Devon

This holiday spot is known for its sandy beaches and rugged moors.

Surfers on the beach in Devon, England

DEVON - AT A GLANCE

  • Sunny Devon is cream teas, fresh crab sandwiches on the beach and cider on the quay side; it's a salty surfing lesson, camping wild on rugged Dartmoor and leisurely driving along country lanes with green fields rolling past on both sides.
     
  • You can try surfing, sailing, sea fishing and pretty much every water sport you can imagine. If you want to keep dry, embark on epic hikes on Exmoor or take in dramatic views on the coastal paths, then try a spot of cycling, climbing, horse riding or even golf.
     
  • Devon hosts everything from music, arts and literature festivals to a great range of (sometimes weird and wonderful) traditional celebrations, all-year-round. There’s Croyde’s Goldcoast Oceanfest in June, the Agatha Christie Festival on the English Riviera in September, and the Flaming Tar Barrels of Ottery St Mary in November.
     
  • And whilst Devon is great for peace and quiet relaxation, its bigger towns and cities offer great music and nightlife.
     
  • Check out its largest city, Exeter, which has plenty of cultural attractions to see.
     
  • Exeter, in Southwest England, is about 2 hours 20 minutes from London by train.

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