A diverse county, with two dramatic coastlines, five Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and two National Parks, there is plenty of natural wonders to discover, as well as attractions and points of interest to explore and see. With towering sea cliffs, thick woodlands and the famed rolling hills of the county, your visit will present some of the most exceptional landscapes in the UK. Laced throughout these stunning scenes, you’ll find some equally as idyllic towns and villages, with historic fishing harbours, quaint cafes, independent shops and craft outlets, exploration of the area guarantees an enjoyable and rememberable time.
Best Time to Visit?
Devon is a delight to discover all 365 days of the year, and when you choose to visit really depends on what you want out of your holiday.
In the cooler months, there’s nothing better than pulling on your welly boots, hats and scarves and heading out onto one of the many stunning hiking trails in the county, to then retreat into a pub for a well-poured pint and maybe a bite to eat by the roaring fire. This is equally as good as feeling the warm sand between your toes after a dip in the ocean and enjoying fish and chips on the beach with your loved ones while the sun sets for another day.
Each season brings something different, the landscape’s pallet of colour is ever changing, the number of visitors rises and falls, and the areas go from being bustling and lively, to sleepy and invitingly quiet.
Depending on where you’re travelling from, depends on how long it will take, and which route is best for you. If you’re coming from London and heading to North Devon, it will take you just over four hours, whereas if you’re travelling to South Devon, it’ll take just under four and a half. The county is renowned for its winding roads and back lanes but there are more direct routes should you choose to make the less scenic journeys.
Epic Sights to See
Renowned for its outstanding coastline and picture-perfect countryside, deciding where in this stunning county to visit can be a difficult decision. Below, we’ve listed some of our firm favourites, so that you can create a shortlist of must-sees before your visit.
Hartland Peninsula & Clovelly
As a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Hartland Peninsula is as diverse as it is beautiful. Take a visit to Hartland Quay, the remoteness of the location and the wild and rugged landscape truly make you feel alive. With dramatic rock formations, towering sea cliffs and an untamed sea, the elements and stunning headland create a picture that is like no other.
Just 20 minutes from Hartland Quay is the postcard-worthy village of Clovelly. Built upon a 400 ft cliff, the steep and cobbled lanes of the settlement ooze charm. The historic fishing village was once owned by the Queen of England and has a rich maritime heritage, one that is still celebrated during the annual festival. Private tours are available, or you can simply spend a day exploring, there’s also silk and pottery workshops should you fancy giving the craft a go!
From the north to the south, travelling from one Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty to another. South Devon is an equally as charming destination, and the coast and country of the area are a pleasure to explore. Some of the highlights of the area include the town of Salcombe, found on the banks of the estuary, its waterside positioning makes it one of the most beautiful destinations, with panoramic you could only dream off. Coastal views are backed by the countryside setting, spend an hour or two at one of the nearby beaches, popping in and out of the shops or watching the many water sports enthusiast in the waters.
Start Point Lighthouse
For a momentary escape from civilisation, follow the windy and on occasion hair-raising lane to Start Point Lighthouse. As one of the most exposed headlands in the UK, the dramatic views surrounding the landscape are breathtaking.
More Areas to Explore
• Exmoor National Park
• Dartmoor National Park
• Tamar Valley AONB
• East Devon AONB
Attractions to Visit
Whether you’re looking to immerse yourself in the captivating history of the county, you prefer to wander amongst stunning natural scenes, you’re an adrenaline junkie or like to hit the shops, Devon has something for everyone!
• Manor houses and estates
• Museums and art galleries
• Theatres and cinemas
• Cities – Exeter and Plymouth
Where to Stay?
As memorable as Devon will be to visit, we want to help make your visit an exceptional experience! Our Devon glamping abodes offer some of the most unique and stunning places to stay in the entirety of the UK, aimed at those looking to make the most of the country and coast. From boats, yurts, cabins and more, your holiday dreams are not as far away as you first thought!