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A Guide To Devon

The rolling hills of Devon are picturesque and peaceful. The county is known for its verdant meadows, winding country lanes, and cosy thatched cottages; the perfect environment to find tranquillity from all your worries in life! From moorland villages to quiet coves on the cliff-hung coastline you’ll never be too far away from serene views or sugar-free charm.

Beer in Devon – Image by Red Zeppelin via Unsplash

Where is Devon?

Devon is a county in the heart of South West England bordered by Dorset, Somerset and Cornwall.

What is the Weather Like in Devon?

Devon, with its mild climate and warm summers is a great place to go for a summer escape. With some of the highest temperatures in Britain due mostly to easterly or southeasterly winds coming through, it’s no wonder Devon has been ranked as one of the most desirable holiday destinations by many travellers over recent years.

What are the major cities, towns and villages in Devon?

Devon is home to two cities, Exeter and Plymouth. Both have a rich heritage as well as an abundance of things to do for all ages including places of interest such as the historic cathedral in Exeter or city monuments like the Barbican building in Plymouth that date back over 1000 years old with many more activities nearby.

The south of Devon is the perfect place for beach goers to visit. With towns such as Paignton, Brixham and Torquay there are a wide variety of attractions that will keep you entertained while visiting these coastal resorts! In addition to Golden beaches and mild climate comes iconic seaside destinations like Westward Ho!, Croyde, Woolacombe in North Devon.

Beautiful Stree in Exeter, Devon – Image by @exeter-jon via Twenty20

Which is the prettiest village in Devon?

Devon is home to some of the most beautiful villages in England. You’ll find lovely hamlets on the outskirts of rolling moors, and seaside communities that will delight you from every angle.

Here’s just a few of our favourites:

  • Appledore – A leisurely walk through the village of Appledore will reveal rows of brightly painted fisherman’s cottages stacked together along narrow streets and courtyards. In this tight-knit community, neighbors are quick to stop for a chat or offer assistance as you wander down its cobblestone paths. It boasts an excellent range of small shops, art galleries and restaurants – many which welcome your canine companions.
  • Clovelly – Carved perfectly into the hillsides of North Devon is a timeless village with breath-taking views overlooking its small harbor. Clovelly’s cobbled streets are filled with 16th century cottages and it has no vehicles permitted within, giving visitors an opportunity to step back in time and find themselves lost amid centuries old buildings that have served as homes for generations.
  • Croyde – Situated between Woolacombe and Saunton its no surprise that Croyde is called a surfers paradise, with its scenic and sandy beach fronts.
  • Combe Martin is a jewel of the North Devon coastline, situated with Exmoor National Park on one side and the North Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on the other. Visitors have easy access to beautiful country side rambles as well as the the safe and beautiful beach with plenty of rock pools for wading in.
Irsha Street in North Devon – Image by @gregbartis via twenty20

What is Devon Known For?

  • The Devonshire cream tea is a popular item for tourists and locals alike in Devon.
  • A little mystery of Devon is in the River Otter which saw beavers mysteriously arrive there in 2008. To this day no one knows where they came from but you can see up to 8 beaver families near the mouth of the river in the early morning or evening.
  • Built in a Dominican Order Monastery from 1431, Plymouth Gin is the oldest gin distillery in the world!
  • Believed to date back to the early 17th century, Jacka’s bakery found in Plymouth is believed to be the longest standing commercial bakery in the world.

Where’s the Best Surf Spots in Devon?

  • Bantham – Top choice for surfers hunting the gnarliest waves with swell ranging from 2 to 12 feet and caters to a wide range of abilities.
  • Putsborough can have a strong rip current near the south end and some pretty big waves so check the conditions before heading in.
  • Croyde Bay is possibly one of the most popular surfing spots in the southwest outside of Newquay with perfect barrels at low tide.
  • Woolacombe is a popular beach for beginners with a regular, perfect set and one of North Devon’s most famous surf spots.

Best beaches in Devon

Devon has some of the most scenic beaches in England. Not your typical, crowded British seaside resorts but rather unspoiled stretches of sand that offer plenty to see and do from fishing trips on the southwest coast all along Devon’s coastline up through its famed biosphere reserve at Saunton Sands near Torquay or as far northward as Exmoor National Park.

Some of our favourites are:

  • The lovely Blue Flag beach of Bantham, also a favourite with surfers.
  • Blackpool Sands, named one of the UK’s best beaches.
  • The secluded beach of Soar Mill Cove, which can only be reached on foot which means a more peaceful day out.
  • Another unspoilt spot is Mattiscombe beach, a 10 minute walk from the car park and stunning turquoise waters.
  • South Milton Sands is overseen by the National Trust and a sheltered bay perfect for a family day out as well as amazing sunsets.
Hope Cove in South Devon – Image by @73funkyrobots via Twenty20

What are the Best Attractions in Devon?

  • Becky Falls in the heart of Dartmoor is a spectacular ancient valley which has been attracting visitors since 1903 and no trip to Devon would be complete without a visit.
  • Exeter Cathedral – One of Europes most significant cathedrals and the world’s longest uninterrupted Gothic stone vaulted ceiling.
  • Explore the network of woodland trails and enjoy a day in the outdoors with fun for all the family at Tamar Trails.
  • You can’t visit Devon without heading to the Jurassic Coast where there are hundreds of rescue donkeys at The Donkey Sanctuary.
Plymouth Gin Distillery – Image by @MartinDilger via Twenty20

What movies are filmed in Devon?

The beauty of Devon, its rural moorland, rugged coastlines and enchanting coastal towns lends itself perfectly to the silver screen. Here are just a few movies filmed on location here:

  • Edge of Tomorrow (Tom Cruise & Emily Blunt)
  • Sense and Sensibility
  • Dark Shadows (Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer & Helena Bonham Carter)
  • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (Lily James & Matthew Goode)
  • War Horse (Emily Watson & Jeremy Irvine)
  • Churchill: The Hollywood Years (Christian Slater & Neve Campbell)

If you have any tips, tricks and hidden gems to visiting Devon we would love to hear them! Get in touch at [email protected]