Devon as a holiday destination can be split up into a number a very distinct and different areas, ensuring most visitors will find their perfect corner of the county. This guide is split into different subject matters to help you find the best base and part of the county for you, whether you are looking for country walks, historical exploration, market towns, sandy beaches or family fun days out.
The county’s areas can be divided into the following:
For family fun
Head to South Devon to The English Riviera (Torquay, Paignton and Brixham) and Teignmouth to the East where there are numerous safe and sandy beaches with parking, easy access and on-site amenities. There are many big family attractions to choose from here too, including adventure parks, zoos and steam railways to name a few.
The windswept beauty of Dartmoor is a walkers paradise while to the north, Exmoor offers more of the same. Also recommended are the two stretches of the South West Coast Path which run across the North and South coastlines. On the North Coast, the scenery is rugged and windswept where Atlantic rollers pound the coast. To the South, sheltered bays create many photo opportunities with wide estuaries and sandy coves.
For market town explorers
Try the A38 corridor which runs from Plymouth in the west to Exeter across the southern edge of Dartmoor. The towns of Ashburton, Kingsbridge, Totnes, Buckfastleigh and Dartmouth offer locally made crafts, unusual gifts and Devon cream teas in abundance. And with the cities of Exeter and Plymouth both have new city centre retail developments.
A county of history and heritage.
It’s difficult to recommend Devon’s hotspot for exploring the county’s heritage. With 33 National Trust sites dotted across the country and 16 English Heritage sites, you will not have far to travel.
For action and adventure.
Try surfing and a number of extreme sports from one of the many experience providers in North Devon. Established as one of the top surf spots in the country, there is also the opportunity to try kitesurfing on the wide sandy expanses, while across the area, cycling and horse riding are great ways to enjoy the landscape.
And finally … for peace and quiet
For those of who want nothing more than a peaceful break from the pressures of modern day life, try the South Hams in South West Devon, home to Salcombe and Dartmouth. Explore picturesque villages set amongst rolling hills, welcoming pubs and some of the most spectacular coastline in England.
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