Places to visit in Ruby Country

There are many interesting and exciting places to visit and things to do in Ruby Country bringing you in contact with different aspects of the area and its heritage and wildlife.

With everything from special visits, places of wildlife interest, local history and heritage to water sports and golf, there is something for everyone.

Click on the links below to learn more about these places and to help you make the most of your visit to Ruby Country. Alternatively, use this map to become more familiar with places to visit in Ruby Country.



War Horse Valley Country Farm ParkWar Horse Valley Country Farm Park

Parsonage Farm, Iddesleigh, Winkleigh. EX19 8SN Tel: 01837 810 318

Parsonage Farm has been farmed by the same family for nearly 100 years and is the farm around which the book War Horse by Michael Morpurgo was set, along with the parish of Iddesleigh.

It was also once home to Revd John ‘Jack’ Russell, first breeder of the terriers to which he gives his name.
This beautiful hidden part of Devon boasts stunning scenery of rolling hills and valleys with Dartmoor as its magnificent backdrop.
Come and explore War Horse Valley – its farming history, its people and its Wartime stories and of course the place where the story of Joey and Albert was born.

Vineyard_TourEastcott Vineyard

Lower Eastcott Farm, Northlew, Okehampton. EX20 3PT Tel: 01837 811 012

Our beautiful 6 acre vineyard lies in central West Devon, nestling in a delightful vale, a few miles from Okehampton. From the top of the vineyard the highest point of Dartmoor National Park is just visible behind Heath Moor ridge, which gives all important shelter to the local area. Because the grapes are grown in this country, we can call our wine English, as distinct from British.

gnome reserveThe Gnome Reserve

West Putford, Bradworthy. EX22 7XE    Tel: 01409 241 435

Visit one of North Devon ‘s family run attractions a fun day out for the whole family.

For a completely unique 100% fun experience, simultaneously 100% ecologically interesting, with an extra 100% wonder and magic mixed in, visit The Gnome Reserve.

Set amid truly rural countryside between Bideford and Bude just 7 miles from the Devon Cornwall border. the 4 acre Reserve comprises woodland, stream, 30 yard pond, meadow and garden – home to 1000+ gnomes and pixies, and about 250 labelled species of wild flowers, herbs, grasses and ferns.

trethorneTrethorne Leisure Park

Kennards House, Launceston. PL15 8QE  Tel: 01566 86324

Trethorne Leisure Park is a friendly, family run establishment, situated on the Devon / Cornwall border and is the ideal venue for Family Entertainment and Function Facilities, Coach Stops and Conferencing.

Holsworthy MuseumHolsworthy Museum

Manor Car Park, North Road, Holsworthy. EX22 6DJ Tel: 01409 259 337

Situated at the heart of the ancient North Devon market town, Holsworthy Museum tells the story of the town’s long and rich past, as well as rekindling fond memories of yesteryear.

Housed in part of a building that is in itself a museum piece – a small manor house dating from the 17th century, which was used as a parsonage for over 200 years – the rooms are filled with memories of the past.

With hundreds of objects and curios, many unique and unusual, and some you may remember from days gone by, there’s something to interest everyone.

Come and spend an hour wandering through five rooms of nostalgia and local history and uncover some of our hidden treasures.

Open Easter until mid- December

Monday to Friday 11am to 1pm
Closed weekends and Bank Holidays

Other times by appointment

Admission is free but we rely heavily on your donations to keep the museum open

Roadford LakeRoadford Lake & Country Park

Broadwoodwidger, Lifton. PL16 0JL Tel: 01566 784 859

With over 730 acres of water, Roadford Lake has a genuine offer of something for everyone. It’s a place where you can walk, fish, sail and cycle, or simply just relax with a good cream tea !

little starsLittle Stars

The Milky Way, Clovelly, Bideford. EX39 5RY  Tel: 01237 432 006

We offer imaginative and adventurous play for babies, toddlers and young children. Whether they love dressing up, reading books, playing with cars or something a little more adventurous like assault courses and slides, we’ve got it covered. Plus, there’s a dedicated soft play area and play frame for children under 3, as well as a sensory room that babies will adore. Our award winning baby and toddler classes are among the best you’ll find and provide the perfect opportunity to spend some special one on one time together each week…where you’ll both have fun and help your child’s development in the process!

dartmoor railwayDartmoor Railway

Okehampton Station, Okehampton, EX20 1EJ Tel: 01837 55164


Welcome to Dartmoor Railway Supporters Association. The association is a volunteer organisation dedicated to supporting the Dartmoor Railway, in conjunction with their associated company, GraniteLine Ltd.


Tamar Lakes Country Park

Kilkhampton, Bude. EX23 9SB Tel: 01288 321 712

Come and enjoy a fun-filled day for all the family at Tamar Lakes, where you will find a host of activities available to keep visitors of all ages involved in fresh air fun all day long.

dinglesDingles Fairground Heritage

Milford Farm, Lifton. PL16 0AT Tel: 01566 783 425

The Dingles Fairground Heritage Centre is proud to present the National Fairground Collection. It is a facility unique in the UK, designed to capture the magic of a bygone age through exhibits, vintage engineering and stunning artwork displays. The Dingles Fairground Heritage Centre is a 45,000 square foot indoor attraction that provides a unique opportunity to view our Fairground Heritage in a beautiful rural location.

big sheepThe Big Sheep

Abbotsham, Bideford. EX39 5AP Tel: 01237 472 366

When looking for the best Devon days out, The BIG Sheep is an award winning attraction full of fun and laughter for the whole family.

The whole flock is committed to ensuring that everyone in the family has a guaranteed great day out in Devon. Now open weekends and school holidays through the winter, only you can enjoy indoor play at North Devon’s Biggest Playground.

milky wayThe Milky Way Adventure Park

Clovelly, Bideford. EX39 5RY Tel: 01237 431 255

If you’re looking for fun days out and things to do in Devon, The Milky Way Adventure Park has it all! Ride the Cosmic Typhoon Devon’s tallest, fastest & longest roller coaster. Have a wild time in North Devon’s biggest indoor adventure play area with assault courses & slides built for adults & children.

harlequinnsHarlequinns Leisure

Stucley Road, Bude. EX22 8AR Tel: 01288 355 366

Bowling at Harlequinns Leisure.

There are ten lanes with animated scoring, glo-bowling and disco lights.
Ramps and gutter rails are available so that all ages and abilities can play, including those with disabilities.
You will find a warm atmosphere and sophisticated surroundings.
They also offer Screamers Play Zone
All children that enter the Play Zone are stunned by the sheer size and excitement of this huge indoor adventure fun tower, they never get bored, there are:
Six levels reaching right up to the roof!
An 8 metre high demon drop slide, do you have the courage? (opening times for this feature may vary) and much much more.

okehampton castleOkehampton Castle

Castle Lodge, Okehampton. EX20 1JA Tel: 01837 52844

The impressive ruins of this, the largest castle in Devon, stands on the banks of the river Okement in the foothills of Dartmoor. The central keep is still impressive atop its motte, and there are excellent walks through the woodlands surrounding the castle.

launceston steam railwayLaunceston Steam Railway

St Thomas Road, Launceston. PL15 8DA Tel: 01566 775 665

The Launceston Steam Railway links the historic town of Launceston with the hamlet of Newmills. The line runs for two and a half miles through the glorious Kensey Valley along the trackbed of the old North Cornwall Railway, where once express trains from Waterloo thundered along.

tamar ottersTamar Otter & Wildlife Centre

North Petherwin, Nr Launceston. PL15 8GW Tel: 01566 785 646

Take this unique opportunity to observe the British Otter close up, and plenty of other animals too! This is one of the most popular wildlife Parks in Cornwall, it makes a great day out for the whole family in the beautiful countryside of Cornwall.

the splashThe Splash

Stucley Road, Bude. EX22 8AR Tel: 01288 356

The Splash swimming pool in Bude is a great way to spend a few hours if you fancy a change from the beach or if the weather is disappointing. For a few pounds the children will love the large pool with flume and wave machine, and the beach-style shallow end is ideal for toddlers who want to splash and float about safely

hidden valleyHidden Valley Discovery Park

Tredidon, St Thomas, Launceston. PL15 8SJ Tel: 01566 86463

Hidden Valley – An extraordinary adventure park in beautiful Cornish countryside offering great family entertainment whatever the weather. With so much to entertain everyone, the whole family will want to return time after time.

arlington courtArlington Court and National Trust Carriage Museum

Arlington, Nr Barnstable EX31 4LP Tel: 01271 850 296

Arlington Court is an unexpected jewel on the edge of Exmoor, a complete family estate held by the Chichester family for over five hundred years. The collection consists of treasures for all tastes, from model ships to shells, collected over several generations. The house itself, built in 1823 and extended in 1860, has an austere facade. However, inside the cosy rooms purvey a homely, family atmosphere.

The Carriage Museum in the stables has a vehicle for every occasion from cradle to grave. Currently on loan from the Houses of Parliament is the Speaker’s State Coach, a glorious, gilded carriage with over 300 years of history.

hartland-abbeyHartland Abbey

Hartland, Bideford. EX39 6DT Tel: 01237 441 496

Hartland Abbey and Gardens offers a warm welcome to visitors from the end of March until October. It makes a perfect day out in this area of outstanding natural beauty. Hartland Abbey is a fascinating house with a welcoming feel only experienced in a cherished family home with all its treasures and memorabilia collected over many generations.


atlantic-pursuitsAtlantic Pursuits,

Kilkhampton, Bude. EX23 9TH Tel: 07974 718145

We are a small company with 30 years of travel and outdoor pursuits experience. In all activities that Atlantic Pursuits offers, you will be guaranteed top class tuition and first class care and attention with highly qualified coaches

Segway Bude,

The Weir, Marhamchurch, Bude, Cornwall EX23 0JD  Tel: 07399687548

Which way? Segway! Find out what all the fuss is about at Segway Bude.

This is a unique day out where you can try something new while taking in the lovely Cornwall countryside. Segways are specially designed to use self-balancing technology, which basically means it’s easy peasy! You’ll be given a full safety briefing before setting off, and a helmet comes as standard.

Take your family on a two-wheeled adventure – the southern wilds are your oyster!


Ruby Oak Park,   

Brandis Corner, Holsworthy EX22 7YA  Tel: 01409 221580

Aqua Stars provides swimming lessons for children and adults of all ages and abilities and for schools. We aim to make our lessons enjoyable and structured enough for children to perform strokes with correct technique and to be safe in and around water.

We also want to give all our pupils the opportunity to learn and take part in other activities like snorkelling, life saving, water polo and we have some new exciting activities coming soon!

Cafe now open to the public



dunsland-gates-justine-seedhouseDunsland (National Trust),

Brandis Corner, Holsworthy EX22 7YQ


A grand Parkland abundant in wildlife and with over 900 years of history
Perfect for a walk or picnic, the tranquil, ancient parkland of Dunsland park once befitted the grand house that stood in its midst.The park is home to a variety of trees, including 700-year-old Sweet Chestnuts and old fruit trees.The trees in Dunsland park support many rare lichens and provide a rich habitat for wildlife.

Colourful Blue Bells and Primroses can be seen in spring and you may hear the rustle of Doormice and Roe Deer. Look out for Dippers and Sparrow Hawks too

Wander around the remaining buildings of Tudor Dunsland House. All apart from the old stable and coach house were lost in a fire in the 1960s.


Cookworthy-Forest-81-300x200Cookworthy Forest

Nestling in the heart of Ruby Country is Cookworthy Forest, an emerald gem and a great place to visit. Good for picnics, walking, cycling, horse riding and orienteering, wildlife watching and escaping from it all.

statfold woodStatfold Wood

Statfold Wood near Ashwater, is a new native broadleaf woodland, wet in places but really peaceful and rich in plant life. There are deer and several species of bird of prey.

1048859.012.jpgHolsworthy Woods

Situated 2 miles south of Holsworthy on A388 Launceston road. Ideal for walking and cycling on maintained forestry tracks.

witherdonWitherdon Wood

Situated approximately 2.5  miles east of Ashwater, Witherdon Wood is owned and managed by Forestry Commission. Maintained forestry tracks, ideal for walking, cycling and horse riding. Plentiful wildlife.


winsford_garden_border_originalWinsford Walled Garden

Winsford Walled Garden, Winsford Lane, Halwill Junction. EX21 5XT

Visit an artist’s summer flower garden. Historic productive gardens from the 1890s, abandoned during the war, recently restored in the 21st century.

Winsford Walled Garden is an inspirational garden full of summer colour and interesting planting. A large mature bamboo grove has a collection of many different varieties – probably the largest in the Westcountry. The two restored Victorian teak glasshouses are also a major feature of the gardens.

rhs rosemoorRHS Rosemoor

RHS Garden Rosemoor, Great Torrington. EX38 8PH

The original garden at RHS Garden Rosemoor was created by Lady Anne Berry, and is a true plantsman’s garden. The whole of Rosemoor is surrounded by woodland, and the acidic soil and valley-bottom location proffer their own challenges, as despite a generally mild climated, the garden is subject to frosts from October through to May. Highly ornamental gardens with shrubs, roses, perennials and bulbs were established during the first ten years of the gardens’ life, and now the emphasis has shifted to more extensive, long-term projects.

docton millDocton Mill & Gardens

Docton Mill, Lymebridge, Hartland. EX39 6EA

Docton Mill Wild Flower Gardens are situated in North Devon (UK) in a stunning valley, 1000m from the coast. The Garden started in the 1930’s but fell into disrepair in the 1970’s. 1980 saw the Mill renovated and Garden cleared with extensive planting and the creation of a new Bog Garden and borders, vast numbers of trees were planted. The start of the new Millennium saw developments including a new Magnolia Garden with large Herbaceous borders, Woodland Garden and Greenhouse area enabling more extensive plant propagation. Gold Medal award winning flower garden at Devon County Show

hartlandHartland Abbey and Gardens.

Hartland Abbey, Hartland, Bideford. EX39 6DT

From 1157-1539 the Augustinian canons lived and gardened in this hidden paradise. In the 18th century woodland gardens were created on either side of the Abbey with woodland walks leading to walled gardens, built to be sheltered from the worst of the Atlantic gales. In the late 19th and early 20th century Gertrude Jekyll was a frequent guest at the Abbey and was instrumental in helping Lady Stucley create the intimate paths and small terraces of the Baronet’s Bog Garden, Victorian Fernery and Camellia Garden.

gnome-dThe Gnome Reserve and Wild Flower Garden,

West Putford, Bradworthy. EX22 7XE Tel: 01409 241 435

Set amid truly rural countryside between Bideford and Bude just 7 miles from the Devon Cornwall border. the 4 acre Reserve comprises woodland, stream, 30 yard pond, meadow and garden – home to about 250 labelled species of wild flowers, herbs, grasses and fern.


Clovelly Court Garden

Clovelly, Bideford. EX39 5TA  Tel: 01237 431 781

When you visit Clovelly, be sure to visit the gardens at Clovelly Court. Plants thrive in this sheltered sunny corner of North Devon, which has the added benefit of the warmth the Gulf Stream brings.

You’ll find these old walled gardens a contrast to the rest of the village, so do go along and enjoy their beauty. Protected from the winds and bounded by an avenue of lofty lime trees, they are usually a month ahead of the season – but you’ll find that there’s always something to see and enjoy at any season of the year.


tapeley parkTapeley Park & Gardens

Instow, Bideford. EX39 4NT  Tel: 01271 860 897

There are five distinct yet contrasting areas in these expanding gardens, now a good 45 acre site. It is best known for its formal Italian terraces renovated by Mary Keen and Carl Klein in the mid-1990’s. The unique sheltered south-facing site means rare and tender plants similar to those found at Tresco can be grown. The walled Kitchen Garden, worked traditionally, is full of fruit and vegetables. In contrast there is a new vibrant Permaculture Garden demonstrating the benefits of companion planting to reduce pests and diseases. This is already looking good. No inorganic sprays or fertilisers are used on the vegetables.

marwood hillMarwood Hill Garden

Marwood, Barnstable. EX31 4EB  Tel: 01271 342 528

This magical and very special 20 acre private garden with three lakes is set in a valley tucked away in North Devon only 4 miles from Barnstaple. Created by Dr Jimmy Smart VMH in the late 1950’s the gardens are a wonderful haven in which to relax and enjoy the impressive collections of plants, shrubs and trees and experience the views and peaceful atmosphere. The garden has featured on many garden programmes over the years and is enjoyed by visitors of all ages looking for inspiration, relaxation or just a great day out with the family. The view across the valley from the Garden Tea Room is spectacular, the food served is delicious, and the Plant Sales area is sure to tempt you with the variety of unusual plants for sale. Dogs on leads are welcome too.

arlington courtArlington Court Gardens

Arlington, Nr Barnstable. EX31 4LP  Tel: 01271 850 296

Formal Victorian garden with conservatory rebuilt in 2012, planted with exotic species and walled garden providing produce for the tea room and flowers for the house

bowdens hostasBowdens

Cleave House, Sticklepath, Okehampton. EX20 2NL  Tel: 01837 840 481

We have dealt with hostas for over 30 years and are acknowledged as the leading hosta nursery in the United Kingdom. Bowdens is a “growing” business and in recent years we have diversified into other plants and garden furniture. The acquisitions of Rickards Hardy Ferns, The Pot and Grass Company, The Bamboo Store and The Outdoor Space Company have served to strengthen our ability to serve our customers with a wider range of products.


dunslandDunsland, National Trust


A grand Parkland abundant in wildlife and with over 900 years of history
Perfect for a walk or picnic, the tranquil, ancient parkland of Dunsland park once befitted the grand house that stood in its midst.

halwill junctionHalwill Junction Nature Reserve

Purchased by Devon Wildlife Trust from British Rail in 1990, Halwill Junction is a disused railway line with a variety of habitats. The old railway track has been converted into a surfaced cycle path connecting Halwill Junction to Cookworthy Forest.

dunsdonDunsdon Nature Reserve

Located about 5 miles west of Holsworthy, Dunsdon is probably one of the most important remaining areas of culm grassland in Devon

meethMeeth Quarry Nature Reserve

Meeth Quarry is unlike any other Devon Wildlife Trust nature reserve. Its industrial past has dramatically shaped its present.

ash moorAsh Moor Nature Reserve

Ash Moor nature reserve lies in the heart of the Culm Natural Area in north west Devon. It contains areas of high quality culm grassland, species rich meadows and restored species rich meadows.

roadford natureRoadford Lake Nature Reserve

The Roadford Lake LNR at the northern end of the reservoir is 34 hectares of freshwater, swamp, marshy grassland, dense scrub willow carr, broadleaved woodland and coniferous plantations.

north-devon-bioshereNorth Devon Biosphere

Reaching to the heights of Dartmoor and Exmoor and via the sea to Lundy, North Devon’s Biosphere Reserve is one of 669 Reserves in 120 countries designated by UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere Programme and was the first of 6 to be designated in the UK. All exist to inspire a positive future by connecting people and nature.

devons-ride-theRuby Country Partnership is pleased to be supporting these businesses and would like to support more. If you are interested in working with Ruby Country Partnership to develop and promote your business please contact us at Holsworthy Information Centre on 01409 254185 or email us at



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