Newton Abbot is a great place to base yourself for your stay in South Devon. Whether you’re looking for a town to explore and shops to discover, nearby beaches with great seaside amusements, wide open stretches of countryside full of foot paths, cycle routes and stunning views or a relaxing break away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life Newton Abbot has it all!
A Green Flag-winning park is close at hand to the south of Newton Abbot. Decoy Country Park was once on the grounds of Forde House, and its name comes from the wildfowl that would be decoyed here to keep the house’s larder safe.
There’s a pond (a flooded clay quarry) with densely wooded banks offering a haven for waterfowl and threaded with a path.
You can rent a canoe or paddle board from a jetty on the west bank in summer, where there’s also a nature discovery centre and kiosk for refreshments.
The children’s playground at Decoy Country Park is a cut above, with a small world of climbing equipment, swings and slides, as well as a zip-line and a splash pad that opens in summer!
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