Devon, in South-West England, is one of the UK’s most popular holiday destinations. Surrounded by stunning natural parks and medieval towns, it is the perfect place for a quiet getaway, a chance to get closer to nature with the people you love. While its natural lands are not to be missed, Devon’s most famous feature is the county’s stunning coast.
With the sea on the north and south of Devon, this region of the UK is blessed with incredible blue waters and beautiful golden sands that attract people from across the world. If you’re yet to decide what location in Devon to choose for your glamping escape, why not consider some of these stunning locations?
Located slightly more inland than most of the towns on this list, Salcombe is a resort town built on near the mouth of Kingsbridge Estuary, located in the south of the county. An example of rising sea levels over time, the estuary is now a giant mass of crystal blue water, a paradise for locals and visitors alike.
The town’s naturally-sheltered harbour has led to its fame as a place for boats – formerly the area was known for its shipbuilding, but in the modern age of tourism, it has become known as a prime spot for sailing and yachting, making for some beautiful views over the water as you walk through this charming town.
On the north-west point of the Devonshire coastline, Hartland is a village-turned-parish that encapsulates a selection of towns in this beautiful, rural part of the county. In Tudor times the village was an important port, connecting to the Bristol Channel and the Atlantic Ocean. Nowadays it has a steady stream of tourist interest. However, it still retains its rural character.
Hartland Point is a rocky outcrop just three miles outside of the village. A wonderful excuse for a walk through the local countryside, the area includes a Grade-II listed lighthouse – Trinity House, built in 1874 – and the remains of a cargo ship that was driven onto the rocky beach in the 1980s.
Sidmouth lies in the south-east of the region on the English Channel and has for a long time been one of Devon’s most popular tourist resorts. Parts of the town have been deemed conservation areas due to the town’s established history and precious natural resources, such as the nearby rock formations.
The town is seen as a gateway to the nearby Jurassic Coast, a World Heritage Site that, thanks to sea erosion, exposes rock that dates back millions of years. A haven for geologists thanks to the many fossilised remains found in the area, you can walk the magnificently preserved coast by following the South West Coast Path. Inside the town itself, you will find plenty of attractions and independent shops, while the magnificent Sidmouth Beach is perfect for a day in the sun.
One of Devon’s most famous destinations, Croyde is a coastal village in North Devon that is world-renowned for its beaches. Facing out into the Atlantic Ocean, Croyde Bay is a haven for surfers thanks to its sometimes high waves, while visitors and locals alike flock there on sunny days thanks to its seemingly endless length and beautifully fine sand.
The town itself is very welcoming to tourists and has plenty of small, independent shops to fill every holiday need. The area is also in the centre of the North Devon Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, meaning that there is plenty of quiet countryside for you to explore and unwind in, away from the bustling tourist centres.
Hopefully, this list has motivated you to begin planning your glamping in Devon trip! With incredible beaches surrounded by swathes of untouched countryside, a trip to this beautiful location is sure to help you get closer to nature. If you are interested in learning more about the region, why not check out our Devon travel guide?