When you visit us here at Mill End, you may decide to do precisely nothing. Enjoy our hotel, our gardens, our hospitality, and perhaps take a gentle stroll. But if you’d like to experience a little more of Dartmoor (our back garden!), Devon, and the surrounding area, we’ve put together a short list of hand-picked experiences to enhance your stay with us here at Mill End.
Do remember that opening times and facilities vary according to the time of year. We can check the details for you.
One of Britain’s few private falconry centres, Dartmoor Hawking School of Falconry, sits at the heart of Dartmoor National Park. With 35 acres of its own land, the school has plenty of space to allow guests to see these magnificent birds flying at their best. This falconry school isn’t routinely open to the public, but a variety of falconry experiences are available to book. Click the link here to book experiences with them!
Join Pete Tyjas, a well-known Westcountry fishing guide, for a day of fishing on the streams of Dartmoor. Pete will pick you up from Mill End Hotel and provide 1-to-1 training on trout fishing. Not suited to novice anglers, you’ll need river fishing experience under your belt to get the most from this experience day. There is an element of walking over uneven ground involved.
Pete likes to fish a light line on Dartmoor and will carry rods from Sage, Redington and Vision, if you would like to try them.
Price for full-day guiding, overnight B&B as a single occupant and packed lunch included £350 (£370 on a weekend) or £200 per person sharing a twin room (£210 on a weekend).
You’ll find a good handful of very satisfying golf courses within easy reach of Mill End. Okehampton Golf Course offers a exceptional golfing experience and we have arranged reduced green fees for Mill End guests.
Experience game shooting on a Dartmoor estate with Butler Del Prado. Offering shooting afternoons on the Medland estate, you’ll partake in simulated game shooting under controlled expert supervision. An exciting experience for both skilled shots and new learners alike, the Butler Del Prado shoots are in extremely high demand, so book as soon as possible to avoid disappointment!
The prices of these packages vary depending on the number of participants and the time of your stay – and so we recommend letting us know over the phone whilst booking your stay that you’d be interested in a shooting outing so that we can begin to organise your request as soon as possible.
If you bring your own bike when you visit us at Mill End, you’ll find plenty of opportunities to experience Dartmoor by bike. But whether or not you’ve brought your bike, we’d suggest you try the Granite Trail, a mainly traffic-free cycle path largely along a disused railway line with breathtaking views of Dartmoor along the way. Bikes are available to hire for the day from Devon Cycle Hire at Sourton, near Okehampton.
Devon Cycle Hire, Sourton – 14 miles from Mill End (Postcode for your SatNav: EX20 4HR).
Let us know the evening before, and we can prepare a hearty packed lunch for you to enjoy on your day out from Mill End. Proper homemade sandwiches (let us know if you’d prefer a vegetarian selection), a slice of our homemade cake, a refreshing local soft drink, and some fresh fruit to enjoy along the way.
You can also enjoy a classic Dartmoor afternoon tea at the hotel to get your fill of scones and clotted cream!