Canonteign Falls on Dartmoor Devon

Canonteign Falls

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For the school holidays we have been trying to go to places that we haven’t been before and since we live in Devon we really are spoilt for choice as there is so much to see and do.

For the first week of the holidays I was searching for places that were both child and dog friendly, as the puppy suffers with anxiety and isn’t great at being left alone, trust us to get one with issues. Anyway that is how I came across Canonteign Falls.

Canonteign Falls

Canonteign Falls is England’s highest man made waterfall, 220 feet high. It is situated within Dartmoor National Park in the Teign Valley. As well as the main waterfall itself there is also some smaller waterfalls, 7 lakes, 2 play parks, a cafe, a shop and giant bunnies.


Play Park

The first thing we came across was the play park which has a ship, swings, a climbing frame and two trampolines. Just before the park is where you will find the giant bunnies which are very cute.


After we’d had a play we carried on with our mission to find the waterfall. As it was Easter we were also doing the Easter Hunt where we had to find the signs with the bunnies and a letter on. The aim was to find all of the letters to make a word. If we got the word at the end the kiddies got some chocolate. It was a great way to keep them motivated to carry on walking.

The Waterfalls

Canonteign Falls

This was the first waterfall that we came across…

Canonteign Falls


When we first saw the main waterfall the kiddies got very excited, which you can see in the video at the bottom of the post.


On the way up to the top we walked through the Secret Garden and the Victorian Fern Garden.

Canonteign Falls

Top of the Waterfall

After a lovely walk through the woodland we finally reached the top of the waterfall. The views were fantastic!

Canonteign -Falls

Canonteign Falls

Children’s Nature Trail

There is also a children’s nature trail at Canonteign Falls with information boards along the route. We had to keep our eye out for the snake and the giant spider.



Assault Course

Back at the bottom we found the assault course complete with a 30m zip wire. We also had a quick look at the beehives and the lakes although by that point everyone was feeling a bit tired so we decided to head home.


It really was a lovely day out with some fantastic views and I loved the fact that we could take the dog with us. It is also very reasonably priced. Canonteign Falls has definitely gone on my list of favourite places to visit in Devon.

Prices (2016)

Adult: £7.50. Children: 4-16 yrs £5.75. Family Ticket £24.00.

If you are local it is definitely worth looking into getting a friends of Canonteign Loyalty Card which is the same price as two visits and means you can come back as many times as you like in a year, well worth the money.

Annual Fee: Adults: £15.00. Children £11.50. Family Ticket: £48.00.

You can also find a 10% off voucher on their website which you can print off and take with you.


A Review of Canonteign Falls in Devon

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