How to spend your holidays in Devon – Devon has long been regarded as one of the top holiday destinations in Britain – here are just a few of the many wonderful attractions that this beautiful coastal county has to offer.
How To Spend Your Holidays In Devon
Oh we do like to be beside the seaside!
There’s no doubt that many people flock to Devon in the spring and summer months for the sun, sea and sand, and with the stunning Atlantic ocean on one side and the calmer and more sheltered waters of the English channel, there’s no doubting Devon has its fair share of all ingredients listed!
The North coast of Devon really does have everything.
Head to any area of the north coast and you will see wetsuit clad surfers heading to the shores – ready to catch the superb waves generated by thousands of miles of swell from across the Atlantic.
The strength of the waves over hundreds of thousands of years means that the sand in this part of the world is fine to the point of being almost perfect.
Thankfully, despite the full force of the Atlantic hitting many beaches, there are plenty of sheltered coves on the north coast if you don’t fancy ‘Hanging ten’!
Hele Bay in particular is a lovely family beach. Located just to the east of Ilfracombe, it has been awarded the blue flag for its outstanding waters. Swimming is considered safe here, and there are plenty of rock pools to get stuck into at low tide.
Devon is known as a coastal county, and most people make the assumption that holidaying here should be all about the sea.
The great thing about Devon is that there is so much more to it than the water that surrounds it.
Head inland and you will come across the mighty Dartmoor National Park. Spanning an incredible 368 square miles, Dartmoor is one of the largest National parks in the country.
For anyone who embraces the great outdoors, it is a place that has to be seen to be believed. The tors – large hills with rocky outcrops – punctuate the horizon in every direction.
It truly is a unique place to be. Whether you love to get your teeth into a proper hike over miles and miles of rugged terrain, or you just want to take in nature at its best, Dartmoor will be right up your street.
Devon is full of wonderful places to visit, and there is some truly stunning architecture within the county.
A trip top Exeter is well worth it from any part of Devon, if only to see the incredibly beautiful Exeter Cathedral – a stunning and now unusual example of decorated Gothic architecture.
It’s well known for its two Norman Towers, and its collection of historical documents, including the Exon Doomsday book.
Devilishly Devonish foods!
Whilst Devon is very well catered for in many culinary ways, we have to talk about the wonderful Devonshire cream teas, which are of course famous all over the world.
The Fingle Bridge Inn in Drewsteignton is reputed to offer the best cream tea in the whole of the county, but we don’t think the venue is that critical.
Find yourself a nice pub in any of the hundreds of rural pubs in Devon, and you are likely to find a great cream tea.
Once you’re looking across the rugged beauty of this magnificent county, it would be hard not to enjoy a simple scone, some tasty Strawberry Jam and some locally churned clotted cream!
Where to stay & how to stay
When it comes to finding accommodation, Devon comes up trumps.
There are hundreds of options available to you – there are some amazing campsites in Woolacombe, and the entire North Devon coast is littered with lovely campsites that will suit everyone, regardless of interests or budgets.
Devon is so hard to beat in so many different ways. With beautiful coastlines, incredible rural sights, great food, warm weather and a welcome as friendly as you’ll encounter anywhere, it’s hard to think of a reason why you wouldn’t visit!
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