With its rural splendour, ragged coastal paths and enchanting fishing villages, Devon is a serene spot to enjoy a perfectly pleasant seaside sojourn. The quiet charm of the county attracts millions of visitors every year, who bask in the warm sunshine while enjoying the soft sands and prime seafood of the area.
Roam upon the River Banks
Begin your day with a visit to the glorious banks of the River Dart Country Park, a verdant wonderland that rests upon the banks of the beautiful River Dart. Within the park, visitors can enjoy a variety of outdoor activities that include canoeing, kayaking and pedaloing through the stunning scenery that inspired Charles Kingsley's The Water Babies fairytale. The River Dart Adventure Centre allows visitors to satisfy their craving for adrenaline with a range of heart racing activities; the Commando Assault Course offers a selection of strenuous activities in the woodland while the Mega Zip Line lets your soar across the tree tops like a bird of paradise. Rest your legs with a relaxing refreshment in The Old Sawmill café bar before setting out to enjoy the next part of your excursion.
The Rustic Delights of Dartmoor
Spend the afternoon exploring the 365 square mile wilderness of the iconic Dartmoor, a woodland adventure that is guaranteed to leave walkers feeling revitalised and refreshed. Upon your wander of the wilderness, you'll encounter 13th century hamlets, wooded glades, vast moorlands and stone age ruins. Stop for lunch in the charming 15th century Peter Tavy Inn, which resides atop a hill and boasts stunning views of the entire moor; the rustic and wonderfully fresh food is prepared using locally sourced ingredients and the lunch menu feature gastronomical delights such as steak and Stilton pie, potatoes and cheese cakes and minted lamb and orange casserole. Next, enjoy a slice of rich history with a visit to the atmospheric Powderham Castle, one of the oldest family seats in Devon. The majestic building is set amongst the stunning scenes of its very own deer park and an intriguing tour of the interior will take visitors to the structures stony medieval core and through the Victorian kitchen.
The Exquisite Town of Exeter
After your afternoon adventures, take the short journey to the lovely quayside town of Exeter to enjoy some alluring landmarks and intriguing attractions; begin with a wander of town in order to visit the Norman cathedral, the fine and flourishing university and remarkable Roman ruins. Complete your delightful day in Devon with a meal are one of the South coast's most revered restaurants. The elegant and exquisite eatery at Harry's Restaurant maximises the fantastic local produce that grows in abundance in the environs; sample hearty and wholesome meals with a contemporary flair, including crab linguine with fresh Devonshire crab, belly pork with chilli colcannon, butternut squash risotto and Harry's famous fish pie.