Devon Travel - Pictures, Places to see, Itineraries

Devon is England's third largest county, covering an area of 6,711 square kilometres, and forms part of the south-west peninsula of Great Britain. It is bounded to the west by Cornwall, and to the east by Dorset and Somerset. Devon escaped the glaciation of the last Ice Age, but drowned river valleys (rias) and raised beached reflect the consequent fluctuations in sea level.
Devon's main sights:
 
Exeter
Dartmoor
Exmoor
Torbay
Paignton
Torquay
Brixham
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Devon Coast
Photo above: Devon's coast
The national parks of Dartmoor and Exmoor are the main sources of the Devon rivers, which flow in a radial pattern from Dartmoor. The generally mild climate becomes more extreme with altitude and distance from the sea. Bright sunshine interspersed with occasional showers is responsible for the lush green beauty of the landscape. The coastal areas are dominated by tourism with Paignton, Torbay, Brixham and Ilfracombe all being popular resorts. Picturesque small towns include Salcombe, Lynmouth and Clovelly. Plymouth and Exeter serve as the main industrial centres.

A lake in Devon
Photo above: A Lake in Devon

North Devon is an enchanting area of the country with such a variety of beautiful countryside scenes - rolling hills, hidden woodlands, spectacular rivers, rocky coves and long sandy beaches.

It may be that a gentle stroll around the harbour at Lynmouth or along the cobbled streets of Appledore is to your style. Wandering down the narrow streets of Clovelly is also very popular with holiday visitors, although walking back up is not always treated with such enthusiasm. Children always love the beaches, but if the weathers bad you can use Cascades, the indoor adventure pool at Croyde, or go to one of the many tourist attractions such as the Milky Way Adventure Park near Bideford. For "grown-up" visitors to north devon there are also top quality places to visit - Rosemoor Gardens, Arlington Court, Tapeley Park to name but a few.

Exmoor is one of 13 National Parks in the United Kingdom that are specially protected as our finest landscapes and an important part of our national heritage. It is protected for the conservation of its scenery, wildlife and cultural heritage and for the understanding and enjoyment which it can provide. Exmoor National Park covers 267 square miles (692 Sq Kms) of varied countryside and is home to over 10,500 people.
Exeter
Photo above: Exeter
Dartmoor was designated as a National Parks in 1951. It is a beautiful moorland landscape with wooded valleys and wind swept Tors. The land, some 368 square miles in area, is all owned by someone and the public is able to roam freely on unenclosed, open moorland on both foot and horseback. There are also about 600 miles of public rights of way. Dartmoor is a rich habitat for wildlife and has a wealth of archaeological remains.

South Devon encompasses two entirely different regions of Deven known as the The South Hams and the English Riviera.The South Hams lies on Devons south coast, between Torbay and Plymouth, and is mostly within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, encompassing stunning coastline, sweeping rivers and estuaries, golden beaches and rolling countryside.

Many towns and villages can be found within this area, including Salcombe, Kingsbridge, Dartmouth, Totnes, Modbury, Hope Cove, Thurlestone and Torcross. The English Riviera covers the three South Devon towns of Torquay, Paignton and Brixham. This is the ideal place to relax, to soak up the atmosphere, to take in the scenery, the parks and the gardens, and to experience an enjoyable holiday in a classical English seaside resort. In addition to all the wonderful countryside are the cities of Plymouth and Exeter.

Going there

By Car:

If you are travelling from the north, simply pick up the M5 southbound and follow it all the way down to the Westcountry. From the south coast, Southampton or the M3 choose the A30/A303.

By Train:

Direct services to Devon are offered at Paddington and Waterloo (London), Bristol, Cardiff and Birmingham.

By Air:

Exeter Airport has excellent links within the UK, with direct connecting flights via Birmingham International Airport to Belfast, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Newcastle and Dublin.

Regular flights from International destinations throughout Europe and North America.

paignton steamrailway
Paignton steamrailway (link)

Suggested Itenaries (Devon county website has good itineraries. Links below)

Exeter, Beer and Seaton - East Devon:

Enjoy your walk through the centre of Exeter to Exeter Bus Station. If you have time, why not walk up Queen Street and visit the Cathedral Green, an oasis of calm and tranquillity in the centre of the city. Stop and take in the view of Exeter Cathedral (www.exeter-cathedral.org.uk) with its unique Norman twin towers which dominate the skyline. Walk to the bus station (10 minutes). take the CoastLinx 53 bus and enjoy a stress-free way of experiencing the beauty of the East Devon coast and countryside (www.eastdevonaonb.org.uk), without the hassle of driving and finding places to park. The panoramic views from the top of the low floor, double-decker buses are great.
Use the First Day Explorer ticket to hop-on and hop-off the bus, allowing you to break up the journey at the various towns or villages en-route.

Beer:

The beach is a natural suntrap – the great cliffs acting as natural wind shields & the white cliffs reflecting back the warm southern sunshine.

Seaton:

When you arrive in Seaton, take time to enjoy this pretty seaside resort with its mile-long pebble beach and beautiful gardens.

With the evening free to enjoy, you have the option to stay in Exeter and enjoy the city as the sun sets or to return back to your accommodation. If you decide to stay in Exeter, why not end the day with a trip down to the Quayside (01392 271611 / www.exeter.gov.uk).

Ilfracombe and North Devon (Mondays - Fridays only)

This day out with a difference is ideal for those who wish to explore the stunning scenery along the South West Coast Path, using public transport and Ilfracombe as the base. It takes in the breathtaking scenery of the North Devon Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and North Devon Heritage Coast, as well as the opportunity to explore the western edge of Exmoor.

Dartmoor from Plymouth (Sundays Only)

Take the Grand Tour of Dartmoor using the Sunday Rover ticket. Letting public transport take the strain is the perfect way to travel around Dartmoor and the Tamar Valley; enjoy the wide open landscapes and visit pretty moorland villages. This itinerary allows you time to enjoy Devon's two fine cities, Exeter and Plymouth, as well as the opportunity to take a trip on the scenic Tamar Valley Line.

Dartmoor Sunday Rover:

Alternatively, enjoy a day out on Dartmoor with a Sunday Rover ticket and try one of our easy to follow itineraries as featured in the "Days out to Dartmoor by bus and train" leaflets. The times of the buses featured give you the opportunity to break your journey and enjoy a local attraction, pub lunch or cream tea.

There is the opportunity to start your journey from Torquay and Paignton, Plymouth, Newton Abbot or Exeter, with options for The Grand Tour, the Classic Circular or the Moorland Explorer.

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