national parks of Dartmoor and Exmoor
are the main sources of the Devon rivers, which
flow in a radial pattern from Dartmoor. The generally
mild climate becomes more extreme with altitude
and distance from the sea. Bright sunshine interspersed
with occasional showers is responsible for the
lush green beauty of the landscape. The coastal
areas are dominated by tourism with Paignton,
Torbay, Brixham and Ilfracombe all being popular
resorts. Picturesque small towns include Salcombe,
Lynmouth and Clovelly. Plymouth and Exeter serve
as the main industrial centres.
A Lake in Devon
Devon is an enchanting area
of the country with such a variety of beautiful
countryside scenes - rolling hills, hidden woodlands,
spectacular rivers, rocky coves and long sandy
may be that a gentle stroll around the harbour
at Lynmouth or along the cobbled streets of
Appledore is to your style. Wandering down the
narrow streets of Clovelly is also very popular
with holiday visitors, although walking back
up is not always treated with such enthusiasm.
Children always love the beaches, but if the
weathers bad you can use Cascades, the indoor
adventure pool at Croyde, or go to one of the
many tourist attractions such as the Milky Way
Adventure Park near Bideford. For "grown-up"
visitors to north devon there are also top quality
places to visit - Rosemoor Gardens, Arlington
Court, Tapeley Park to name but a few.
is one of 13 National Parks in the United Kingdom
that are specially protected as our finest landscapes
and an important part of our national heritage.
It is protected for the conservation of its scenery,
wildlife and cultural heritage and for the understanding
and enjoyment which it can provide. Exmoor National
Park covers 267 square miles (692 Sq Kms) of varied
countryside and is home to over 10,500 people.
was designated as a National Parks in 1951. It
is a beautiful moorland landscape with wooded
valleys and wind swept Tors. The land, some 368
square miles in area, is all owned by someone
and the public is able to roam freely on unenclosed,
open moorland on both foot and horseback. There
are also about 600 miles of public rights of way.
Dartmoor is a rich habitat for wildlife and has
a wealth of archaeological remains.
Devon encompasses two entirely different
regions of Deven known as the The South Hams and the
English Riviera.The South Hams lies
on Devons south coast, between Torbay
and Plymouth, and is mostly within
an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, encompassing
stunning coastline, sweeping rivers and estuaries, golden
beaches and rolling countryside.
Many towns and villages can be found within this area,
including Salcombe, Kingsbridge,
Modbury, Hope Cove, Thurlestone and
Torcross. The English Riviera
covers the three South Devon towns of Torquay,
Paignton and Brixham.
This is the ideal place to relax, to soak up the atmosphere,
to take in the scenery, the parks and the gardens, and
to experience an enjoyable holiday in a classical English
seaside resort. In addition to all the wonderful countryside
are the cities of Plymouth and Exeter.
you are travelling from the north, simply pick
up the M5 southbound and follow it all the way
down to the Westcountry. From the south coast,
Southampton or the M3 choose the A30/A303.
Direct services to Devon
are offered at Paddington and Waterloo (London),
Bristol, Cardiff and Birmingham.
Exeter Airport has excellent
links within the UK, with direct connecting
flights via Birmingham International Airport
to Belfast, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Newcastle and
Regular flights from
International destinations throughout Europe
and North America.
Itenaries (Devon county website has good itineraries.
Beer and Seaton - East Devon:
your walk through the centre of Exeter to Exeter
Bus Station. If you have time, why not walk
up Queen Street and visit the Cathedral Green,
an oasis of calm and tranquillity in the centre
of the city. Stop and take in the view of Exeter
Cathedral (www.exeter-cathedral.org.uk) with
its unique Norman twin towers which dominate
the skyline. Walk to the bus station (10 minutes).
take the CoastLinx 53 bus and
enjoy a stress-free way of experiencing the
beauty of the East Devon coast and countryside
(www.eastdevonaonb.org.uk), without the hassle
of driving and finding places to park. The panoramic
views from the top of the low floor, double-decker
buses are great.
Use the First Day Explorer ticket to hop-on
and hop-off the bus, allowing you to break up
the journey at the various towns or villages
beach is a natural suntrap – the great
cliffs acting as natural wind shields &
the white cliffs reflecting back the warm southern
When you arrive in Seaton, take time to enjoy
this pretty seaside resort with its mile-long
pebble beach and beautiful gardens.
the evening free to enjoy, you have the option
to stay in Exeter and enjoy the city as the
sun sets or to return back to your accommodation.
If you decide to stay in Exeter, why not end
the day with a trip down to the Quayside (01392
271611 / www.exeter.gov.uk).
and North Devon (Mondays - Fridays only)
This day out with a difference is ideal for
those who wish to explore the stunning scenery
along the South West Coast Path, using public
transport and Ilfracombe as the base. It takes
in the breathtaking scenery of the North Devon
Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and North
Devon Heritage Coast, as well as the opportunity
to explore the western edge of Exmoor.
from Plymouth (Sundays Only)
Take the Grand Tour of Dartmoor using the Sunday
Rover ticket. Letting public transport take
the strain is the perfect way to travel around
Dartmoor and the Tamar Valley; enjoy the wide
open landscapes and visit pretty moorland villages.
This itinerary allows you time to enjoy Devon's
two fine cities, Exeter and Plymouth, as well
as the opportunity to take a trip on the scenic
Tamar Valley Line.
Alternatively, enjoy a day out on Dartmoor with
a Sunday Rover ticket and try one of our easy
to follow itineraries as featured in the "Days
out to Dartmoor by bus and train" leaflets.
The times of the buses featured give you the
opportunity to break your journey and enjoy
a local attraction, pub lunch or cream tea.
is the opportunity to start your journey from
Torquay and Paignton, Plymouth, Newton Abbot
or Exeter, with options for The Grand Tour,
the Classic Circular or the Moorland Explorer.
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