Thinking about taking a holiday but not sure where to go? Why not come to Devon? It’s not just fields and farmers (although we have plenty of those), we’ve got all sorts of beautiful places packed in between our two coastlines. Not convinced? Here are six places you must visit in Devon.
If you’re looking for a beach perfect for families then look no further. Saunton Sands is a humongous sandy beach situated in North Devon. With plenty of space for setting up camp for the day, there’s the option to practice your surfing or challenge your loved ones to a sandcastle competition. The huge sand dunes at the rear of the beach are great for wearing out your dog as well (trust me!). We loved our stay in the beach villas, just moments from the beach. There’s nothing better than waking up and going straight to the sea!
For families who like activity, the Tarka Trail should make your list of things to do. A 30 mile former railway line, it stretches from Barnstaple to Braunton and provides a relatively flat cycle and walking route which is very family friendly. There are plenty of places to hire bikes along the route for those who fancy a cycle without the fuss of bringing your own bike. Even more appealing, there’s some fabulous cafes too – my favourite is Fremington Quay, the creators of cake magic!
Beer / Branscombe
If quintessentially English places are your jam then you should visit Beer. This small fishing village can be found in the heart of East Devon and offers a small selection of stores before leading you down to the highlight; the pebble beach sheltered by cliffs and dotted with fishing boats and beach huts. If you’re feeling active you can walk over to Branscombe (why not follow our example and have a bbq on the beach there?) or take the children up to Pecorama, a train based theme park which offers something for all ages.
Picking just one part of Dartmoor to visit would be a travesty so put it all on your list and go for a drive. There are plenty of pubs and cafes nestled on the moor which means you can treat yourself to a well earned refreshment after you’ve completed one of the hundreds of walks available. With plenty of set routes to be found online, you’re bound to find a walk that fits both your time scale and your abilities. Prepare yourself for some stunning views though!
A farm shop with a difference, Darts Farm is a real destination if you’re passing through the Exeter region. On the edge of a cycle path as well, this farm shop features a huge selection of carefully selected foods from meats through to chocolate, plenty of unique gifts and more that a couple different eating areas. The restaurant is very child friendly and serves delicious foods – the breakfast is worth a trip alone. If you fancy making a day out of it, why not hire a bike, cycle past the animals outside and join the cycle path down towards Exmouth or in to Exeter city itself?
This countryside county is jam packed full of beautiful spots at every turn. There are food fairs, farm shops, river walks, beaches, cities, villages… the list is endless. My advice? Take a look at some luxury cottages in Devon, take the plunge and come and find out for yourself. We’ll see you soon…