Are you heading off on holiday to Devon this year? Well, we’ve got some fantastic ideas on what you could get up to whilst visiting this beautiful area of the South West, 7 days worth to be exact.
A week in Devon offers a range of experiences from laid-back wanders through the mighty scenery to adrenaline-fuelled adventures; there really is something to suit every taste! Explore hidden gems and local attractions from an insider and make the most of your trip glamping in Devon!
Day 1: Geocaching trails
What better way to get to know the area in which your glamping abode is located than Geocaching? For those of you who don’t know, Geocaching is a GPS tracked treasure hunt that takes you all over the world! The caches can be found individually, or part of their own unique trails and will usually have a log-book for you to sign, and if you’re lucky, a special treat too! Devon is one of the best places in the UK to try out Geocaching as the paths are simply beautiful, and help you to find the real hidden gems in the local area. Simply download the app and search out the closest trail to you and you can spend an entire day hunting for treasure! This activity is popular with people of all ages and gets you out and about exploring in the summer weather! Ensure that you take along a backpack filled with snacks and drinks to keep you fuelled, or even bring a picnic so that you can take a break half way! Once you start, you won’t want to stop, so this is the perfect day trip, and who knows, maybe there are some caches hiding near your own home!
Day 2: Bicton Park
Bitcon Park is a family friendly attraction located in Budleigh Salterton. From the blooming botanical gardens to the kid’s activity playground, there is something to give everyone a thrill! The gardens are set in the picturesque location of Otter Valley, just between the city of Exeter and the Jurassic Coast, which means that you can be assured that beauty is guaranteed. Visit this attraction come rain or shine, as there are activities both inside and out, including a soft play area, nature trail, a maze, mini golf and a steam train ride! Sit down for a spot of quintessentially Devonshire cream tea in the café and enjoy views over the gardens and relax into the true holiday spirit in this serene environment. Once you are finished browsing the delights of Bicton Park, head over to Budleigh Beach, a hidden pebbly gem, which is simply perfect for watching a calming sunset as the day draws to a close.
Day 3: Devon beach day
Weather permitting of course, but why not pack up for a classic day at the seaside? Ensure that you bring along a bucket and spade, your swimming trunks/costumes and a towel for a day of bliss! Exmouth Beach is a wonderful, family-friendly option, although North Devon is famed for having some of the best beaches in the south! Take your pick from Croyde, Woolacombe, Saunton for surf destinations and watersports, or Instow for a quieter option where you can taste the finest ice-cream that the UK has on offer which is exclusively found in Devon, a Hockings! All of the beaches mentioned have quaint coastal walking paths nearby if you fancy a wander, or spend the day lounging on the beach, taking a dip in the sea and playing a spot of beach volleyball! If you do pick Woolacombe as your beach of choice, head over to the hidden gem of Barricane Beach just a few minutes away, where in the summer months, you can enjoy a Sri Lankan curry as the sunsets!
Day 4: Dartmoor National Park
Dartmoor National Park is a place of sheer beauty and magic, which is inhabited by a plethora of local wildlife, plants and flowers. Try to spot one of the infamous Dartmoor ponies that roam the land, they are simply beautiful, and very friendly too. Head over to the highest point, High Willhays for mesmerising views over the moorland, or venture into the trees to find a gentle lake where you can set up a picnic! It is also said to be inhabited by pixies, which legend has it, like to set up camp by the rivers and lakes, so you might be lucky enough to spot one! Dartmoor has been the inspiration for many novels and stories over the years including those by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Eden Philpotts and Agatha Christie. Any Harry Potter fans out there? The 1994 Quidditch World Cup Final between Ireland and Bulgaria in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire was hosted on these very moors! The photography opportunities here are endless, and you will be left in awe at the astounding sights that can be seen here. Stop off at a local café for some lunch to refuel from your Dartmoor treks!
Day 5: Exeter
Exeter city centre is a vibrant area to visit for those seeking a spot of shopping, history or fine restaurants! The magnificent cathedral dates as far back as 1400 and is of massive historical significance to the area. History buffs will love the stories that accompany this small city, you can explore the history in underground passages that were once waterways, take a trip to the newly updated RAMM museum and explore the multi-arts venue of the Exeter Phoenix. There is so much to see and do in the city centre, as well as the surrounding areas, so it is certainly worth a day-trip. Wind down your evening or afternoon in one of the local restaurants or cafes serving up local produce or opt for a more exotic alternative if you’re feeling adventurous. There are always events going on in and around the city, to be sure to check out what’s on during your holiday to see if there are any live bands, creative workshops or performances available that take your fancy!
Day 6: South West Coast Path
Walking the South West Coast Path is something that is on the bucket list of many, and as much as we are not suggesting you walk the entire thing whilst on a holiday to Devon, walking a section will prove to be a very rewarding and enjoyable experience! The full stretch takes you from Minehead in Somerset to Poole Harbour in Dorset on a 630 mile stretch of National Trail, however, pick a section close to where you are staying and head off on an adventure of your own! Along the way you will come into contact with a wide array of wildlife, heritage and geology that makes for a memorable trip. Once you are finished, head back to your humble abode and relax as this is your last full day! Why not enjoy a barbeque with your loved one or family as a happy ending to your trip? Pick out some local produce paired with a bottle of bubbles, cider or wine, kick back and enjoy!
Day 7: Departure day
The final day has sadly arrived, and you’ll soon be packing up to go home. Make the most of your last few hours in the Devonshire countryside by lounging around in the sunshine near your holiday home, read a book and take in the sheer bliss of the wonderful world that surrounds you. There’s still time to take those last few photographs and enjoy the serenity of your surroundings. We’re sure that once you have travelled to Devon once, you will keep on returning to make more happy memories, so don’t worry if you didn’t manage to do everything you wish, it will all still be there waiting for your return!