Holiday cottages in Devon
The beautiful county of Devon lies sandwiched between Cornwall and Somerset in South West England, otherwise known as ‘The West Country’. Visit Devon and you'll find that there is more to this spectacular county than you might have thought. In addition to beautiful beaches and stunning scenery, you will find National Parks, historic sites of interest, and the best cuisine.
Popular Devon Towns:
Appledore | Beer | Bideford | Brixham | Croyde | Dartmouth | Dawlish | Ilfracombe | Instow | Lynmouth | Plymouth | Salcombe | Sidmouth | Thurlestone | Torquay | Woolacombe
The seaside town of Ilfracombe in the north of the county is home to the award-winning Ilfracombe Aquarium, the unique Tunnels Beaches and the blue flag and seaside award. The Victorian shops and houses nestle against the rugged coastline where there are many secluded coves and rock pools to explore.
Moving south lies the lively village of Woolacombe which holds the 'England for Excellence' Gold Award for best family resort. The three-mile stretch of golden sand has won both the blue flag and Premier Seaside Beach award for cleanliness, water quality and facilities. Surfers come from all over the country to enjoy the great waves and clean water.
Heading south Bideford once a major port in the area is still in use today. Bridgeland Street still retains the grand merchant houses and there is also an indoor Pannier Market near the top of the High Street. The shopping area offers a mix of small shops and chain stores. There are pleasant walks from Bideford along the river to Appledore and also the Tarka Trail inland.
Near Bideford lies the picturesque village of Westward Ho!, sat facing out towards the Atlantic Ocean. Triggered by the book Westward Ho! by Charles Kingsley, it grew into a popular holiday destination and remains so today. Located at the Taw/Torridge estuary, between Hartland Point to the south and Sauntan Sands to the north, gives it a classic position and its two miles of long and wide sandy beach, known as Golden Bay, can rival anywhere in the country.
Salcombe, located in the most southerly part of Devon is surrounded by pretty villages, magnificent coastal scenery and stunning beaches. Walking the coastal footpath, sailing in the estuary or enjoying a leisurely ferry trip, there are always plenty of activities to enjoy in unspoilt Salcombe.
Dartmouth is a tourist destination on the estuary of the western bank of the River Dart. Explore winding Elizabethan streets with shops, art galleries, a bustling market, restaurants, bistros, bars and cafes. Sail, fish, explore by boat, walk, take a steam train or potter by the quayside, you will be inspired all year round in this lovely area.
Heading along the coast you will reach the holiday destination of Torquay otherwise known as 'The English Riviera', most famous for its award-winning beaches and exotic palm trees, but it has much more to offer than just seaside holidays. Torquay has more attractions than any other resort in the UK and is also a Global Geopark. There is a great selection of boat trips and tasty local food and fresh fish to enjoy.
To the north of Torquay lies the historic port of Teignmouth with all the traditional attractions of a coastal holiday destination, a promenade, Victorian pier, lido, shops and parks. There are two distinct sides to Teignmouth – the seafront and the harbourside. It's this beautiful contrast and the fact that everything is within easy reach that makes the town so special.
Along the coast lies the small seaside town of Seaton, known as the Jurassic Coast. This stretch of coastline became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2001 and includes areas of outstanding natural beauty. Seaton lies in one of these areas where the Axe Valley meets the sea. From Seaton walkers can go west towards the red Triassic cliffs of the coastline or east into the dense woodland of the Undercliff National Nature Reserve and onto the fossil-bearing cliffs of Lyme Regis and Charmouth.
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