Becky Falls

Becky Falls, Manaton: Hours, Address, Becky Falls Reviews: 4/5

Nature & Wildlife Areas • Zoos • Waterfalls
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Set within a spectacular ancient valley, Dartmoor’s famous Becky Falls has been attracting visitors since 1903, and no trip to Devon would be complete without a visit. Take time to explore over 50 acres of woodland and streams which are rich in wildlife. There is a choice of trails. Choose the Blue Trail for a gentler walk along the Becka Brook and through the ancient oak woodland. The Red Trail is where you will discover our stunning waterfall and its dramatic 70ft drop at the heart of the park. Why not have a go at our notoriously fun boulder scramble and if you enjoy that, carry on to the Purple Trail for views of the beautiful lower falls on more rugged terrain. Not forgetting our small zoo and exotics house. We also have a children’s nature trail, where every child wins a prize.
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Carey M
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So, I've read through some of the past reviews and I do feel that they're a little unfair.

Firstly I'll say that I've been here twice with my husband and two children, once when they were 5 and 1 and again when they were 7 and 3 and we all love it and will be going back the next time we're down there.

The trail is very hard work, I'm not gonna lie. We do the blue trail and then the red trail (which I believe are the easy and medium ones). Myself and my husband are both over weight and the first time I did the trail I had my 1 year old on my back in a carrier while my husband helped me and our 5 year old. The second time (still overweight LOL) my 3 year old managed the trail on foot (with a little help). And we still enjoyed every minute of it.

There are tricky sections and I also got a bit stuck in a very muddy puddle on our last visit but the walk is still very pleasant. The waterfall section is beautiful and we managed to get some beautiful family photos to remember the trips.

The boulders at the end of the red trail that everyone has spoken about are very daunting the first time you see them and I wouldn't recommend it for anyone with mobility issues, but, if you look ahead and plan your route through them it is doable. As I said I managed it with my extra weight and a 1 year old strapped to my back.

At the entrance there is a small animal paddock with free roaming goats and chickens and a few other animals and birds. Then, behind the cafe there is another section with insects and reptiles (we witnessed one of the snakes enjoying a lovely snack the last time we were there).

As for the price, when you consider what some places charge during the summer holidays it's very reasonable, plus you can take your own picnic so you don't have to spend extra money in the cafe.

All in all we love it and will be visiting whenever we're in Devon. If you do decide to give it a go I hope you enjoy it as much as we did :-)
Written August 8, 2022
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SB_Cymru
Wales42 contributions
Family
We went to Becky Falls during a family holiday of three generations including a 2.5 year old and a 4 month old puppy. We read a lot on Becky and Canonteign Falls and decided that Becky looked better due to being natural Falls, having a boulder climb and added bonus of animals/reptiles!
It was a drizzly afternoon (there had been a thunderstorm in the morning). We hired a free toddler backpack chair (you have to leave your car keys, driving license or a payment card with them), which was great. We took on the red trail (beware, it's one way but the map doesn't show that and we went down the boulders before realising, which was harder than it should have been!).. the red trail was so much fun, everyone enjoyed it including our toddler in the backpack. We stopped at the cafe for cake before giving the blue trail a go. Our toddler completed it on foot with ease and I think she enjoyed having a go after seeing us all complete the red trail. The gift shop staff were particularly friendly, getting our puppy a treat and we went on to buy more high quality treats for him to eat whilst we ate our cakes. The animals, reptiles and little games for kids were welcome additions. Honestly, we all loved it!
Written June 5, 2022
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icmystic
Maidenhead, UK116 contributions
Coming here was a nice way to get to see parts of Dartmoor, including the eponymous falls that are not accessible to the public. There are some animals to be seen up close, including some goats and chickens in an outdoor petting area (there is also a giant rabbit in the same area, but I doubt it would want to come so close!).

We did the blue walk, which lasted around 30-40 minutes. I carried my two year-old on my back with a carrier that can be hired for free from the gift shop. Some nice sights, including a view of some giant pigs along the way. We then decided to walk down to the main falls, which meant walking along part of the red trail. 51 steps later and there we were...but having done that, we knew were not going to attempt the rest of the red trail, let alone the purple trail which is where the ponies were. So, not all attractions are available unless you are prepared to do the lot, which is difficult with younger children.

I was very impressed by the café staff: when asking about allergens, they not only thumbed through their allergens manual, but also 'phoned a colleague when unsure. I very rarely see people make such efforts: often, the response is "Oh, I'm not sure, best assume it's not safe." Good selection of things to eat.
Written August 20, 2021
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CarolineWR
U.K.199 contributions
We were 6 adults. Young children just get to see a few sad zoo animals, as only that trail would be safe for them. However, if you have any type of mobility issue whatsoever (I am 63 and have a dodgy knee) you can do nothing EXCEPT the zoo bit, and price is far too high for that. Attempted the red route which involved some very steep steps both down and up and saw the waterfalls, which are pleasant, but cannot compare to Cumbria or Scotland. The final part of the red route (one way, so no going back) was appalling. A clamber over huge rocks with no pathway, rope, railing or anything to help. I made it with the help of 2 of my party and my knee is still agony 4 days later. Go only if you are young, very fit, willing to climb on your hands & knees and are going to see everything. Otherwise, go somewhere else.
Written August 2, 2021
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milesopie
Paignton, UK132 contributions
Couples
We enjoyed our visit and felt we made the most of what was on offer. We completed the three walking trails and enjoyed the falls; we met the animals and had lunch in the cafe. It is a great spot but I would agree with other reviewers, a little over priced. We completed everything, including lunch in just over two hours and lunch was the most over priced aspect - £7 for a panini! When I was asked if I would like Mayo, I thought I was going to get a salad, but no, just a panini - it was nice but pricey.
Written October 16, 2020
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fabulousredhead
Exeter, UK53 contributions
Couples
I took my Mum and my dog here for the day and we all really enjoyed ourselves. The views are beautiful. We did the red and purple trails, which you do need to be reasonably fit to do as it involves a lot of clambering over boulders! My dog absolutely loved it and I’ve got some lovely pictures of him amongst the scenery. Afterwards we had tea and cake in the cafe (dogs are allowed inside) which was very nice. If visiting regularly would recommend the season ticket (£22) as it is £8.50 a visit for each person.
Written February 23, 2020
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Ramblingman
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia8 contributions
Couples
Don't understand how someone can charge £8 per person for a natural beauty spot in Dartmoor National Park. Fair enough to set up a cafe, shop and even zoo next to the site if people want to use them. But if people want to see a natural feature (on OS maps and publicly sign posted like any other free natural feature) they shouldn't be charged for upkeep of goats etc that they didn't want to see. This just feels like a wealthy land owning family exploiting natural beauty for a quick 8 bucks. They try to justify this with 'upkeep of area' but the rest of Dartmoor National Park is kept up without charging the public. Hilarious that they state the falls has been 'open' since 1900s - it's thousands of years old and formed without the 'help' of the Richards family. Also telling that it is a private company, not a non profit like Nat Trust or Woodland Trust, so not all of the money needs to go on upkeep of the site.
Written April 25, 2021
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Becky Falls is a very small family owned and run business. I myself work in the café, as does my mum and my brother works in the park fixing, creating and maintaining steps, bridges etc and looking after the woodland removing non-native invasive species to keep the natural oak woodland thriving. We are also proud to employ many local people and use local suppliers. The park is essentially our garden and we live here on site. I am sorry if you did not want to see our small zoo, but it is part of our business. We appreciate we cannot be all things to all people, but we do not force people to visit us. It’s the customer’s choice if they wish to visit and pay our entry fee. The entry fee also goes towards our conservation work. Amongst other things we are now part of the national dormouse project having made and installed over 50 dormouse boxes. We are also working to protect a rare beetle species. We also have many other costs to cover such as first aiders on site, insurance, staff pensions etc. We have worked very hard to stay afloat throughout the pandemic and are proud to say that no one here has been made redundant. We are saddened that you did not come and speak to us so we could have discussed this with you at time.
Written April 28, 2021
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The Mexican
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Family
My children had visited this place with their grandparents and had been insistent that this place was amazing, spectacular etc. So I parted with the £50ish fee for four adults and two children on the expectation that we would be wowed by the outstanding beauty of the area and of course the majestic waterfalls. After parking we made our way down towards the animal enclosure to find a couple of meerkats, two chipmunks and some chickens. At this point our enthusiasm started to wain, trying to buck our spirits up we started on the red walk (all walks are one way - so be prepared for people walking in all directions- exceptionally clever given Covid-19 and no staff to be seen anywhere to control this). The walk is short, steep in places and takes you past the dribble, it is not so much a waterfall as a waterflop and we left our dreams in pieces at the bottom of it. It is a beautiful place, that has been used as a money making opportunity. To be one of the top 10 attractions in Devon is an insult to Devon which is a beautiful and diverse county. In short this is an overpriced woodland walk, which imo is best avoided.
Written August 16, 2020
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Jayne M
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Couples
Found Becky falls by chance as we were driving by, arrived an hour before closing. Paid in the car park and couldn’t believe when we had got home and checked my bank account, I’d also been charge £1.84 booking fee which wasn’t mentioned by the attendant when paying. Also thought £8.50 entry fee is a bit steep as only needed 50 mins maximum to walk round. I appreciate these places have to charge to help maintain the area but within reason please. Becky falls is over priced in my opinion. Especially expensive for families.
Written September 23, 2021
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Hayley T
Nottinghamshire, UK210 contributions
We visited on our holidays and we really enjoyed the walk.
We completed the purple walk, our children are 9 & 12. There are some steep rocky steps up and down so it is not good for anyone who would struggle with mobility issues, as the paths are very rocky! Not suitable for pushchairs. The purple route is where you will find the ponies.
The walk itself is really good, very relaxing and beautiful. The waterfall is lovely and would imagine its stunning after lots of rainfall. You can boulder across the rocks along the waterfall, a great photo opportunity for a photographer too!
At the moment its recommended to book tickets ahead of time, but you can visit when you like on the day you’ve booked. Check into the carpark and you will be given a map and an entry sticker. Car parking is included in your entry.
We spent a good 3 hours here, walking taking photos, lunch and looking at the animals.
The cafe was great with plenty of choice hot or cold, with a good selection of indoor or outdoor seating. The prices are reasonable too.
Would definitely recommend. We really enjoyed our visit.
Written August 23, 2021
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