The local area

In the countryside

Whether it’s your first trip to Cornwall or you’re a regular visitor, the Cornish countryside is guaranteed to take your breath away. Luckily there are plenty of ways to explore direct from Honicombe.  Hop on one of the most picturesque train rides in the country or maybe take to two wheels and cycle your way around some challenging trails.  Whichever way you choose to take it all in, you’ll find stunning countryside views whichever way you turn!

2 mileS / 6 minutes

Take a Ride on the Tamar Valley Line

Taking the train is one of the best ways to take in the dramatic sights and scenery of the Tamar Valley Nature Reserve.  Hop aboard in Gunnislake and enjoy a leisurely ride through the most spectacular landscape.  Don’t forget to hold your breath as the train crosses the 120m high Calstock Viaduct which links Devon and Cornwall.

Ride the Tamar Trails

Set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the 25km of dedicated off road bike trails has challenges to suit hardcore riders and novices alike.  Choose from level routes the whole family can enjoy to more adrenaline fuelled trails for those seeking more adventure.  Cool off and refuel afterwards at the onsite Beech Tree Café.

3.4 miles / 11 minutes

3.5 miles / 10 minutes

Kit Hill Country Park

The rugged granite peak of Kit Hill is popular for its incredible views and fascinating history. Take a picnic and tackle the two hour walking trail taking is as much of this beautiful spot and it’s unique wildlife as you can.  Explore the quarry and old mines or climb to the very top of Kit Hill and enjoy uninterrupted vistas all the way from Bodmin to Dartmoor and beyond.

Hike Cadsonbury Hill Fort

Wander along the River Lynher through Cadsonbury Woods exploring the riverside flora and fauna.  A great spot for families, take the pooch along too for a splash in the water.  If you’re feeling a little more energetic hike up to the Iron Age Cadsonbury Hill Fort for some breathtaking views across the Cornish countryside.

6 miles / 13 minutes

10 miles / 15 minutes


Dartmoor is one of our favourite grown up playgrounds just a quarter of an hour from Honicombe.  Whether you’re after a gentle ramble, challenging hike, wild swim or dare devil mountain bike trail, Dartmoor has it all. Find a remote moorland pub to round off your day of adventure and exploration with a local beer, a good feed and lots of stories, myths and legends about Devon’s famous granite wilderness. 

Bodmin Moor

The wild and rugged vastness of Bodmin Moor is a great place to lose yourself for a day. Clamber up dramatic granite tors, tackle countless walking trails across the bleak and romantic landscape or hunt down Poldark’s cottage deep in the moor.  Take a flask and some snacks and really explore the hours away.

21 miles / 38 minutes