travel guide: south devon


Renowned for its exquisite countryside and picturesque coastline, South Devon is a truly postcard-perfect destination. Whether you spend a short weekend or a lengthier week away here, a holiday to this scenic location is one you won’t forget in a hurry and with so much to see and do, you’ll be wishing you stayed longer! To help you make the most of your trip to this choice destination, we have put together a brief travel guide below to make your holiday here as exciting and memorable as possible.

Best Time to Visit?

No matter when you visit, whether it’s spring, summer, autumn or winter, South Devon is an idyllic destination that’s perfect to explore all year round. Consequently, when you choose to frequent this superb location depends entirely on what type of holiday you would like to experience.

In the spring and summer, the Devon coast and countryside begin to thrive, blossoming with stunning flora and fauna, and attracting an abundance of wildlife, making it the perfect place for those seeking a back-to-nature holiday. Similarly, the opportunity to enjoy a relaxing retreat, where days at the beach building sand castles and frolicking in the waves are plenty, is also on offer during the warmer months. However, while the sunshine is certainly a pull for many, the winter months here can be equally as alluring, when crisp frosty mornings and light snow showers transform the Devonian landscape into a picturesque winter wonderland just waiting to be explored!

Getting There

A person turning the steering wheel as they drive down to South Devon.

South Devon is easily accessible by several modes of transport from various locations, making it a choice holiday destination for many across the UK. Those travelling from London by car can reach this popular region in around four and a half hours, whereas those driving from Bristol can make the trip in just under two. Alternatively, those who would rather travel by train can catch one of the many regular trains to South Devon or hop on a coach and watch the world go by on the scenic drive down.

Epic Sights to See

Known for its beautiful coast and countryside as well as its many coastal towns and villages, there is so much to do and see during your glamping Devon holiday in the south of the region. To ensure you enjoy your visit as much as possible, we’ve listed just a few of our favourite sites to see and places to visit that are sure to make this a trip you’ll remember for many years to come.

Dartmoor National Park

A man standing with his camera on the edge of Dartmoor National Park.

Home to miles of stunning moorland as well as many rare wildlife species, Dartmoor National Park is a must for visitors, no matter what time of year you’re visiting. Here in the heart of the Devon countryside, not only can you enjoy an abundance of fantastic walks, but the opportunity to pursue several other outdoor pursuits such as cycling, foraging, photography and wildlife watching is also on offer in this exquisite national park.

Salcombe

A coastal path that leads round to the town of Salcombe in South Devon.

One of the region’s most popular seaside towns, Salcombe can be found within South Devon’s Area of Natural Beauty and is a must-visit for those holidaying in the area. Explore the many boutiques, shops and attractions on offer in the town while admiring the beautiful surrounding countryside, stopping at one of the inviting cafés or eateries for a hearty meal and something to drink. For those who enjoy aquatic pursuits, the town is also known as one of the most bustling sailing centres in the whole of Devon; why not explore the stunning Salcombe coast with a boat ride too?

Blackpool Sands

Looking out to sea at sunset at Blackpool Sands beach in South Devon.

Whether you’re heading down for a day of sunbathing and sandcastle building or a brisk winter walk, Blackpool Sands is a superb beach location to visit while glamping in South Devon. Being a Blue Flag Award-winning beach, this stunning shoreline is one of the best maintained in the area and is home to an inviting stretch of shimmering golden sands as well as crystal-clear waters, making it a prime location for couples, families and groups to enjoy a day out by the sea.

More Sights to See

  • Blackdown Hills AONB
  • Dartmouth
  • Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site
  • South Devon AONB

Attractions to Visit

A man travelling through the air on a zip wire at Go Ape!

Along with several natural sights to see, South Devon also boasts some great attractions that are certainly worth a visit during your stay. Whether you’re a family looking for a fun day out that the children will never forget or a history lover in search of some historical sites to explore, South Devon offers something for everyone!

  • Becky Falls Woodland Park
  • Go Ape! Outdoor Activities Haldon Forest
  • Pennywell Farm
  • Powderham Castle
  • South Devon Railway
  • Woodland Family Theme Park

Where to Stay?

As enjoyable as your visit to South Devon will be, why not make it even more magical by staying in one of our gorgeous glamping abodes? From beautiful boats, cosy cabins, quirky yurts and so much more, your glamping dreams could soon become a reality! Get in touch with our helpful team today to find out more and start planning your South Devon escape.

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