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Widecombe-in-the-Moor, Dartmoor One of the prettiest and best known moor villages, Widecombe boasts a historic church alongside the green, quaint tea rooms and cafes plus a couple of good pubs. Wander down the hill for a garden pub meal at the Rugglestone Inn and enjoy a local beer in the company of ducks and hens. Or fight your way into the village on September 13 for the legendary Widecombe Fair, the annual historic agricultural show. Canonteign Falls and Country Park, Christow A breathtaking combination of waterfalls and cascades located in the beautiful Teign valley. England's highest waterfall drops 70 metres as it tumbles through massive rock formations and ancient woodland. Bicton Park Botanical Gardens, Exeter The Sir Walter Raleigh tank engine running on a narrow gauge line is the perfect way to explore this 63-acre family-friendly park. The arboretum contains more than 1,000 trees, while other highlights are the Palm House, Tropical House and Italian, Mediterranean and American gardens. Buckfast Abbey, Buckfastleigh This peaceful sanctuary that has stood for nearly 1,000 years is home to a community of Benedictine monks. The abbey, which offers a warm welcome to guests, is famous for its stained glass, beekeeping and its tonic wine. Free entry. House of Marbles, Bovey Tracey There's no chance of losing yours here! See the biggest marble in the world and the largest collection of marbles; watch the 'snooki', the biggest marble run in Britain, and try your hand at glass blowing. Free entry. Dartmoor Prison Museum, Princetown The museum offers an interesting insight into a building that was commissioned in 1805 in the wild uplands of the moor to house French prisoners. The prison still operates today at Category C level, holding 625. Botanical Gardens at Paignton Zoo More than 5,000 specimens include some of the world's rarest plants that thrive in the Devon climate. The Amazon water lily sits alongside the Chilean wine palm. Pony Centre, Moretonhampstead Children will love their first experience of lead-rein pony rides at the miniature pony centre. There's an aviary, mini tractors and soft play. Exeter Cathedral Visit one of the finest examples of decorated gothic architecture with its medieval vaulted underground passages. Castle Drago, Drewsteignton Set above the Teign Gorge, this remarkable granite building was commissioned by retail tycoon Julius Drewe, and designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens. Behind the imposing facade, poignant family keepsakes sit alongside 17th-century tapestries. Formal gardens are complemented by walks into a rhododendron valley.
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Apr 9, 2011
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