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near Burnville

The hill top church of St Michael de Rupe is part of the expansive view from Burnville Farm B&B. The church stands 1,110 feet above sea level on an ancient, extinct, volcanic cone. The views are magnificent from the churchyard in clear weather, with the majestic tors of Dartmoor to the east, Plymouth Sound and Whitsand Bay to the south, the Tamar Valley and Bodmin Moor to the west, with the heights of Exmoor just visible in clear weather to the north, but even when the moorland mist descends, this is an eerily beautiful place, as the wind whips shreds of cloud past the hill.

Lydford Gorge is under a mile away from Burnville, a short walk along the edge of the moor or along a footpath through the neighbouring farm. The steep sided wooded gorge hidden on the western fringe of Dartmoor has many myths and legends including the 30-metre Whitelady waterfall and the turbulent pot hole called the Devil’s Cauldron. You can explore the gorge with a choice of adventurous walks from one to three miles long. Throughout the seasons there is an abundance of wildlife and plants to see, from woodland birds to wild garlic in the spring and fungi in the autumn.

Heading to the east you can explore Dartmoor with its stone circles and clapper bridges, ponies and hill sheep, by foot or mountain bike; outdoor activities abound.

Drive south to discover the delights of Tavistock, voted The Daily Telegraph’s Market Town of the Year and the beauty of the Tamar Valley.

Go on further to the fishing villages of the south coast and the cathedral city of Exeter.

Head north to the rugged coastline of Cornwall and venture west to Eden and the Lost Gardens of Heligan.

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