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Castle Drogo

You can explore the 'last castle to be built in England' and the fantastic gorge that extends into the Dartmoor wilderness below at dog-friendly Castle Drogo – a National Trust property that has recently been rescued from almost certain ruin by an extensive restoration project (the castle itself will actually have scaffolding around it for up to four years as this work is completed, but it will remain open throughout). The castle boasts an amazing Lutyens-designed terraced garden, a explosively colourful rhododendron valley and rose gardens, a cute café and a spell-binding Bunty House (Wendy House) complete with its own miniature garden, which will send bonsai explorers into their own little fairy world.

Post-renovations you will be able to explore rooms never before open to the public. Dogs are confined to the gardens, but these are extensive, and beyond the castle's immediate surrounds you can walk for miles through the verdant Dartmoor forestscape that descends dramatically down into the sheltered Teign Valley, following winding trails though the trees down to the banks of the river that gives the gorge its name. Walk, run or mountain bike with your dog through this wild playground for as long as you can keep going, or bring a picnic and treat the family and the dog to an al fresco experience that will keep tails wagging for days.