A Summer Holiday In Devon

Devon Travel Guide
Devon Travel Guide

Located in South West England between the counties of Cornwall and Somerset, Devon is a picturesque jewel just waiting to be discovered. Perfect for romantic breaks, family holidays or energetic & active adventures, there is really something for everyone in this county.

It is super easy to get there too, by road, rail and air. Exeter Airport is located in the county’s capital, and serves numerous internal and international destinations year-round.

Likewise there are direct trains from London serving both Plymouth and Exeter, in under 2 and a half hours. If traveling by road, then simply hop onto the M5 southbound and you’ll be there before you know it.

Take a look at some of our top tips on things to do and places to visit when in Devon.

1. Brixham

Brixham is a pretty seaside fishing village in the south of the county. Think cute colourful buildings, lots of little boats, ice cream and interesting shops.

Many eateries serve delicious fish and chips. Plenty of events are held throughout the year, including BrixFest which is a big family friendly festival during the May Half-Term.

2. Dartmoor

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Covering an impressive 954 square kilometers, Dartmoor is a large moorland in the south of the county.

It is largely uninhabited, with many miles of beautiful, craggy, undulating landscape dominating the expanse of land. It really is a stunning location, with many fantastic walks and cycle trails winding through the moor.

Many centres run activities on the moor, including horse riding, rock climbing, photography tours and even survival weekends.

Don’t miss the Dartmoor ponies, who have been living in this landscape since 3500BC.

There are also several pretty little villages dotted within the moor, many of them very remote. Take a look at beautiful Widecombe-in-the-Moor, with its beautiful buildings, church and shop.

3. Exeter

Exeter is the bustling retail and commercial hub of the county, ideal for those of you who love to shop and visit amazing restaurants.

There is something for everyone, from high-street shops to designer boutiques. Take a stroll around the Princesshay Shopping Centre before stopping for a bite to eat at one of the many fantastic eateries.

Exeter also has a very long and interesting history. Be sure to visit Exeter Cathedral, which was built between the years of 1112AD and 1400AD.

The exterior and interior really are stunning. Also, if you’re feeling brave, take a look around Exeter’s Medieval Underground Passages!

4. Salcombe

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Salcombe is just simply gorgeous. On the South Coast of Devon, Salcombe is home to many independent boutiques and some larger shops, interspersed with some amazing cafes and ice cream parlours.

Once you’ve finished wandering around the pretty winding streets, why not visit one of the beaches? There are many beaches within close proximity to the town – take a look here for a useful guide.

If you’re visiting the beach you’re going to need to take a beautiful pair of sunglasses with you.

Why not try the gorgeous Savannah 8121 – Tortoise (Sunglasses). The tortoiseshell design and wayfarer style are bang on trend, and would look fantastic worn with your summer outfit or swimsuit.

Savannah 8121 - Tortoise (Sunglasses)

5. Clovelly

Clovelly is located on the North Devon Coast, and is famous for its pretty historic buildings and steep cobbled pathway (above).

The town features gorgeous views over the Bristol Channel, and is the perfect spot for a photo or two.

There are no roads leading to the village, so it is actually completely car and traffic free! As such, deliveries to the town are actually made by a sledge, pulled by donkeys.

Why not make a trip to neighboring Cornwall too?

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