That’s because of all the rain – just joking! What is not to like? Its cream teas are scrumptious. The river Exe used to flow through this valley during the last ice age, however, once a giant glacier melted, the river’s path diverted, leaving this scenic ‘U’ shaped valley, we aren’t too sure where the goats came from, but they are fun to watch too. The village sits at the confluence of the East and West Lyn rivers and is backed by huge wooded cliffs that tower over the harbour. It’s on your way to Cornwall so you definitely should! Nice to have these recommendations to add for a future visit. If you really want to get out of town there are coastal walks which will take you above the town where you’ll be afforded magnificent views or the red sandstone cliffs and sparkly blue water. 1 – Ansteys Cove. From hidden gems to unique experiences, we’ve got you covered.Join us on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter. South Devon has many hidden coves and beaches. My first true adventure began as a six month voyage around South East Asia as a fresh faced backpacker and ever since I've lived a semi nomadic existence, clocking up over 40 countries on trips and living in Dublin, South East Asia and Australia. Babbacombe is a beautiful place indeed, and the cottages are so picturesque, Pingback: My Luxury June Moments - Luxury Columnist, Pingback: A Luxurious Weekend in Amberstone Manor, Devon, Pingback: An Epic Year of Luxury – My 2015 Highlights - Luxury Columnist, Pingback: Travel Wishlist 2015 - Luxury Columnist - Luxury Columnist. Next time I will see about having a little stop off in one of these amazing places! There are numerous hotels, guest rooms, and other options, so if you are looking for a base to start your Devonshire exploration here is as good an option as any. As a fairly large beach, you should have all the space you need, it’s dog friendly too so you can bring your four-legged friends as well. Say to someone that you’ve been to Devon, chances are you’ll be asked ‘Torquay?’ The place has a strong association with all things Devon. Devon is one of the most beautiful parts of the UK, with rolling hills, miles of sandy beaches and tiny country lanes. It’s a bit quieter than some of our other suggestions, so prepare to relax a bit. The tranquil village of Berrynarbor is just east of Ilfracombe, near Combe Martin, in the scenic Sterridge Valley. I'm a lover of US Road Trips, deserted beaches bathed in warm glow of a sunset, Cuban mojitos, easy-on-the-eye travel destinations far away from the tourist crowds and all things Scandinavian - from cloudberry liquors to Scandi Noirs. Beautiful photos! x, It might have been done by the same guy, he created two of them – there were so many humorous touches like the nudist beach that I loved. Situated 1 ¾ miles from the village, Tibbetts is the ultimate countryside retreat. If you don’t like sand you are in luck, as the beach is covered in fine shale. Chagford Common and Fernworthy Reservoir are two of the most scenic walks in an area surrounded by natural beauty. Maybe you’ll find a fossil or two. I love Devon, Dartmouth is my favourite! Outstanding natural beauty! You could spend hours in the model village, the guy who created it certainly had a sense of humour as there are all sorts of funny scenes, Pingback: Travel Souvenirs- Pack for a Purpose. Cycle, run, jog or just amble through leaf laden boulevards of natural beauty. Here white houses sit side by side with little fisherman’s cottages constructed from local stone and flint. The town of Ilfracombe sits on a bit of peninsula, so regardless of which way you walk, you’ll probably end up at the sea. Got it? It never ceases to amaze me how green and lush everything in the UK is! Devon looks really beautiful. You may need to be a skilled crab whisperer to beat the locals, though, as this year's winners caught 164 crustaceans. Heading inland the town is rich in architecture spanning several centuries, and features a pleasant indoor market, offering locally crafted items and home-grown delicacies for you to sample. You’ll come across quite a few thatched cottages like this one – Cockington is one of the most densely thatched villages in England. They also do glass blowing demonstrations and can personalise their work for special occasions. Home to a number of national trust properties and historic buildings you can get a real feel for the past here. Cruise across the winding lanes of Exmoor taking in the sights of one of Britain's most underrated national parks. Fabulous post – I have always been a Cornish girl, so I drive straight through Devon! Considered to be the heart of the English Riviera, Torquay is a lively seaside town with a number of interesting attractions like the Big Wheel. Whilst you can sunbathe and swim in relative comfort, you can also go a bit ‘natural’ as well (no not in ‘that’ way)…There are several species of rare birds and the odd wildflower found in the nearby nature reserve. One of the most attractive is Ansteys Cove near Torquay. It makes the ideal place to stay if you want to explore the surrounding area. The countryside surrounding the village provides a pleasant afternoon ramble as you mix greenery with the occasional thatched cottage adorned lovingly with hanging baskets. Within its walls, you will find magnificent Georgian, Victorian (and even Elizabethan) architecture. Think of a bus on stilts and you’ll have got the general gist, as you splash your way through the waves to arrive on an island housing a hotel, a small cafe, and a pub. Beer is a gorgeous seaside town to visit in Devon. If you are visiting and want to get a real taste of a nautical lifestyle in Devon then you won’t go far wrong with Dartmouth. I actually know so little about England that I feel ashamed. The line then completes its 13-mile trip along the water by following the River Teign into Newton Abbot. No problems. And the caves must be interesting to wander through . We didnt’ get to go on the cliff railway as we walked up but it looked like a lot of fun. The town is home to typically Devonian pubs filled with locally sourced food as well as ales and cider. Bavvacombe looks like a lovely place with a light hearted touch. Heheheh. With gentle tides, expanses of flat rippling sand, and warm shallow water, Bantham makes for a fab day out and is definitely one of the best places to visit in Devon. The locals joke that Totnes is twinned with Narnia – not too much of a stretch of imagination when you wander the town's bustling high street, spying the 'new age' crowd and quirky artisan shops. This UK region has been popular with artists and authors such as Agatha Christie for many years. Watch knights fight in re-enactments or take a stroll down the hill to the picturesque Watermouth Cove. A gorgeous place to explore in Devon! The caves were good fun, those and the model village brought out my inner child! All the convenience and fun with none of the hassle of flying. Definitely recommend it for when you’re next visiting the UK – and do let me know when you’re next in London! Blackpool Sands is a bit unique in the fact that it is privately owned and managed. First we give you hills, and then we give you the longest village in the UK (don’t worry we aren’t trying to tell you anything… you do enjoy walking though right?) If Poirot or Ms Marple is your thing then you are in luck. Have you been to Devon? We couldn’t resist taking home a paperweight from OurGlass, where you can buy direct from the manufacturers. The line between Exeter and Newton Abbot is lauded as one of the most scenic routes in the UK. Wonderful. 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