Guide to Devon Holidays, UK
A tale of two moors, Exmoor and Dartmoor, an abundance of glorious sandy beaches and a historic university city, makes Devon a popular place for many families to come on holiday. The county located in the South West of England, is popular for camping and has a wealth of campsites and holiday parks to choose from; possibly rivals the number of hotels.
North Devon counts resorts like Barnstaple, Ilfracombe and Bideford within its ranks and great beaches at Woolacombe Bay, Westward Ho! and Saunton Sands. Surfers know that the semi-circle of sandy beach at Woolacombe Bay is impressive and one of the country’s top places for surfing, rivalling its neighbouring Cornish beach at Watergate Bay.
The bay is also popular with families and our tip is to go towards the southern end of the bay at Putsborough to find more room, especially if you are not going to surf the waves.
We also recommend a visit to the coastal villages of Clovelly and Appledore, which are real hidden gems on the coast.
The Tarka trail, named after the Tarka the Otter, classic fable written by Henry Williamson offers cycling between Braunton and Meeth. The trail is heavily promoted and during the summer months will be busy, however, as long as you are prepared it is well worth a day’s outing.
Try our 19-mile route between Ilfracombe and Barnstaple. Starting at Ilfracombe Pier, head through the town centre and go through the cementary at Osbourne Road to pick up the railway path near Station road. After approx. 5 miles, you can either continue on the path or turn right towards Mortehoe and Woolacombe Bay and on to Georgeham for a coastal excursion, before arriving back on the path. Follow it through Braunton, and onto Barnstaple, over the River Taw and finish at the train station.
Devon stretches from coast to coast and South Devon is home to Dartmoor, the port of Plymouth; the capital of the county, Exeter and the famous seaside resort of Torquay, known as the capital of the English Riviera and made famous by John Cleese in the popular TV series of the 1980s, Fawlty Towers.
It can also boast its own hidden gems, in the shape of A La Ronde, a sixteen-sided house now managed by the National Trust, but belonged to cousins, Jane and Mary Parminter, who filled the house with mementos and souvenirs gained whilst on their European travels in the late 1700s. Also White Lady Falls at Lydford Gorge on the fringes of Dartmoor, whose water cascades some 30 metres. And of course, the market towns of Tavistock and Okehampton, located on the edge of Dartmoor National Park.
Visiting Dartmoor? Don’t miss these 5:
- 1. Okehampton Castle
- 2. Lydford Gorge
- 3. Grimspound
- 4. Merrivale Rows
- 5. Fingle Bridge
If you are out and about and looking for somewhere to eat try the Dartmoor Inn in Lydford, for a gastropub that is sure to have enough range on the menu for everyone or try, our favourite, the Horn of Plenty at Gulworthy. Food here is a little dearer but you pay for quality.
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