For a visit to Devon, the award-winning market town of Tavistock has the perfect location. To the east you will find the stunning wilderness of Dartmoor National Park. To the South, the historic maritime city of Plymouth. To the West, the Tamar Valley (an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) and Cornwall - land of myths, legends, and stunning coasts. And to the North, the beaches and wide-open spaces of North Devon.
Tavistock itself is a delight to explore. A wealth of independent shops selling local products from cheese to chocolate, and from fashion to fine art. The ancient Tavistock Pannier Market, in the heart of town, features a different but equally interesting market each day of the week. And the regular Tavistock Farmers Market, in the bustling town square just across the road from The Bedford Hotel.
Dartmoor National Park
368 square miles of moorland, including the highest land in England, stunning views, awesome granite tors, fast-flowing rivers, and deep woody valleys. Paradise for walkers, and for anyone who loves the outdoors and nature’s beauty.
Tavistock Pannier Market
Tavistock has had the distinction of being voted Best Market Town in Britain. Tavistock’s thriving Pannier Market can be found in the heart of town, just a two minute walk from The Bedford Hotel.
Sister-company to The Bedford Hotel is Princetown-based Dartmoor Brewery – England’s highest brewery. The team at Dartmoor Brewery are passionate about brewing top quality real ales using the finest local ingredients, and take huge pride in their links with the local community and the beautiful Dartmoor environment. The Brewery itself isn’t open to the public, but there’s a shop stocked with delicious Dartmoor ales and gifts.
Lopwell Dam Nature Reserve
The River Tavy, which gives its name to the town of Tavistock, rises high on Dartmoor and eventually joins the River Tamar which meets the sea at Plymouth Sound. The highest tidal point of the River Tavy is marked by Lopwell Dam, which is well worth a visit when you stay with us at The Bedford Hotel.
Tamar Trails Centre
For a day of outdoor adventure, you’ll find the Tamar Trails Centre in the beautiful Tamar Valley just 10 minutes from The Bedford Hotel. A choice of activities for for cyclists, walkers and horse riders.
A short drive from Tavistock, Lydford Gorge is the deepest gorge in the South West, with a spectacular 30-metre waterfall, riverside walks, and an array of wildlife, plants and trees. Throughout summer, wild flowers add to the spectacular backdrop, and the autumn colours are stunning.
Plymouth - Britain's Ocean City
Plymouth’s spectacular and world-famous Hoe seafront, and historic Barbican district, combine to provide a city which is rich in heritage against a unique maritime backdrop. When you tire of the sea views, head into the City Centre for high-street names, and plenty of independent shops to explore.
The 13th Century Buckland Abbey, fifteen minutes from Tavistock, reveals the story of two sea-faring adventurers, Sir Richard Grenville and Sir Francis Drake, who changed the shape of the house and the fate of the nation.
An award-winning and highly evocative living museum and visitor centre in the heart of the West Devon and Cornwall Mining Landscape World Heritage Site and Tamar Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
A 21-mile mainly off-road cycle and walking trail linking Tavistock with Plymouth. Enjoy superb countryside, and architectural features such as Gem Bridge (replacing the original railway viaduct) and Grenofen Tunnel. Visit their website for a downloadable trail map and details of cycle hire.