Why should you visit Devon?
We won’t claim to know the top reasons to come to Devon as that would be impossible to evaluate as a lot depends on personal preferences and interests, so in our rundown we have come up with what we think are some of the best reasons to visit Devon on your next family holiday.
Devon has stretches of coastline in both the north and south. This coastline plays host to a number of great beaches, particularly in North Devon.
In North Devon, there are beaches such as Ilfracombe, Croyde, and Saunton. Such Blue Flag beaches provide the ideal environment for water sports such as surfing and kayaking. There are also a number of beaches in South Devon such as Blackpool Sands near Dartmouth. This beach also includes nearby tropical gardens with a variety of plantations. For those outdoor lovers, the dramatic coastline can also be great for some cliff-sidewalks and Devon includes the South West footpath which stretches some 630 miles.
Devon plays host to an area of moorland called Dartmoor, 368 square miles of granite upland designated as a National Park. The highest point is just over 2,000 feet, but the most distinctive characteristics are the rocky outcrops, or ‘Tors’, on the top of each hill, testament to Dartmoor’s volcanic origins.
Devon is renowned for its fantastic array of local foods. The cows grazing on lush green grass all summer long provide the creamiest milk for making traditional clotted cream to top fresh crumbly scones and sweet strawberry preserve. Not many counties come close to having milk rich enough to use for making clotted cream, and it always tastes better in the place where it is produced!
The rich milk is also the key ingredient in the butteriest-tasting ice cream, delectable soft cheeses and hand crafted rolls of butter. Make sure that you buy a few packs of sweet or savoury biscuits bearing the Duchy Originals royal brand name as quality gifts and help support the West Country producers as well as a range of charities countrywide.
Take time out from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and feel on top of the world as you see it recreated in miniature. Thousands of miniature buildings, people and vehicles capture the essence of England’s past, present and future set in four acres of award winning gardens. It’s not just the humour, nor the animation – it has a life of its own.
Visitors can cover thousands of miles in just a few hours and on foot, on a worldwide nature trail at Paignton Zoo. Scorching deserts, frozen poles, African savannah and the rainforest of South America are all represented. This provides the perfect setting for those with young families as there are plenty of areas for children to play and adults to relax.