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A walk around

Medieval South Zeal Village

Walk 2

Prehistoric

Cosdon Beacon

Walk 3

Easdon Down & Hunter's Tor

Walk 4

Black-a-tor Copse

& Meldon Reservoir

Walk 5

Grimspound

and

Challacombe

Walk 1

TarkaTrail

Belstone 

Cleave

Things to do on a 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 day and night stay at The Oxenham Arms at South Zeal.

  • Guided tour of The Oxenham Arms - available to all guests - allow 1 hour - 3PM - Midnight - ask before or on arrival (free of charge)
  • Help to feed the animals at The Oxenham Arms. 2 rescue Dartmoor Ponies, 4 rare breed Dartmoor Grey Faced Sheep, 2 Ganders and 1 Goose, and 3 cats !  All need feeding twice a day. Come and help us do that ( free of charge of course )
  • A 40 minute talk discussing the history of Dartmoor from before the dynosaur's to todays Dartmoor National Park - from mid day until 11PM in the Snug at The Oxenham Arms (free of charge).
  • A walk round the village of South Zeal -one of Devon's most beautiful villages, steeped in history from the prehistoric, middle ages, Victorian to present day. Follow an illustrated guide map produced by the local history society. Allow around 1 hour (free of charge). ( see link on right of this page )
  • South Zeal Village Stores & Post Office - Open from 7.30AM-6PM ( until 12 mid day Saturday's). A shop, village tea room with home made pastries, local produce, books and video rental, Post Office with cash terminal, dry cleaning and laundry service.
  • An Afternoon Cream Tea of Afternoon Tea at The Oxenham Arms - available 7 days a week, please pre-order. Available inside or in the garden with splendid views of Dartmoor.
  • Tennis. An all year round hard court tennis court is available only 50 metres away. £5 per hour to hire the court. Racquets and Tennis Balls available from reception please pre-book.
  • Visit the 1500's constructed Parish Church at South Tawton. Only a 5 minute walk from The Oxenham Arms, our wonderful local parish church and its accompanying 15th Century Church House, open from 11AM until 5PM May until October. Please telephone for opening times during other months of the year. ( free of charge )
  • Visit the National Trust Finch Foundry in Sticklepath.  Only a 10 minute walk away is the Finch Foundry Museum. A wonderful water powered Forge constructed in the Victorian period, hourly guided tours are available, a fascinating history of Dartmoor's industrial past. ( free of charge to National Trust Members otherwise admission fee applies ) Shop and tea room onsite also. Open from May until November

     Allow 1 and a half hours for your visit and telephone them first to organise a guided tour.

  • Walk the "Tarka the Otter" trail from The Oxenham Arms up the beautiful wooded River Taw valley and the Belstone Cleave. This lovely walk will take you through some of the most fantastic Dartmoor countryside, a fairly easy walk but ensure you have walking boots as there are rocky sections and some muddy crossings. The destination is Belstone Village at the top of the moor. Allow around 2 and half hours or 1 and a half hours if you do a lot of regular walking. ( free of charge ) Dartmoor National Park.
  • Ride a horse or a pony on Dartmoor, Novice or Experienced Riders.  Only a 5 minute drive from The Oxenham Arms, the Eastlake riding team will take you on a 30 minute to 5 hour horse or pony ride on Dartmoor. A lovely experience for those who have ridden before or those who have never ridden before. Contact Eastlake Riding stables.
  • Cycling / Mountain Bikes.  If you like cycling there are good trails and road cycling routes from The Oxenham Arms. Bikes can be borrowed if you are staying as guests with us, there are 2 fold up mountain bikes available if you wish to travel further afield then do some cycling.
  • Visit Castle Drogo.  Just a 10 minute drive from The Oxenham Arms lies the fabulous National Trust Castle Drogo. This massive granite country house is the last castle to be built in England to a design by Edwin Lutyens along with its marvellous gardens. A visit to Castle Drogo will take two to three hours.
  • Walk from The Oxenham Arms up the Tarka Trail to Belstone Cleave - this 3 hour Dartmoor walk is detailed by clicking "Walk 1" button on the right of this page
  • Walk from The Oxenham Arms up to the prehistoric Cosdon Stone Row. travel back in time and climb to one of the highest points on Dartmoor. Allow 3 hours. The walk is detailed by clicking the "Walk 2" button on the right of this page
  • Visit Okehampton Town only a 3 mile drive from The Oxenham Arms, visit the old market town of Okehampton. You can spend an hour in The Museum of Dartmoor Life, wonder around the many shops and cafes.  Find the old castle, Find the antique shops and come away with a bargain or two ! Allow at least 1 hour for a visit to Okehampton. Make a point to stop by at The Victorian Pantry and Tearooms in the cobbled passageway next to the Museum.

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