Places to visit and things to do


For keen walkers Ordnance Survey Explorer maps numbers 115 (Exmouth and Sidmouth) and 116 (Lyme Regis and Bridport) cover a lot of the area accessible from the chalet by foot. Both show part of the South West Coast Path and the Dorset and East Devon Coast World Heritage site. The chalet itself is on the very edge of map 115.

If you like walking why not try…

  • The cliff walk from Branscombe to Beer
  • Walks on nearby Dartmoor


The Donkey Sanctuary, one of the chalet’s nearest attractions, offers a number of options for visitors including meeting the donkeys, walks around the sanctuary, a wonderful nature centre, a well-stocked gift shop, ‘The Hayloft’ restaurant and a seasonal calendar of special events. Entry to the sanctuary is currently free.

If you like attractions why not consider…

  • Pecorama a family day out with gardens, games and trains
  • Beer Quarry Caves – a vast man-made complex of underground caverns

Historical and cultural landmarks

Castle Drogo is famously the last castle to be built in Britain. Set high above the Teign Gorge on the edge of Dartmoor, this Lutyens designed, granite building offers snapshots of the Drewe family’s life in the first half of the twentieth century. Also take time to explore the beautiful Arts and Crafts inspired garden, the views over the Gorge and the large visitor centre with café and shop.

If you enjoy historical buildings and gardens, why not visit…

Towns and cities

The quaint sea-side town of Lyme Regis offers a variety of different visitor attractions including the harbour with its walled ‘Cobb’, the Marine Aquarium, Lyme Regis museum, fishing and diving trips, a theatre and cinema, and Monmouth Beach which is popular with fossil hunters.

If you enjoy visiting towns and cities, why not explore…

Cliff walk
Donkey Sanctuary
Castle Drogo
Lyme Regis harbour