Devon is one area of the UK that has something for everyone. For foodies it has some top-notch restaurants, for families, it has great beaches and family-friendly attractions, for walkers it has some beautiful scenery and for those into nature, it has wildlife galore. Let me take you on a journey through 5 fantastic days out in Devon for everyone by holiday specialist Blue Chip Holidays.
Strolling The English Riveria
The area called the English Riveria contains the towns of Torquay, Paignton and Brixham and is a firm favourite with tourists. It is an area with an abundance of indoor and outdoor attractions and is also a UNESCO Global Geopark due to the incredible geology, landscape and heritage.
Torquay has plenty of shops, cafes and a marina. Enjoy a delicious Devonshire cream tea, with scones, clotted cream and jam, or get a takeaway fish and chips and sit on a bench by the sea, admiring the view Be wary of the seagulls though as they can swoop and pinch your chips! Paignton has a famous zoo and Brixham has the Golden Hind museum ship which is a must do if you have kids.
Hiking The Dartmoor National Park
Dartmoor National Park is an area 358 square miles large, where you can get immersed in nature. Rugged open spaces, mossy landscapes, and wooded valleys are the perfect areas to explore for hikers, walkers and cyclists. The moorland is capped with many exposed granite hilltops known as tors, providing habitats for Dartmoor wildlife.
For something different, Buckfast Abbey is a medieval monastery steeped in history and home of the famous tonic wine. It also has beautiful gardens where you can enjoy the tranquillity, and of course a restaurant and shop. Dingles fairground heritage centre is also worth visiting, unique in the UK it is designed to capture the magic of funfairs of days gone by.
Observing The Wildlife On Lundy Island
Lundy Island is situated only 12 miles off the coast of Devon but it couldn’t be further away from the bustle of the mainland. The island provides shelter to migrating birds such as Puffins, Skylarks and Pied wagtails and over 140 different bird species are recorded every year. The sea around the island is teeming with marine life such as grey seals, dolphins, whales and jellyfish too.
To access the island catch a ferry that runs three times a week from March to October, and don’t forget you may even spot a dolphin or seal!
Exploring The Heritage Of Plymouth
Plymouth is a port city known for its maritime heritage. Take a visit to the historic Barbican district with its cobbled streets, visit the Plymouth gin distillery and take a tour, finding out about the nations favourite spirit. For those of you that are brave, go on a ghost walk of the area, and you never know you may see an apparition!
Plymouth is also home to the outstanding National Marine Aquarium, a conservation charity with a mission of ‘connecting us with our Oceans’. Here you can see rays, sharks and other marine life and it is a great place to spend an afternoon. Whilst the Mayflower Museum explores the story of the Pilgrim Fathers and their journey aboard the ship the Mayflower from Plymouth to the New World.
Participating In Watersports Along The Coastline
A holiday in Devon is not complete without experiencing some of the great watersports for which this coastline is known. Sailing, surfing, windsurfing, kite surfing, kayaking and canoeing are watersports available across the wole of the Devonshire coast.
Awarded a Centre of Excellence by Surfing England, the North Devon Surf School has a purpose-built facility located on Westward Ho! Beach on the west coast of Devon and specialises in surfing and paddleboard lessons. Whatever your skill level, the dedicated staff provide training for those who are looking to learn to surfers who want to improve their technique. In South Devon, the town of Exmouth in South Devon is another hub for all things watersports.
So these are 5 fantastic days out in Devon, UK. Have you been to Devon? Would any of these days out appeal?