Although Devon’s towns don’t tend to make it into people’s top ten lists when talking about UK destinations, it is often regarded as one of the best holiday spots in the country.
Positioned on the South West coast of England, the County offers up vast areas of greenery, some of the best beaches the country has to offer and a number of quaint seaside towns all within a short drive from each other. With two coastlines, some of the country’s finest resort towns, and open moorland for exploring, Devon is one of England’s most rewarding destinations for vacationers. Easily accessible from anywhere in England via rail, road, or air, Devon is one of the best places in England to enjoy a short four-day break.
From the moorland of Dartmoor National Park to the wonderful seafood of Devon’s resort towns, this charming county is full of fun activities. Read on to discover seven of Devon’s best attractions, activities, and experiences to fill your four-day itinerary.
1. Explore Dartmoor National Park
Known for its Bronze Age remains and open moorland, Dartmoor National Park is a wonderful place to explore the English countryside. The park is home to some of the country’s most amazing weather, where bright sunshine is often followed by mist.
Easily accessible by road, Dartmoor has several parking locations where visitors can leave their vehicles. The park is best explored on foot, making it vital that you bring a comfortable pair of shoes, some sun protection, and a great camera.
2. Visit Ilfracombe’s Beautiful Harbour
Known for its fantastic seafood and beautiful harbour, Ilfracombe is one of Devon’s most popular culinary hotspots. The small port town is also the gateway to Lundy Island – a scenic island in the Bristol Channel known for its incredible granite cliffs.
From paddle steamer trips to Swansea and other nearby settlements to excellent seafood restaurants and cafés, Ilfracombe’s beautiful natural environments, great food, and charming culture make it a great day trip destination.
3. Relax at Woolacombe Beach
Classed as Britain’s Best Beach by the Mail on Sunday, Woolacombe Beach is one of Devon’s most popular seaside attractions. A small settlement of just 1,000 people in winter, the beach community grows at a rapid pace during the summer months.
Popular amongst families, couples, and solo travellers alike, Woolacombe’s location within the North Devon Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty makes it a star in England’s coastline.
4. Sample Devon’s Delicious Seafood
Devon is known for its excellent seafood, which attracts visitors from within Britain and around the world. Of particular appeal is the famous South Devon Crab, which is available in most of Devon’s beach resorts and coastal towns.
If high dining isn’t your preferred choice, make sure to drop by one of Devon’s well-known fish and chip shops. Cider, the region’s traditional drink, is an important part of the Devon experience.
5. Pack Your Surfboard and Hit the Waves
Devon may not be as famous for its waves as nearby Cornwall, but its great breaks and wonderful long beaches are quickly making it a popular surf spot. Most of the county’s surf beaches are found along its Atlantic-Bristol coastline.
Popular surf beaches include Woolacombe, which is also popular for swimming in the summer months, and nearby Croyde. Other great local surfing beaches include Woody Bay, which is a short drive north of popular Woolacombe.
6. Tour Stunning Local Cathedrals
Exeter is one of Devon’s two cities – a mid-sized centre of arts, history, and great local shopping opportunities. It’s also home to one of Devon’s best cathedrals – a wonderful gothic landmark known as Exeter Cathedral.
If you’ve already indulged on Devon’s excellent seafood and enjoyed the waves at the county’s great surf beaches, spend a day or two exploring Exeter to enjoy some of England’s best cathedrals and historical buildings, including Roman ruins.
7. Treat Yourself to a Famous Devon Dessert
Devon is famous for its cream tea – a well-known local meal that’s reportedly over one thousand years old. Scones, cream, and tasty local jam are the building block of this local treat, as well as the optional addition of black treacle.
Other famous Devon treats include local pastries, which are filled with minced beef and onion, as well as various local vegetables. This famous West Country meal is an excellent midday treat, followed by fresh Devon seafood in the evening.
About The Author: This travel guide was written by CoastandCountryHotels.com. Visit their website to learn about the top attractions, destinations, and adventures in Devon.
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