Activities & Facilities
Canonteign Falls is a unique family attraction in the heart of the Devon and Dartmoor countryside. Away from the crowds and set in over 90 acres of ancient woodland, lakes and wetlands, Canonteign Falls is the perfect place for outdoor adventure and the perfect tranquil family day out for the whole family. We welcome dogs on leads inside and out.
Canonteign Falls allows you to get back to nature amidst beautiful surroundings. With two dedicated children’s play areas, picnic spots, standing stones as well as paths, trails and bridges across cascading streams there is so much to explore and entertain the family for the whole day !
We hire out baby carriers for £3 each in the gift shop so that even the youngest visitors can enjoy the lovely walks. We also have a baby changing facility in the disabled toilet.
Discover facts you never knew as you and the children follow our information boards around the Falls walk on our Children's Nature Trail. Climb up through the Secret Garden and the 90 steps to the Victorian Fern Garden and on to the top of the waterfalls where you will be rewarded with breathtaking views of the Devon countryside.
Over the season we are running various fun activities for children especially in the holidays. See our up and coming events tab on the website for further details.
Zip Wire and Mini Assault Course
Our 30m zip wire is a firm favourite with our younger visitors. Zoom through the air on this flying fun adventure! Combine this with a timed race around our mini assault course where you can practise your climbing, swinging and balancing skills on the various obstacles on offer. Suitable for children from 5-12 years.
Children's Play Area
A huge wooden galleon, the 'Indefatigable' named after the estates original owner Admiral Pellew's most famous ship is perfect for budding sailors amongst us, the ship is a great place to make believe and provides lots of fun with climbing walls, slide poles and rope ladders.
We also have two large trampolines, swings and a climbing frame with slide providing hours of fun allowing you to relax on a bench and enjoy the spectacular views across our Lily lakes and national parkland scenery.
Quentin Blake inspired Green Ship
Sailing on the banks of the Lily Lake is a wooden replica of Quentin Blake's Green Ship. Below our bee garden and assault course this ship is located within a short walk of our café and children are invited to climb and explore on it’s life size deck. The vision for the ship is as a garden with planting plans including aromatic herbs and shrubs which along with other greenery will make a fabulous natural playground for children and adults to enjoy.
Canonteign Falls provides the perfect environment to sustain and promote a healthy colony of bees. No artificial fertilisers are used on our land allowing wild flowers, particularly clover to thrive.
There are now 6 working hives in the Canonteign bee garden itself alongside. Four of the hives are National hives and two horizontal topbar hives. The locations of the hives has been planned to allow our bees flowers to forage March through to October.
Early forage such as willow and crocus means the bees can start raising their young on the collected pollen and nectar. Plants that flower late into the autumn such as ivy and gorse mean that they can ensure their honey stores are stocked up ready for a winter inside the hive.
The bee garden includes native wildflowers such as ox-eye daisy and musk mallow, culinary and medicinal herbs such as thyme and mint, climbing plants like hops and honeysuckle, as well as a sea of bee-friendly flowers like phacelia, borage, geranium and roses.The garden is a calm haven, with the gentle sound of buzzing bees throughout the pretty orchard which is home to ancient varieties of apple tree.
Whilst we try to make Canonteign Falls as accessible as possible to our visitors, it is a natural environment and some parts of some walks are steep and/or have naturally exposed tree roots. We do advise that the route up to Lady Exmouth Waterfalls is steep at certain points (more particularly the 90 Victorian Steps) and we recommend sensible walking shoes or trainers should be worn. We have walking poles which we are happy to loan out for free if you are unsure of your footing.
At Canonteign Falls we are committed to helping disabled visitors as much as possible. The natural terrain of the estate makes it difficult for wheelchair and pushchair users to access the highest waterfall as the paths are steep and uneven. Our Lily Lake walk (Grandads Way) is level and passable in good weather and offers a beautiful circular walk around the lake and to the base of Clampitt Falls which takes about 20 minutes.
Our Disabled car park is situated on the left hand side of the entrance drive, there is a sloping path down to reception.Access to Canonteign Kitchen and Gift Shop is on one level through reception, although there is a small door lip which our staff will happily help you across. Inside the cafe itself, there is one small step with a ramp available on request. We have a disabled toilet with access up a slight gravel slope.
For visitors with any disability we would recommend ringing our friendly team on reception before setting out so we can give specific advice on trails to reflect individual needs. We offer free entry to wheelchair users and carers receive a £1 discount off the entry price.
Our Waterfall walk is not accessible to pushchairs but the circular walk around the Lily Lake is passable by pushchair in good weather. We hire out baby carriers at £3 each available at reception. There are baby changing facilities in the disabled toilet.
Heart or Lung Conditions
Those with a heart or lung condition may find the 'Waterfall Walk' quite strenuous. However, the walk around the main lake and down to the wetlands is of a more gentle nature with a slight incline on the return journey. There are plenty of places to sit and rest.