From fish and chips on Paignton Pier to sunbathing on a remote South Hams beach, a holiday in South Devon has it all. So, whether you’re looking for a quiet weekend away or an action-packed break for the kids, there really is no better place.
If photographing wide ocean views from the tip of a headland is your thing, you probably already know that some of the best places can only be discovered on foot.
And the South West Coast Path weaves its way through some of the area’s most unspoiled bits of coastline. It offers some pretty spectacular vantage points over land and sea so pick a path that suits you and set off on a seriously scenic adventure.
If you’re up for a challenge try hiking up and down the steep valleys and wild cliffs surrounding Salcombe and enjoy some amazing views over the estuary. Or for something a tad less energetic try the walks across Berry Head in Brixham or around Slapton Ley in Torcross.
From cliff-backed coves to sprawling sands and miles of shingle, South Devon beaches are pretty awesome. And living up to their Blue Flag status are the likes of Bantham, Bigbury-on-Sea, South Milton Sands and Thurlestone; all must-visit stops when you’re in the area.
Bantham Beach is also one of the south coast’s best surf beaches so if you’re looking to take to the water for the first time you can hire a board and grab a couple of lessons before hitting the waves.
A little further towards Dartmouth, the turquoise sea at Beesands and Torcross look positively Mediterranean on a sunny day, and just around the corner from here lies the magnificent Blackpool Sands with its fantastic Venus Beach Café.
With much of its coastline being designated as an Area Of Outstanding Natural Beauty, South Devon’s historic houses, country parks, leys, lighthouses and castles, are among some of the UK’s best.
The gardens at Coleton Fishacre and Greenaway (Agatha Christie’s residence) and the grounds at Cockington village and Park are a wonderful way to spend a day out in the sunshine.
Also well worth visiting are Berry Pomeroy castle, Start Bay lighthouse and the River Dart which flows from its source high up on Dartmoor and down to its mouth at Dartmouth.
Pop into a village pubs or waterside restaurant in Tuckenhay, Stoke Gabriel, Dittisham, or Kingswear on your way back from the beach, and enjoy a lazy lunch and incredible views.
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