Light Bites and River Walks
Treat yourself to some “Me Time” at Sampsons. It could be a lovely lunch of mussels and frites with a glass of crisp white wine on the Lavender Terrace in summer. Or it may be a fresh cafetiere of coffee and a toasted teacake after taking the dog for a walk. Come and meet friends for hot chocolate by the toasty log fire in winter; a bowl of freshly made, warming soup or a delicious hot baguette with home cooked ham and chutney whilst you peruse the paper. Or how about a traditional favourite: a Devon cream tea, with home baked scones, home made jam, some sinful West Country clotted cream and a steaming pot of tea whilst sitting under a parasol in the sun? Oh heaven……..
Come and stretch your legs, stroll along the river bank, listen to the birds sing and the water gurgling past, and reconnect with nature. You may even spot the Kingfisher if you’re really lucky. Lunch or a snack at Sampsons may be the treat at the end of a restful walk along the River Teign, just 100 metres down the lane.
Within just five minutes walk from the farm you will find yourself by the grassy river bank; several stony beaches, great for skimming stones, and two bridges perfect for playing Pooh Sticks. Very special is an ancient fording point across the river, still regularly used by Farmer Harvey to take his dairy cattle from the river meadow to the milking parlour.
The Secret Sampsons Walk ( Even most of the locals don’t know this one!) This is a leisurely half hour walk along “our” side of the River Teign along a meadow and then through old trees where the path dips to the same level as the river itself. Then turn left and stroll back to the farm along an ancient, diminutive tree lined lane, hundreds of years old. This really is Tess of the D’Urbervilles stuff…. See if you can spot the huge three tiered Badger’s set, or pick some Wild Garlic in springtime. We can lend you wellies for this one.
We can also provide you with a brochure with a selection of walks, including the Stover Canal, Stover Country Park, the sleepy hamlet of Teigngrace, and the historic Templer’s Way ( or the “Granite Tramway”) route which begins on Dartmoor and follows the River Teign all the way to the sea at Teignmouth.