It’s no secret that Devon has come of the best surfing beaches in the UK. Thousands of people head to Devon each year to surf, and there are waves to suit everyone, from beginners to pros. There are plenty of surf schools in Devon dotted around the coast where you can also rent a surfboard and wetsuit. Some of the best beaches for surfing include Saunton Sands, Bantham and Woolacombe. The waves here are perfect for all levels and abilities, and the beaches are quite stunning in themselves.
Dartmoor National Park
The wild and rugged landscape of Dartmoor National Park has attracted people for hundreds of years, and it’s not hard to see why. With its heather moorlands, granite tors, rolling valleys and mires, there is plenty to see and do here. For the more active folk, there is kayaking, bouldering, climbing, wild running, wild swimming, cycling, horse riding and walking with llamas. For family friendly activities, ride a steam train at the South Devon Railway, see the animals at Dartmoor Zoo or have a picnic in one of the many open gardens.
Take a day trip to Lundy Island
Off the coast of North Devon, this granite outcrop is three miles long and half a mile wide. Take a ferry from Bideford or Ilfracombe, and if you’re lucky you might spot dolphins playfully following the boat. The island is a haven for birds and Easter is one of the best times to spot skylarks, puffins and water rails. You can also walk around the island and see the remains of an ancient burial chamber, visit a cave once used to incarcerate prisoners, and climb the highest lighthouse in Britain.
Berry Pomeroy Castle
Dating back to the late 15th century, Berry Pomeroy Castle is a spectacular construction. Within the walls of the Pomeroy family castle are the ruins of the Elizabethan mansion of the Seymours. This mansion was never completed and eventually abandoned, leading to many ghost sightings. An audio tour of the castle allows you to hear stories of the castle’s residents. Discover the dungeon in Margaret’s Tower, climb up to the first floor of the medieval gatehouse, check out the fireplace of the South Range kitchen, and explore the remains of the Great Hall, which was once the most extravagant room in the castle.
The beautiful town of Dartmouth lies on the banks of the River Dart in south Devon. The picturesque buildings, charming little streets, stunning views and amazing local produce make it a must-visit. Dartmouth is full of history, and you can discover forts, historical houses and museums in the town and surrounding areas. Get your walking boots on and explore the countryside, or take on one of the breathtaking coastal walks. If you’re a foodie, then there’s no better place to come. With local food like ice cream, fudge and fresh seafood, you won’t go hungry in Dartmouth.