Around Cadhay –
what to see and do in the Otter Valley and East Devon
Cadhay is located just outside of Ottery St Mary, an attractive parish
town on the River Otter some ten miles from Exeter and six miles
from the sea at Sidmouth. Mentioned in Domesday in 1086, the town
is the birthplace of Samuel Taylor Coleridge. It is probably most
famous today for its annual Tar Barrels, an event that takes place
each year on Guy Fawkes Night when the tar barrels are set alight
and carried through the streets of the town by local residents. Apart
from this extraordinary happening, Ottery is a peaceful and beautiful
town that has all the amenities, including excellent independent
shops for local food as well as one of the best wine merchants in
the South West.
East Devon is an ideal place to enjoy walks, along the lovely Otter
Valley, around West Hill and Woodbury Common, and on the South West
Coast Path. The nearby coastal stretch that extends across East Devon
and West Dorset takes in the so-called Jurassic Coast World Heritage
Site, covering some 95 miles of stunning coastline with rocks recording
185 million years of the Earth’s history. Each stretch of coast tells
its own history, from the red sandstone cliffs of Exmouth and the
smooth East Devon pebblebed that washes out to sea at Budleigh Salterton,
to the chalk white cliffs of Beer and Lyme Regis’s fossil-laden Undercliff.
In seaside towns such as Sidmouth, Budleigh Salterton and Exmouth,
to the west, and, to the east, Branscombe, Beer, Seaton, Lyme Regis
and West Bay you can explore prehistoric geology or pursue traditional
seaside activities alike.
In addition to walking, East Devon is great for cycling along quiet,
near traffic-free lanes.
Attractions near to Cadhay include Escot, Bicton Park, Seaton Tramway,
The Donkey Sanctuary and Crealy all of which will appeal to families.
Otterton Mill is extremely popular for its arts and crafts, food
and nearby walks. Sporting activities include swimming at Sidmouth
and Honiton; Leisure Centres at Ottery St Mary (fitness suite and
dance studio) and Honiton; watersports on the Exe; golf at Honiton,
Woodbury and Budleigh Salterton; and a range of outdoor activities
on Dartmoor including rock climbing, canoeing, orienteering and more.
Devon in recent years has emerged as one of the best regions in
the country for local, quality food and drink. There are outstanding
independent food shops, producers, excellent pubs and restaurants,
all virtually on the doorstep.
Devon is a compact county. From the seaside to the grandeur of wild
Dartmoor, over rolling green pasturelands and thickly wooded forests,
and from town and city to rural and quiet country, it is a place
that deserves to be visited and explored.
Cadhay is your ideal base for discovering this fabulously beautiful
Jayne Covell, Cadhay house manager, knows Cadhay and the area intimately
and is happy to advise on your stay.
Listed below are some suppliers which might be helpful in planning
your stay here:
Piper One of the best independent wine merchants in
the South West
Country Farm Butcher
Crusty Cob Bakery
Harvest Store Farm shop with good local foods, fruit and veg
and much else
Catering Our recommended outside caterer
We can recommend two excellent pubs serving food not far from
Golden Lion at Tipton St John
The Five Bells at Clyst Hydon
Only slightly further afield, we can also recommend the following
outstanding food destinations:
Darts Farm at
Clyst St George near Topsham - a food lover's destination
Jack-in-the-Green at Rockbeare - award-winning gastro-pub and restaurant
at ABode Exeter - celebrity chef's restaurant and hotel
HQ - the headquarters of Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall - courses,
food shop, canteen
Oyster & Fish House at Lyme Regis - outstanding fish and shellfish
in Lyme Regis