Devon’s main attractions are its sandy shores and gorse-covered moors, but there is plenty in between to keep landlubbers and culture vultures happy. All urban tastes are met, whether it’s the student-filled Exeter, alternative Totnes, tourist-packed Torquay, beautiful Sidmouth, genteel Ilfracombe or seaside town-on-the-up, Plymouth. For rugged scenery, Dartmoor or Exmoor is the place to go, with some great tors to climb.
The surf-washed northern coast draws in surfers by the campervan-load, while the southern coast provides more tranquil waters and more gentle sands for families and sunbathers. Yachties can head to Dartmouth and Salcombe, but that shouldn’t put you off – these are the county’s prettiest towns, and should be a highlight to your holiday in any season.
Normally unpredictable, the weather in Devon can be bright one minute and rainy the next. Take clothing for all weather.
Many rural areas of Devon don’t have phone signal so be prepared for a trek to the closest farm if you run into trouble when out and about.
You need strong nerves to tackle Devon’s narrow country lanes where sheep, tractors and hairpin bends make travelling by car slow and dangerous. Being good at reversing into a tight space is very important: local etiquette states that the driver nearest the passing place pulls into it.