Docton Mill Gardens
Located in a pretty valley less than a mile from the rugged Devon coast, the gardens were established in the 1930s but fell into decline in the 1970s. In the 1980s the mill was renovated and a new bog garden was created. Following this, an extensive new planting programme added a magnolia garden with large herbaceous borders, a woodland garden and greenhouse area enabling full-scale plant propagation. In season, colourful displays of narcissi, primula, camellia, rhododendron, azalea and bluebells turn the woods into a riot of colour. In summer the garden is filled with the scent of roses. Docton Mill’s tea room is famous for its cream teas so don’t leave without trying one.
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With magnificent coastlines, two historic cities and the world-famous Dartmoor National Park, Devon sums up all that is best about the British landscape. For centuries it has been a fashionable and much loved holiday destination – especially south Devon’s glorious English Riviera.
Close to the English Riviera lies Dartmoor, one of the south-west’s most spectacular landscapes. The National Park, which contains Dartmoor, covers 365 square miles and includes many fascinating geological features – isolated granite tors and two summits exceeding 2,000 feet among them.
Not surprisingly, in Dartmoor the walking opportunities are enormous. Cycling in the two National Parks is also extremely popular and there is a good choice of off-road routes taking you to the heart of Dartmoor and Exmoor. Devon’s towns and cities offer stimulating alternatives to the rigours of the countryside.
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