The Ultimate Devon Holiday Guide
As you may know I spend half of my year studying at the (best university in the world) University of Exeter down in Devon. After my first year exams finished Gaz joined me for a lil’ week of roadtripping around Devon to make the most of living down South… If you’re planning on visiting Devon you probably won’t be as lucky as me with no need to worry about accommodation. But don’t worry because Clickstay offers plenty of perfect holiday cottages in Devon.
If you’re after good weather but are on a tight budget, Devon is probably your best bet as far as a holiday in England is concerned. It’s also the perfect place for an adrenaline fuelled break with plenty of walking and cycling trails, canoeing, surfing, caving, climbing or abseiling on offer. If that’s not your cup of tea, then the sights (especially the beaches) alone are to die for. But let’s be honest, wherever you end up in Devon you’re sure to have a blast.
The English Riviera
The English Riviera is the closest thing you’ll get to being abroad in England; iconic palm trees and a busy harbourside are totally reminiscent of the Mediterranean. If luck’s on your side the sun will be shining and the skies blue on your trip to Torquay, a picturesque little town carved into the hillside. During the summer months Torquay Harbour comes alive with street performers and tourists enjoying the beach.
Enjoy long leisurely walks along the pier and promenade (listening to the sounds of the harbour or English Riviera by Metronomy – I recommend starting with The Bay) and take in the relaxed atmosphere. You can hop on the Big Wheel, explore Torquay’s many gardens or take a boat trip on the water.
I won’t talk too much about Salcombe as I wrote about it in a separate post over here. We only explored this little seaside town for a couple of hours but it was one of the cutest and most romantic places I’ve ever visited – so quintessentially British.
Exeter, the county town of Devon, is my favourite place on planet earth and I am way too excited to move into my new house there next week! Eeep. There is plenty to explore in our lovely little city from the beautiful and historic quayside (where Gaz and I celebrated Valentine’s Day) to Exeter Cathedral. There are plenty of shops to explore and an abundance of cute cafes and restaurants to satisfy your hunger – I’m looking at you Old Firehouse.
The city truly comes alive both at Christmas and in the summer. Exeter’s Christmas Market is small and humble, but still gets you in the festive spirit. And there’s no denying that the summer months are when Exeter truly comes alive. Not only is the city lovely in the sunshine but you’re so close to so many of Devon’s fantastic beaches.
A short ten minute train ride away, which will set you back by only a few quid, will take you to Dawlish. Dawlish Warren is an Exeter University student’s favourite haunt, simply because it’s close, cheap and cheerful. Whilst neither the beach or town are mind blowing, Dawlish is so quiet and serene and is the perfect place to chow down on some traditional fish and chips.
Whilst most of North Devon is unknown to me, we started our road trip by glamping two nights at the beautiful Loveland Farm near Bideford. We used this opportunity to visit a nearby beach, Hartland Quay, which boasted spectacular cliffs, rock pools and rock climbing galore. The setting was moody and totally reminded me of pictures I’ve seen of Iceland’s beaches.
So have you ever visited Devon? What’s your favourite thing to do in our green and luscious county? I can’t wait to explore Devon even more over the next few years!
This post is sponsored by Clickstay but as always all opinions are my own.
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