Exploring East Devon on foot is a great way to really get under the skin of this wonderful area, whether it’s atop the dramatic coastal path, through some of the charming villages and towns, or along one of the fabulous walking trails that criss-crosses this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Of course, there’s plenty more besides, all in all offering a great deal to keep a visitor incredibly happy for a holiday of any length.
One of East Devon’s major draws is the UNESCO World Heritage site that is the Jurassic Coast, running from the town of Exmouth all the way along the coast into the neighbouring county of Dorset. There are many ways to enjoy this spectacular and fascinating geological phenomenon, where the cliffs tell the story of 185 million years of history.
As mentioned before, walking the path that hugs the Jurassic coast is as good a way as any to experience it, although from beginning to end (in Dorset) it is 95 miles long, so one is spoilt for choice. Driving along the coast, dipping down narrow lanes to get to the coves and communities, is very enjoyable, and if you want to just sit back and enjoy the view, there are tour guides waiting to take the stress out of driving these twisting roads! For another angle on the coast, there are boat trips running from Exmouth along the Jurassic Coast, offering Jurassic themed cruises.
Of course, there is far more to East Devon than just the Jurassic Coast! It’s a large area, with plenty to do besides. There are beautiful gardens to explore, National Trust properties, beautiful beaches to enjoy, and no shortage of excellent attractions. Throughout the year there are some fabulous events, such as Sidmouth Folk Festival and the Beautiful Days Festival, both in August, the Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival in September, and the Ottery Tar Barrels in November.
East Devon is a scenic and appealing area, at any time of year, with plenty of opportunity to get off the beaten track and to discover some real gems, including smaller communities such as Broadhembury, Colyton, Topsham and Otterton, all full of charm, history, and stories to tell.
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