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Canonteign Falls

Address Canonteign Falls
Near Exeter
Telephone 01647 252434

Short Description

A dramatic combination of waterfalls and lakes located in the beautiful Teign Valley in Dartmoor National Park.

Long Description

There are two sets of waterfalls at Canonteign today: the natural falls which have existed in this valley since time immemorial and the spectacular Lady Exmouth Falls, named after the 3rd Lady Exmouth and built under her direction in 1890.

An impressive feat of engineeering, the Lady Exmouth Falls were created by local miners under the direction of Lady Susan Exmouth after they had been made redundant following the closure of the estate's silver mines. The waterfalls are the highest manmade waterfalls in England, measuring some 70m; they provide one of the most breathtaking photographic and painting opportunities in Devon today.

Canonteign has a total of 7 lakes including the Lily Lake and Swan Lake, the latter being home to our pair of Black Swans, Dame Margot and Rudolph. The Lower Lakes provide a fascinating walk in themselves, giving you the opportunity to visit wildlife in its natural habitat and spot kingfishers, bats, butterflies, wildfowl and otter. In the early 1990s the current Lord Exmouth constructed these lakes and here, particularly in spring and early summer, carpets of yellow buttercups and orchids adorn the grass meadows surrounding the lakes. We have recently added a round sitting bench and 12 poems around an ancient oak tree, which we have named Poets' Corner. Poets' Corner is designed as a peaceful area where you can sit and dream away a sunny afternoon surrounded by some of the most beautiful views Devon has to offer.

We have 3 distinct walks available at the Falls designed to provide something for all ages and abilities. Ask at the Reception desk for details. In spring and early summer you will see an abundance of primroses, bluebells, wood anemonies and wild garlic. There is every chance of spotting Roe or Fallow deer, which are prolific in our woods. The woods also provide a perfect habitat and places to nest for robins, blackbirds, finches, woodpeckers, nuthatches and wrens. Once coppiced for a variety of uses, the last time the woodland at Canonteign was managed for commercial purposes was during the 2nd World War, when wood was felled for the war effort; some of this wood was never in fact collected.

Open March to November ::
Low Season :: Monday to Friday 10am - 4pm (last admissions 3pm)
Saturday and Sunday 10am - 5pm (last admissions 4pm) ::
School Holidays :: Monday to Sunday 10am - 5.30pm (last admissions 4.30pm)
*Cafe closes 30 minutes after last admissions ::



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