Nestled along the picturesque coastline of England, South Devon offers a delightful mix of natural beauty, historic charm, and vibrant coastal towns. Whether you’re seeking relaxation, adventure, or a taste of local culture, this region has something for everyone. In this blog, we’ll guide you through the top things to do and see during your break in South Devon, ensuring a memorable and enjoyable experience.
1. Explore the Enchanting Coastal Towns
South Devon is home to a series of charming coastal towns, each with its unique character and attractions. Start your journey in the vibrant city of Plymouth, where you can visit the historic Barbican, home to cobbled streets, quaint shops, and maritime museums. Further along the coast, you’ll find the picturesque town of Dartmouth, boasting a stunning waterfront, narrow streets, and an impressive castle. Salcombe, with its idyllic estuary and upscale boutiques, is another must-visit destination.
2. Discover the Beauty of National Trust Properties
South Devon is blessed with several National Trust properties that showcase the region’s rich history and natural wonders. Overbecks in Salcombe is a hidden gem, featuring a subtropical garden, marine biology gallery, and the former home of Sir George and Lady Anne Overbeck. Greenway, the summer home of Agatha Christie, offers a glimpse into the life of the famous author, along with beautiful gardens and woodland walks. Finally, Coleton Fishacre showcases an Art Deco house, charming gardens, and stunning coastal views.
3. Indulge in Water Sports and Beach Activities
South Devon’s stunning coastline offers a plethora of water sports and beach activities to suit all ages and skill levels. Soak up the sun on the golden sands of popular beaches like Bantham, Bigbury-on-Sea, and Blackpool Sands. For the more adventurous, try your hand at surfing, kayaking, or coasteering along the dramatic coastline. If you prefer a more leisurely experience, take a boat trip to explore the nearby islands or embark on a dolphin and seal-watching excursion.
4. Taste the Local Flavors
South Devon is renowned for its fresh, locally sourced produce and culinary delights. Indulge in the region’s famous seafood, such as crab, lobster, and mussels, at one of the many coastal restaurants or traditional pubs. Sample the area’s award-winning cheeses, such as Sharpham Park and Newton Abbot, or treat yourself to a classic Devonshire cream tea, complete with scones, clotted cream, and jam. Don’t forget to try the local ales and ciders, produced by a variety of microbreweries and farmhouses across the region.
5. Embark on a Moorland Adventure
South Devon’s vast moorlands offer a unique and captivating landscape to explore. Dartmoor National Park, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, boasts rugged landscapes, ancient sites, and diverse wildlife. Discover the park’s many walking trails, including the famous Two Moors Way and the Dartmoor Way, which offer breathtaking views and a chance to immerse yourself in the region’s natural beauty.
6. Attend Local Events and Festivals
Throughout the year, South Devon hosts a variety of events and festivals that showcase the region’s culture, history, and community spirit. From food and music festivals to maritime events and agricultural shows, there’s always something happening to add to your break’s itinerary. Be sure to check local listings for upcoming events during your visit.
A break in South Devon promises a delightful blend of coastal charm, natural beauty, and local culture. From exploring the region’s enchanting towns and National Trust properties to indulging in water sports, local flavors, and moorland adventures, there’s something for everyone in this captivating corner of England. So, plan your visit and create unforgettable memories during your South Devon getaway.
By booking a three-night stay at Brightham House Boutique Bed & Breakfast, you can experience the best of South Devon while enjoying the comfort and hospitality of this charming boutique accommodation. So, pack your bags and get ready for a memorable weekend getaway in the heart of England’s countryside.
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