30 Free things to do…

1. Go crabbing in Dittisham, Salcombe, Kingsbridge or Dartmouth at high tide.
2. Go Geocaching in the countryside & Seaside.
3. Spot the wildfowl and wading birds at Slapton Ley.
4. Look for the village that collapsed into the Sea at Hallsands.
5. Visit St Michaels and All Angels Church in Stokenham.
6. Walk the South West Coast Path across the South Hams Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
7. Go Trail Running across South Devon’s diverse landscape.
8. Watch the fishermen coming back with their catch from their day of fishing at Beesands. What’s the big fish they’ve left hanging out?
9. Go rock pooling at low tide on South Milton Sands.
10. Head to Dartmoor and spot the wild ponies.
11. Visit Hound Tor Deserted Medieval Village.
12. Make a sand castle on Mill Bay.
13. Look out for otter and other animal footprints along the River Dart.
14. Go blackberry picking around the South Devon lanes (watch out for vehicles passing by).
15. Walk the Templer Way. An 18 mile historic walk from Haytor on Dartmoor to the seaport of Teignmouth. Takes about 10 hours and tide times should be checked in advance.
16. Take an MP3 tour of Riverford’s Wash Farm.
17. Spot Dolphins, Seals and Basking Sharks at Berry Head.
18. Swim around (or just see!) Burgh Island and visit the chapel ruins.
19. Enjoy a day out at the House of Marbles in Bovey Tracey, with there great outdoor play area.
20. See the Brutus Stone in Totnes & the castle.
21. Visit Slapton Sands and Torcross and see the Sherman Tank from the D-Day Landings.
22. Visit the Church of St Peter the poor fisherman in Noss Mayo.
23. Visit an exhibition at Harbour House.
24. Enjoy a stroll round the quaint fishing towns of Salcombe and Dartmouth, browsing the boutiques is free!
25. Go Letter-boxing across Dartmoor. *
26. Discover the inspiration behind Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Hound of the Baskervilles and the legend of Squire Cabell at the Holy Trinity Church in Buckfastleigh.
27. Visit a local farmers market and sample the delicious produce (you may be tempted to spend a few pounds). Kingsbridge is every 1st & 3rd Saturday of the month, Dartmouth is every 2nd Saturday and Totnes is every 3rd Sunday. Enjoy the samples!
28. Spend the day at Buckfast Abbey.
29. Visit the cookworthy museum and learn about the history of Kingsbridge.
30. Swim in the sea!

*Letterboxing is an outdoor pursuit with similarities to orienteering.

A small pot (the letterbox) containing a stamp and visitors’ book is hidden on the moor, and a clue is written to lead others to its position. Clues may be as simple as a map reference and list of compass bearings, or may be more cryptic.

When a letterbox is found, the letterboxer takes a copy of the stamp, as well as leaving their own personal print in the visitors’ book.

Letterboxing began on Dartmoor but is now popular in areas all over the world.