Devon has always been one of the UK’s favourite tourist hotspots. Ever since the days of Queen Victoria, people have visited this stunning corner of the British Isles thanks its sandy beaches, soaring cliffs and quaint fishing villages. But 2016 could be an extra special year for the popular county with interest in ten delightful Devon going through the roof!
So make yourself a Cream Tea (using clotted cream, obviously) and get comfortable because we’re going to reveal the ten places travellers are all over this year.
If you’re thinking about a trip to Totnes, you’re definitely not alone! The market town on Devon’s south coast may only be small, but there’s lots about it to love. From the pretty waterways to the medieval castle, Totnes is undoubtedly one of the English Riviera’s hidden gems. Its location is something pretty special too, with miles of rolling hills (which make up part of the gorgeous South Devon Area of Natural Beauty) surrounding the picturesque town.
The quaint seaside village of Bigbury-on-Sea is blessed with one of the UK’s most beautiful beaches. It’s the ideal place to park the deck chair for an afternoon snooze or, if you have the little ones in tow, there’s plenty of space for a spot of sandcastle building as well. At low tide, you should walk across to Burgh Island. From there, you really can appreciate the views of this special coastline. It’s so pleasing on the eye!
If you love the idea of a traditional break by the seaside, then you needn’t look any further than Dawlish. The long sandy beach here is a real beauty. On sunny days, it’ll be packed full of sun-seekers, but when the sun goes down it’ll feel like you have the whole bay to yourself. Enjoy strolling along the resort’s impressive promenade (just like the Victorians used to) while taking in some of the best coastline that Britain has to offer.
The quaint seaside town of Seaton is located on a beautiful stretch of Devon’s Jurassic Coast. Just west of where the River Axe meets the sea, Seaton’s pretty pebble beach looks a haven of calm compared to the imperious cliffs which dominate the dramatic coastline. It’s a popular place for families who like a bit of an adventure. Keen ramblers should visit the nearby South West Coast Path, which is widely regarded as one of the best coastal walks in the world.
Located just inside the Devon border, Axminster is an unspoilt market town in the beautiful Axe valley. The town may be synonymous with carpet making (with their factory known as the place where authentic British ‘Axminsters’ are made), but it’s also bit of a foodie’s paradise, too. Along with the fine eateries and independent bistros, there’s the River Cottage Canteen & Deli. If you’re a fan of locally sourced produce or celebrity chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, you’ll want to dine here for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
The wonderful waterside town of Salcombe is a favourite haunt for amphibious adventurers. It’s popular all year-round because of its great location (at the mouth of the Kingsbridge Estuary) and mild temperatures. If you’re a novice on the water, don’t worry. Salcombe has some of the best sailing schools in the country. But if you’d prefer to leave the sailing to the pros, you can catch one of the ferries that go in search of nearby secluded beaches. What better way to spend a day out?
With its unmistakeable, crescent-shaped promenade, packed full with Georgian buildings and a gorgeous sandy beach, you can see why Teignmouth has always been popular with tourists. This pretty seaside town has everything you’d want in a traditional resort: a superb pier, amusements, fish and chip shops and crazy golf! It even has two beaches (either side of the crescent peninsula), so whatever the weather, there’s a place for the whole family to relax at Teignmouth.
Blessed with rows of pastel coloured houses and narrow streets, Bideford is full of character and charm. Once one of the country’s largest ports, now the pace of life in the waterside town is much more relaxed. Enjoy strolling through the historic streets and visiting the quirky shops strewn across the town. But don’t pass up on the opportunity to take a closer look at the town’s glorious stone bridge which stretches across the River Torridge. Built in the sixteenth century, it’s been wowing tourists for the best part of 400 years.
The ancient town of Holsworthy, in the heart of North Devon, is surrounded by miles of rolling hills and soothing greenery. The town has always been popular for people looking for a central base to visit the nearby beauty spots of Dartmoor National Park, Exmoor and Bodmin Moor. But Holsworthy has lots of great artisan shops, delicious eateries and quaint pubs to keep any traveller happy. For a real treat, we suggest a visit on Wednesday when you can experience the famous Pannier Market first hand.
Exmouth has been welcoming tourists to its shores for the best part of 300 years. The resort, known as ‘the gateway to Jurassic Coast’, has a beautiful beach, perfect for paddling, windsurfing and sandcastle building. There’s even a plethora of rock pools for little ones to explore at low tide. Away from the beach, Exmouth has one of Devon’s biggest nature reserves, so if you like to spot seldom seen birds, you’d be picking the right place.