
Wembury Beach – 22 minutes
A spectacular stretch of coastline boasting dramatic cliffs, diverse wildlife and a beach renowned for rock-pooling. A great beach, and more: some of the best rock pools in the country, masses of wildlife and views of the distinctive island – the Great Mewstone. Wembury is a great starting point for lovely inland and coastal walks to Wembury Woods and the Yealm Estuary, and around Wembury Point.