A selection of some of our favourite places to explore and enjoy in Cornwall & Devon


Check out some of our guests' favourite places in the southwest


From coastal and moorland treks to paddleboarding on the River Tamar


From traditional pub grub to restaurant fine dining all within a short drive


You'll be surrounded by stunning moorland, woodland, river and seaside walks, making for great days out in all weathers. From the rolling hills of Princetown to the meandering River Tamar as it passes Cotehele, there's something for everyone not too far away from Bar-K. Our favourite treks include Kit Hill, Tamar Trails, Churchtown, Rame Head and Cardinham Woods.


Tucked away in South East Cornwall’s stunning ‘Forgotten Corner’, Adventure Bay is just 40 minutes drive from us, based at Tregonhawke Beach Whitsand Bay. Adventure Bay has built a solid reputation as one of the UK’s most exciting and unique surf schools, offering quality watersport experiences with a personal touch. To book your surf lesson during your stay at Bar-K, just contact us or visit Adventure Bay's website. If you're planning to head to the north coast, then Westcountry Surf School also runs surfing lessons from the beautiful destination of Watergate Bay.


The Notter Bridge Inn is a traditional welcoming pub and restaurant just 5 minutes down the road from Bar-K. Sat on the River Lyhner the dog-friendly pub serves a good choice of drinks including Cornish ales along with a great menu of locally sourced home cooked hearty dishes.

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Imagine yourself quietly cruising the flat water of The River Tamar, taking in the calmness of the natural beauty that surrounds you. Paddleboarding is a fun and fascinating way to see the river from another perspective. It's also easy to learn and brilliant therapy for the body and mind. Mai Adventures are based only 20 minutes from us at Cargreen and offer lessons and expeditions up and down The River Tamar and various other river and coastal locations. For more info or to book your paddleboarding session, contact us or visit Mai Adventures's website.


The highest point in the Tamar Valley is 5 minutes' drive from us and has over 400 acres of heathland to explore. It's completely dog-friendly and is also home to the infamous Louis Tea Rooms and Engine House at Compton Park, which both serve up decent eat-in and takeaway food with breathtaking views. Kit Hill Country Park shows how humans have worked minerals on marginal upland since the stone age. Located in the Tamar Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Kit Hill is a distinctive outcrop of the great granite mass that runs under the whole of Cornwall. The area is rich in archaeology from a Neolithic long barrow to 19th-century mining remains, and is also home to a rare array of animal and plant life.


The beaches of Whitsand Bay offer over three miles of stunning golden sand from Polhawn Fort to Portwrinkle and are considered one of Cornwall’s hidden gems. At low tide, the long unbroken stretches provide great walking or jogging opportunities, whilst the varying swell keeps paddleboarders, kayakers and surfers happy, riding some beautiful Atlantic waves. Rockpools dotted along the beach reveal fascinating marine life, and out to sea the bay is a popular dive site, home to HMS Scylla, an ex-naval frigate sunk in 2004 to form an artificial reef. Lifeguards are on station at various points along the beach between May and September.

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Less than 15 minutes from Bar-K are the well-kept National Trust grounds of Cotehel which host a multitude of dog-friendly trails including a walk to Calstock where you can stop for refreshments at The Tamar Inn. High on the banks of Th e River Tamar you will find Cotehele House, a medieval property with Tudor additions. It is a rambling granite and slate-stone manor house on the banks of the River Tamar that has been little changed over five centuries.


The Crooked Inn is a family run traditional country pub & hotel which has been trading for over 30 years. Set within 10 acres of the beautiful countryside of Trematon, the popular pub has stunning valley views, making it the perfect getaway for a lunchtime meal. The Crooked Inn is very dog-friendly and also has resident ducks to keep you company if you're dining alfresco.


If fine dining is your thing, then Tavistock has a multitude of diverse and high-quality restaurants along with its share of character pubs too. Our favourites include Church Lane (featured in the photo), The Cornish Arms, Robertsons Pizzeria, Taylors, Thariks Tandoori and The Bedford Hotel. Tavistock is an ancient and beautiful market town based on the edge of Dartmoor National Park, so you could combine a moorland or riverside walk with some quality food and drink, and perhaps a nose around some of the artisan independent shops that occupy its high street.


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