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Becky Falls

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Discover Dramatic Waterfalls and Woodlands at Becky Falls

Tumbling into a steep wooded valley near Dartmoor, Becky Falls is a magical natural retreat promising a revitalising walk through ancient woods, over cascading waterfall tiers and beside tumbling streams.

With its mossy cliff walks, trickling water features and tranquil atmosphere, Becky Falls makes the perfect scenic day out exploring one of Devon’s most spectacular waterfall woodlands. Here’s everything you need to know.

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Getting There

Becky Falls is located just outside of the village of Manaton near Newton Abbot in Devon. It sits around 9 miles north west of Torquay. Follow signs from the A38 turning onto the B3387 near Drumbridges Roundabout.

By Car

Driving is the easiest way to reach Becky Falls. Simply follow the directions above and brown tourism signs. There is a large pay and display car park onsite at the entrance.

Public Transport

Becky Falls can also be accessed by bus. Stagecoach service 167 from Newton Abbot stops in Manaton village. From there it’s a pleasant 1 mile walk to Becky Falls through countryside lanes.

Opening Times and Prices

Becky Falls is open daily from 10am until 5pm in summer and 4pm in winter. Last entry is 30 minutes before closing. It only closes on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Entry prices are:

  • Adults: £9.75
  • Seniors: £8.75
  • Children (4-16): £8.76
  • Under 4s: Free
  • Families (2 adults + 2 kids): £35

Annual membership options are available for regular visitors. Dogs on leads are welcome throughout the grounds.

Highlights of Becky Falls

From dramatic cliff walks and cascading waterfalls to ancient woodlands carpeted in bluebells and wild garlic, every turn unveils a new natural wonder at Becky Falls.

Some of the highlights include:

  • The Main Falls – A powerful 60ft waterfall pouring into a rocky plunge pool. Get dramatic views from cliff-edge observation platforms.
  • Woodland Trails – Follow winding paths under canopies of ancient oaks and beech trees.
  • Lakes and Cascades – Admire tumbling streams, tranquil pools and mini-waterfalls hidden amongst the trees.
  • Lookout Points – Get unique views over the valley and falls from clifftop gazebos and lookouts.
  • Wild Garlic Walk – In spring this path is carpeted in pungent wild garlic. The aroma fills the air.
  • Bluebell Woods – Later spring sees swathes of bluebells blooming across the valley floor.

Allow 1-2 hours minimum to walk the main trails through these spectacular woodlands – longer if you’re a keen nature spotter or just like to dawdle in nature!

Unsurprisingly, Becky Falls is included in the list of the 12 Best Waterfalls in Devon.

robin at becky falls

The Waterfalls

The stars of the show at Becky Falls are the cascading waterfall features formed by the River Bovey flowing through the reserve. The names give a sense of their magical characters.

  • Midnight Cascade – Dark overhanging cliff walls create a mysterious cavern effect around these falls.
  • Electron Falls – One of the widest and most powerful sets of falls onsite.
  • Henna Cascade – Pretty delicate veil-like falls flowing over mossy rocks.
  • Milkmaid Falls – Wide 15ft falls with white water torrents.
  • Sulphur Falls – Named for the yellow mineral deposits that colour the rocks.

There’s an abundance of magical cascades and water features to spot alongside the woodland trails.

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Family Friendly Fun

As well as scenic walks, Becky Falls incorporates interactive elements for family fun:

  • Riverside play trail – Balance beams, mini-cascades and natural play zones line the streams.
  • Discovery Trail – Spot local wildlife and trees with themed trail booklets.
  • Frogstone Rock – Search for creatures hiding within this giant natural rock formation.
  • Tree carvings – Intricate wood carvings and forest art installations provide interest.
  • Picnic meadow – Pack a picnic to enjoy in these open grassy meadows.

From toddlers to teens, Becky Falls’ adventure play elements engage kids’ natural curiosity as they learn about wildlife and nature. The trails are also accessible for buggies and wheelchairs with assistance.

Facilities and Food

The onsite cafe provides hot meals, hearty sandwiches, sweet treats and hot drinks in a casual setting. There is indoor and outdoor seating available.

The shop stocks gifts, waterfall souvenirs, walking maps and refreshments. Toilets and baby changing facilities are also located within the grounds.

Insider Tips for your trip to Becky Falls

Here are some handy tips to make the most of your waterfall walk:

  • Visit in spring to see spectacular bluebells and wild garlic carpeting the trails.
  • Follow the paths clockwise from the entrance to finish at the cafe.
  • Pack a raincoat as the trails stay open in wet weather.
  • Look for rare birdlife like dippers and kingfishers around the falls.
  • Avoid weekends if you prefer a peaceful, crowd-free walk.

Let the gentle sound of tumbling waterfalls and enchanting woodland scenes relax you on a revitalising nature walk at Becky Falls. It’s a magical place where water, trees and wildlife come together in harmony.

becky falls map
Map of Becky Falls

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you take dogs to Becky Falls? Yes, dogs are allowed, but they must stay on a lead.

How did Becky Falls get its name? It was previously known as Becka Falls, on the Becka brook, a tributary of the river Bovey. Its name was changed when it became a tourist attraction, and the name Becky Falls is now well known all around Dartmoor.

Is Becky Falls man made? No, not at all. It is an entirely natural waterfall.

What is the biggest waterfall in Devon? It is Canonteign Falls, about 30 minutes drive to the North West.

Nearby places to visit

There are some really good places near Becky Falls to visit.

  • Canonteign Falls: A stunning series of waterfalls located in a wooded gorge.
  • Haldon Forest Park: A large woodland area with a variety of walks and trails. 
  • Newton Abbot Museum: A museum dedicated to the local history of Newton Abbot. 
  • Haytor Rocks: A group of granite tors that offer stunning views of the surrounding countryside. 
  • Hound Tor: A granite tor on Dartmoor that is said to be haunted. 
  • Stover Country Park: A large park with a variety of activities, including walking, cycling, and fishing. 
  • Dartmoor Whisky Distillery: A distillery that produces a range of single malt whiskies.
  • Templer Way: A long-distance footpath that passes through Becky Falls.

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