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Known for it’s beautiful green countryside, quaint little fishing villages, spectacular coastline and delicious cider, Devon is an absolute must see for anyone travelling around England or looking for a summer holiday destination.
Located in the Southwest of England, directly above Cornwall, the 6, 700 square kilometre county boasts some of England’s best weather and offers a very pleasant lifestyle. We took some time after our adventure in Bristol to explore the Southwest coastline and show you these 5 incredible places to visit in Devon. We strongly encourage you to stop by at all of these!
1. Beer, Devon
The small fishing village of Beer is located in Lyme Bay, on the 95-mile long Jurassic Coast in Devon. This is England’s first natural World Heritage Site and forms part of the South West Coastal Path.
Home to a number of beautiful old thatched roof cottages and stone buildings, the village is a must see for anyone travelling through Devon looking for some history in a picturesque setting.
You can’t go to Devon without trying a Devonshire Cream Tea so be sure to stop by The Captains Cottage mid morning or afternoon for a tasty delight!
The beach is only a short walk away, located at the end of the village and it is the perfect spot for a hot summers day. Lined with colourful striped deckchairs, fishing boats and kayaks, it’s calling you to come and play!
This is by far one of the loveliest villages I have seen on my travels so far and definitely one of the top places to visit in Devon.
2. Lyme Regis
Although Lyme Regis is not technically within the Devon border, it’s only a few minutes drive from Beer into Dorset and well worth a visit.
Another seaside fishing village located on the Jurassic coastline, Lyme Regis is lined with many little independent shops ranging from fudge and sweet shops to antique stores. At the end of the street is the pebble stone beach and to the left you can take a walk up the Museum steps for a better view of the coastline.
Either park your car towards the top of the road leading into town or down the end, next to the sea and take a wander.
There are many interesting little shops to see, pubs to taste some local beers and ciders, nooks and crannies to explore and on a nice day, a whole beach to take advantage of. A popular little town, we recommend getting there early to secure a close park!
3. Dartmouth, Devon
Filled with a number of small and unique independent shops, old fashioned pubs and quirky buildings, quaint beauty radiates here. Layers of coloured rooftops, brightly painted terraced homes, teeny tiny roads and lanes, a small central boat harbour and the surrounding clear blue ocean just accentuate what this town has to offer.
Upon arrival, drive until you reach the river and you will find roadside parking running parallel to the river and village on the other side of the road. We recommend paying for 2-3 hours if you want to enjoy some lunch and a wander around the village and harbour.
There are many cafés and pubs offering everything from take-away fish and chips to eat along aside the river to a good roast dinner.
Afterwards, we recommend walking your lunch off along the river through to Bayards Cove Fort and beyond to the castle where you’ll be able to take some great photographs.
Lastly, finish up with a wander through the little lanes of the town centre and make sure you stop for some fudge or icecream along the way!
We recommend parking in the nearby car park up the top and taking a stroll across the clifftop green, Babbacombe Downs. From the Downs on a clear day you will see out to Babbacombe Beach, Oddicombe Beach and all the way across to Dorset, with Teignmouth and Dawlish along the way.