Surrounding Area

  • General Area

    Located between the village of Stoke Gabriel and the medieval town of Totnes, in glorious South Devon, Aish Cross Holiday Cottages are just a 5 minute drive from one of the country’s most beautiful rivers, the River Dart.

    The River Dart valley is great place to spend a holiday appealing to familiescoupleswalkers, water enthusiasts and bird watchers alike. Just 1 mile away in Stoke Gabriel you can take a walk alongside the banks of the river, go crabbing or launch your own boat or canoe.

    Just a 5 minute drive away is Paignton Zoo Environmental Park – one of the very best in England  attaching a high importance on conservation of species and with over 2000 animals – and it takes the same time to reach the quaint Elizabethan market town of Totnes, with its many individual shops and cafes (to preserve its independence and identity , the town famously voted to ban the opening of a Costa Coffee Shop!).

    A 15 minute drive further down the Dart towards Kingswear you can visit the National Trust gardens of Greenway House, Agatha Christie’s previous home. From here you can take the short passenger ferry across to the picturesque waterside village of Dittisham and enjoy a pint and meal at The Ferry Boat Inn. At Kingswear take the car ferry across to Dartmouth. Here you can sample some fabulous food, great shopping and take one of many different boat trips on offer.

    Also a 15 minute drive away is Coleton Fishacre – another lovely National Trust property with beautiful gardens – previously the country home of the D’Oyly Carte family.

    Away from the Dart there are some great beaches within an easy drive including the popular Torbay beaches. Beyond Brixham, just off the beaten track is Mansands which is more peaceful. In just under a hours’ drive you can get to the superb award winning blue flag rated Blackpool Sands and many other excellent beaches.

    The wonderful mild climate of the River Dart valley means it is a great place to enjoy all year round, perfect if you enjoy walkingfishingbird watching, eating & drinking, golfhorse-riding not forgetting canoeingsailing and crabbing.

  • Places to Eat

    Stoke Gabriel 1 mile

    The River Shack – 01803 782520
    Situated between the millpond and the village quay the River Shack is a great place for coffee, ice cream and to watch the children crabbing.

    Church House Inn – 01803 782384 
    A characterful beamed local set on a cobbled path by the Church which serves great beer and cider.

    Emmas Bistro – 01803 782697
    Excellent home cooked food. Fish ‘n’ Chip night Wednesday – eat in or takeaway

    Totnes 3 miles

    The Waterside Bistro – 01803 864069
    Casual eating and wine bar – the food is pretty good and great value.

    The Royal Seven Stars -01803 862125
    Enjoy home cooked food in the saloon or eat in their restaurant TQ9 which offers a menu sourced from fresh, local ingredients, or their Brasserie.

    Rumours Wine Bar – 01803 864682
    Easy going and cosmopolitan – a bit alternative and unusual but excellent menu.
    We like it and have had many fun evenings there.

    Willow –  01803 862605
    Popular vegetarian restaurant offering a great selection of vegetarian and vegan dishes.

    Steam Packet Inn – 01803 863880
    Particularly nice for lunch on a sunny day – tables in the open by the river.

     A little further a field

    The Corbyn Head –  Torquay 01803 213611
    A delightful Sunday lunch

    Bickley Mill Inn, Stoneycombe –
    More of a restaurant, nice décor and an excellent wide range of menu.

    The LinnyKingskerswell  01803 873192
    A warm welcome, tasty food and great choice of beers, wines and spirits

    The White Hart, Dartington Hall –
    Set in the middle of the Dartington Estate, perfect for summer lunches and with its huge fireplace great for winter time too.

    The Malsters Arms, Tuckenhay – 
    Situated on Bow Creek this waterside pub is in a stunning location. Great food and excellent spot to spend a summer lunch or try one of their regular evening BBQs

    The Ship InnNoss Mayo -01752 872387
    On the quayside, a lovely place to stop off following a walk along the coast. Watch the tide when you park your car!

    The Weary Ploughman, Churston Ferrers –
    Quite a large family run pub & restaurant serving good food at moderate prices- recently refurbished – nice décor etc.

    The New Inn, Moreleigh – 01548 821326
    A really good place to enjoy steak and chips. A hidden gem, beer from the barrel a real local.

    Manor Inn – Galmpton – 01803 661101 
    Excellent pub fare with plentiful portions

    Coppa Dola InnBroadhempston -01803 812455
    Local pub with good atmosphere, home of the 2 in 1 pie

    AmiciTorquay -01803 201770
    Deliciously fresh Italian fine dining

    The Cricket InnBeesands –01548 580215 –  Local sea food.

    The Old Market House – Brixham – 01803 856891 –    – Local Sea Food.

    Le Bistrot Pierre – Torquay – 01803 221213 – – French Cuisine

    Finally for those very special meals (more expensive!)

    The Seahorse, Dartmouth 
    The Elephant , Torquay 
    No 7 Restaurant , Torquay
    The Orestone Manor, Torquay
    Orange TreeTorquay – 01803 213936

  • Places to Visit

    Quay West 
    Open from May each year, this is a wet and wild water park set on Goodrington beach in Paignton. Great family fun.

    Woodlands Leisure Park
    60 acres of entertainment, 15 family rides + play zones designed for all ages. Watercoasters, Toboggan Run, Arctic Gliders & Bumper Boats and one of the biggest indoor venture zone around.

    Pennywell Farm & Wildlife Centre
    Multi award winning farm activity park with lots of outside and indoor things to do and animals to see.

    China Blue
    Paint your own pottery in one of the largest studio’s in the South West, great for a rainy day.

    Paignton Zoo Environmental Park 
    There’s is a whole animal kingdom waiting to be explored all packed into 80 acres of natural habitat.

    Living Coasts, Torquay’s Coastal Zoo 
    Come face to face with penguins, catch the seals in their underwater viewing area and watch the elegant sea birds.

    Paignton and Dartmouth Steam 
    Jump aboard in Paignton, Goodrington beach or Kingswear and experience some stunning scenery along the Torbay Coastline.

    South Devon Railway
    This train follows the River Dart for 7 miles between Totnes and Buckfastleigh. Paid parking by the mainline train station or Totnes leisure centre and take the 10 walk to the platform

    Take one of their many pleasure cruises on the River Dart, the Dartmouth to Totnes trip is the most popular where you can make a round trip by taking a steam train and open topped double decker bus.

    Places of Interest All Under 6 miles

    Agatha Christie’s house on the banks of the River Dart. The beautiful garden stretch down to the river where you will find Christie’s bathhouse.

    Coleton Fishacre
    This 1920’s house is in the arts & crafts style. Gardens are a haven of dense woodland and filled with rhododendrons and a scattering of rare rainforest plants

    Berry Pomeroy Castle 
    Former home of the Pomeroy and Seymour families, set in woodland and is rumoured to be one of the most haunted castles in Britain.

    Totnes Castle 
    This castle has commanding views of Totnes and the River Dart. It is one of the best surviving examples of a Norman castle.

    Compton Castle
    A fairy tale castle which was used for the set of Sense and Sensibility (2005). It has a medley of fortified towers and battlements. Dartington Hall & The 1200-acre Dartington Hall estate is located in the heart of South Devon. This encompasses one of the finest gardens in the south west with many beautiful woodland and riverside walks.

  • Leisure Activities


    Ashley’s Fishing Trips, Paignton Harbour 
    Mackerel fishing trips and deep sea fishing trips


    The Vue – Cinema‎
    Located on the seafront in Paignton with 9 screens including 3D screens.

    The Barn Cinema, Dartington Estate 
    This is an independent cinema set in a converted 14c barn with a wide film range program including art house, world and mainstream.

    Horse Riding

    Babeny Farm Stables 
    Situated on Dartmoor near Poundsgate, stunning off road riding for experienced and beginner riders.

    Dittiscombe Equestrian Centre – 01548 581049
    Located a few miles away from Slapton Sands the centre offer lessons and hacks for novice to experienced riders. Hacking in quiet country lanes and tracks. Indoor and Outdoor schools.

    Cheston Equestrian Centre – 01364 649461
    Hacking on Dartmoor and indoor school suitable for all levels.


    Riviera Centre, Torquay 
    Great wave pool with a flume.

    Shoalstone Outdoor Pool 
    A sea water pool with free entry situated near Berry Head in Brixham.


    Churston Tennis Club 01803 844577

    Torquay Tennis Lawn Club 
    3 indoor courts as well as floodlit outside grass & claytex courts.

    Water sports

    Ski west water sports 
    Water ski and jet ski hire.

    South Devon Discovery Surf School 
    Offers all year round tuition in Bigbury on Sea

    Canoe Adventures
    Guided tours on the river dart


    Fine coastal headland course stretching along the cliffs towards Brixham.

    Dainton Park
    Undulating parkland course with water features on 6 holes and 2 of the toughest opening holes in Devon.

  • Dog Friendly Beaches and Walks

    Dogs are not allowed on the following beaches between 1 May and 30 September 2017:

    • Breakwater Beach
    • Broadsands Beach
    • Corbyn Head
    • Goodrington Sands (South Sands)
    • Hollicombe Beach
    • Meadfoot Beach (South western part)
    • Oddicombe Beach
    • Paignton Sands
    • Preston Sands
    • Torre Abbey Sands

    However, dogs and their owners will still have access to the following beaches all year round:

    • Ansteys Cove
    • Babbacombe Beach
    • Beacon Cove
    • Beesands Beach
    • Churston Cove
    • Dawlish Town Beach/Dawlish Warren Beach – please check as some restriction apply.
    • East Portlemouth
    • Elberry Cove
    • Exmouth – please check information locally as some restrictions apply.
    • Fairy Cove
    • Fishcombe Cove
    • Goodrington Sands (North Sands)
    • Institute Beach
    • Livermead Sands
    • Maidencombe Beach
    • Meadfoot Beach (North Eastern part of the beach)
    • Millbay
    • Ness Cove, Shaldon
    • Oyster Cove
    • Peaked Tor Cove
    • Saltern Cove
    • Seaton Beach – please check locally as some restrictions apply.
    • Shoalstone Beach
    • Shelley Beach, Exmouth
    • Salcombe North Sands
    • Sidmouth Beach – please check locally as some restrictions apply
    • Slapton
    • St Marys Bay
    • Strete Gate
    • Teignmouth River Beach
    • Thurlestone/South Milton
    • Torcross
    • Watcombe Beach.

    Dogs must be kept on a lead on the promenades.

    If in doubt always check the carparks and signs by the beach for any restrictions.

    Thurlestone Beach

    One of the few dog friendly beaches you can find in Devon, Thurlestone Beach is a National Trust beach located near Kingsbridge.

    The area offer hilly, flat and of course, beach walks, which is also a fairly quiet spot, which is unusual for most beaches in Devon.

    Parke, Bovey Tracey

    Part of the National Trust, Parke features lovely walks around the grounds and woodlands of the grand country Parke House.

    There are many different types of walks to choose from, you can go through the woodlands, are along the streams.

    Dogs are welcome in the grounds of the house, but are asked to be kept on a lead where stock is grazing. There are also animals across the grounds.

    And to end this eventful walk, you can enjoy the dog friendly pub the Cleave

    River Avon Dam, Dartmoor

    An excellent scenic walk, as to be expected from Dartmoor. Starting at Shipley Bridge you will walk alongside the river where your dog may choose to have a dip in, before making your way up to the dam. The walk may be slightly hilly, but it is pathed the whole way, making it accessible for wheelchairs and pushchairs.

    Stover Country Park

    You can find this country park just before you reach Newton Abbot, where you will discover the surrounding woodland.

    The only restriction for dogs is that they cannot go into the lake.

    Bradley Woods

    Just a nice recreational walk  – Newton Abbot

  • Dog Friendly Places to Eat/Drink

    Local dog friendly Pubs/Cafes/Restaurants

    Below is a list of some of the dog friendly eateries in our local area in order of distance – do feel free to ask us for recommendations

    Index Guide:-



    R = Restaurant

     Stoke Gabriel – 1 mile approx

    The Castle Inn                         P          01803 782201

    The Church House Inn           P          01803 782384

    The River Shack                      C/R      01803 782520

    Totnes – 3 miles approx

    Waterside Bistro                    P/R      01803 864069             Outside with heaters not inside

    The Steam Packet Inn           P/R      01803 863880             In bar area, and outside only

    The Royal Seven Stars           P/R      01803 862125             All bars but not restaurants

    Rumours Wine Bar                 P/R      01803 864682

    Willow                                          R          01803 862605

    Littlehempston 4.7 miles approx

    The Pig and Whistle Inn         P/R      01803 863733

    The Tally Ho                                P/R      01803 862316

    Dartington – 5 miles approx

    The Cott Inn                               P/R      01803 863777

    The White Hart                          P/R         01803 847111          Outside only (Dartington Hall)

    Paignton –  5 miles approx

    East in the West                        R          01803 269875

    TJs                                                   R          01803 527389             Terrace and by arrangement inside

    The Boat House                      C/R         01803 665066

    Ye Old Smokey House          P/R         01803 557630            Bar area only

    Marldon 5.1 miles approx

    The Church House Inn           P/R      01803 558279             Bar only, not restaurant

    Ashprington 5.6 miles approx

    The Durrant Arms                  P/R      01803 732240

    The Watermans Arms            P/R      01803 73214               Bar only, not restaurant

    Brixham  – 6.4 miles approx                              

    Rockfish                                  P/R      01803 850872            

    The Erne Lister Bar                  P/R      01803 855751

    Staverton 6.5 miles approx

    The Sea Trout                         P/R      01803 762274

    Riverford Field Kitchen          R          01803 762074             Must advise when booking

    Broadhempson – 6.5 miles approx

    The Coppa Dolla                     P/R      01803 812455

    The Monks Retreat                P/R      01803 812203

    Harberton 6.6 miles approx

    The Church House Inn           P/R      01803 863707

    Tuckenhay –  7 miles approx

    The Malsters Arms                 P/R      01803 732350

    Torquay – 8 miles approx

    Angels Cafe                              C          01803 324477

    Le Bistrot Pierre                     R          01803 221213             Bar area, prior notice required

    Moreleigh 10 Miles approx      

    The New Inn                           P/R      01548 821326

    Cornworthy 10.7 miles approx

    The Hunters Inn                     P/R      01803 732204

    Bigbury 20 miles approx

    The Oyster Shack                   R          01548 810876