Local Area & Things To DoAkuna Lodge is situated in a wonderful spot in the South Hams in beautiful South Devon. There are so many things to do and see in the area. Here are some ideas suggestions and links that may be of interest:
WalkingThere are wonderful walks in every direction straight from Akuna Lodge. The South West Coastal Path is nearby.
A twenty minute drive brings you to Dartmoor with its stunning natural beauty , tourist attractions and literally hundreds of great walks.
The South West Coast Path
The Coastal Carriage Drive Walk
Dartmoor National Park Walks
BeachesThe lovely sandy beach at Mothecombe is on the headland south east of Newton Ferrers and Noss Mayo. There is rock pooling and a small sandy beach at Stoke Beach just beyond Noss Mayo. Across the Yealm estuary is the National Trust beach at Wembury.
Slightly further afield is the vast sandy beach at Bigbury on Sea with its walk at low tide across to Burgh Island
Eating OutThe ‘local ‘ for Akuna Lodge is the Dolphin pub which is a five minute stroll away. Serving great ales and good food , you will find a great welcome and a friendly atmosphere.
The Yacht Club in Newton Ferrers has a bar and bistro serving a good range of food. Also nearby is the Tea Rooms serving cakes and snacks . Just across the creek in Noss Mayo ( and a ten minute walk from Akuna Lodge across the causeway when the tide is out ) are two excellent pubs - The Ship Inn with its high quality menu, fine wine list and lovely position on the waterfront, and the Swan Inn, also overlooking the water and like the Dolphin with a good mix of food and ales.
There are many other village pubs and restaurants in the local area and just a little further afield lies Plymouth with its huge choice of restaurants, bistros, pubs and clubs.
The Dolphin Inn
The Ship Inn
The Swan Inn
Sailing & BoatingThe River Yealm and the nearby sea define the beauty and charm of Newton Ferrers and Noss Mayo which are a popular destination for many boats. Sailing and boating of all kinds lie at the heart of the community revolving around the Yacht Club. Sailing lessons and boat hire can be arranged locally. The area is also great for canoeing and kayaking.
Yealm Yacht Club
Canoeing & kayaking information
Other Outdoor ActivitiesThere are several golf courses within easy reach of Akuna Lodge. The nearest are at Staddon and Bigbury on Sea which are approximately 20 and 25 minutes drive respectively. There are outdoor tennis courts in Noss Mayo available to hire. There are great places to cycle in every direction from Akuna Lodge whether you are heading along the river, down to the sea or into the beautiful countryside of South Devon that surrounds Newton Ferrers and Noss Mayo. Horse riding and pony trekking is available close by.
Staddon Gold Course
Bigbury Golf Course
Newton Ferrers Equus
Other Things To DoIt’s a long list and includes things to do on those odd rainy days! A good starting point can be found at www.southhams.com and the Guardian's '10 family days out in South Devon'.
Plymouth is a 20 minute drive away and has all the dining, cultural and retail offers and other things to see and do to keep every member of the family happy!
National Marine Aquarium
South Devon Railway
River Dart Country Park