In or very near to Mary Tavy are several country inns, which serve excellent food and local ales. Jail Ale is brewed at the Princetown Brewery near Dartmoor Prison, and is served widely.
Wheal Betsy, just outside Mary Tavy, is the last remaining engine house on Dartmoor from the copper, lead, zinc and tin mines of the 18th to early 20th century. It is now a National Trust property illustrating the mining heritage of the area, as part of the World Heritage Site.
The Church of St. Michael de Rupe (St. Michael of the Rock), Brentor, is as its name suggests, a church on top of a tor. Services are held here, but it is also a wonderful place to visit just for the views. In clear weather you can see the expanse of Dartmoor to the east, Plymouth Sound and Whitsand Bay to the south, the Tamar Valley and Bodmin Moor to the west, and the heights of Exmoor just visible to the north. The church stands 1,110 feet above sea level on an ancient, extinct, volcanic cone.
There are many lovely places to visit and things to do within easy reach of Kirkside Barn, whether you like attractions and activities, stately homes, natural beauty, historic sites, shopping, or sea and sand.
Our holiday home is an ideal base from which to explore the delights of Dartmoor, with all its scenic beauty and varied wildlife, whether on foot, horseback, by car or bicycle. Borrow one of our Ordnance Survey maps and visit ancient stone circles and standing stones, which are free to clamber around.
Morwellham Quay, a preserved Victorian port on the River Tamar, has a historic copper mine and railway as well as period clothes for dressing up in. The TV series ‘Edwardian Farm’ was filmed here.
Don’t forget to sample a Devon cream tea along the way from one (or more!) of the many tea rooms and hotels serving delicious scones, jam and clotted cream.