WE LOVE ENGLAND GUIDE TO SOUTH DEVON

Providing a fantastic combination of mile upon mile of varied coastline, including dozens of beaches, lush green hills and gorgeous winding rivers, there’s enough room for everyone in South Devon, no matter what their reason for being in this part of the World.  Considered a favourite area for people looking to relocate down to the southwest of England, South Devon is also a perfect destination for holiday makers.

It would be a challenge to find anyone that doesn’t fall somewhat in love with South Devon.  It’s a very pretty area, and contains towns and villages, both on the coast and inland, that can be a perfect base for a vacation.  If solitude is what you’re after, there is no shortage whatsoever of tranquil and isolated spots where the only sounds you’ll hear when you wake up are the local church bells and the birds singing their dawn chorus.  In exploring this beautiful area, there’s a great deal for the visitor to discover.  Seafaring stories including tales of smuggling, piracy and World War Two exploits; the bountiful nature, both flora and fauna; outdoor activities, from surfing and coasteering, to hiking the South West Coast Path; exceptional food and drink, fresh from both the land and the sea; and so much more.  A gentle and easy place to be contented, South Devon is a wonderful place to visit.

Torbay

Torbay


Situated along the coast of South Devon, the large bay of Torbay is overlooked by the three towns of Torquay, Paignton, and Brixham.  Often known as the English Riviera, Torbay is a well-loved and appealing tourist destination that has been welcoming visitors from all over the World for well over 100 years, and it really doesn’t disappoint.

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Dartmouth

Dartmouth


A historic and elegant town with deep water port, Dartmouth has more stories to tell than most, thanks largely to its seafaring tradition and naval connections. Situated on what is arguably England’s prettiest river, the River Dart, Dartmouth has served as one of the country’s principal ports for many centuries, and these days it serves as a fabulous place to visit.

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Teignmouth

Teignmouth


Interestingly made up of two distinct sides, a popular holiday resort and a working port, the town of Teignmouth has long been a destination for those looking for a traditional English seaside experience.  With an elegant seafront with long, sandy beach on one side, and the so called ‘Back Beach’ that looks across the River Teign on the other, the appeal of this place is well deserved.

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Totnes

Totnes


Sometimes amusingly referred to as being twinned with Narnia, the town of Totnes contains a delicious blend of quirkiness, independence, and history, all located in a prominent position above the beautiful River Dart.  The second oldest borough in England doesn’t disappoint, with Norman, Medieval and Tudor buildings combining intriguingly with unconventional shops, galleries, and places to eat at.

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Salcombe

Salcombe


Devon’s most southerly town, Salcombe is a picturesque and popular town, sitting near the mouth of the Kingsbridge Estuary, ready to welcome any travellers that are lucky enough to discover it. Known for its lively atmosphere, mild climate, beautiful situation, and golden beaches, Salcombe is a well-loved town that has become a real favourite for holidaymakers and sailors alike.

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Bigbury On Sea And Bantham

Bigbury On Sea And Bantham


Arguably containing South Devon’s two finest beaches, and looking across to beautiful Burgh Island, the villages of Bigbury-on-Sea and Bantham are ever popular with day trippers, both local and from further afield. Although the beaches are right next to each other, they are separated by the River Avon that flows out into the sea between them, so unless you can kite surf, kayak, or swim across the estuary (safely!), it’s about a 25 minute drive inland from one to the other.

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WLE RECOMMENDATIONS IN south devon

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This wonderfully diverse part of Devon is a long-established holiday destination, hence the array of accommodations is superb.  If you think about what your ideal overnight base should be, then you can almost certainly find something to tick the boxes in South Devon, whether it be a ferryman’s co... see more
Attractions and things to do

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One of the most obvious draws of South Devon for the visitor is the beautiful coastline, with glorious beaches and coves aplenty, a coastal path that leads the hiker on great adventures, tales of seafaring history, and a contrasting selection of communities to explore.  Bronze bust of Agatha C... see more
Food and drink

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With such a long stretch of coastline skirting so much of South Devon, it’s inevitable that seafood is one of the main offerings when eating out in this part of the county.  The best eateries offer fresh fare of all types, caught as recently as can be, and tasting fabulous thanks to the artistry ... see more

USEFUL INFORMATION ABOUT south devon

Bordering Cornwall in the southwest of England, the county of Devon is the perfect destination for holiday makers. The South Devon region has an array of wonderful things to do and offers the contrast of amazing coastlines to the rugged moorland and Bronze Age history of Dartmoor.

South Devon by Car

The M5 motorway southbound is the main roadway into the South Devon region, which merges into the A38 Devon Expressway just past Exeter.

South Devon by Bus

National Express operate coach services to many of the locations within South Devon, including Exeter, Plymouth & Torquay. 

South Devon by Train

The main train line from London and the north stops at Exeter and Plymouth on its way to Cornwall. You will need to change at these stops for various branch line options that take you deeper into the South Devon region. 

Please visit National Rail or Trainline for further information on train times and booking tickets.

South Devon by Plane

The closest airport to the South Devon region is Exeter International with Bristol Airport about a 2 hour car journey away. 

Exeter Airport –

By train – You will need to take a taxi or bus service from the airport terminal to Exeter St Davids train station. There you can access trains to Plymouth, Torquay, Totnes and other South Devon destinations. 

By Car – There are a number of car rental services within the airport. Once on the road, follow the signs for the A38 southbound which will take you directly into the South Devon region. 

 

Bristol Airport –

By train – There is regular bus service from the airport terminal which takes you directly to Bristol Temple Mead train station (approximately 30 minutes). From there you can catch a train to Exeter or Plymouth where you will need to change for various branch line options that will take you into other parts of the South Devon region. 

By Car – There are a number of car rental services within the airport. Once on the road travel southbound on the M5 motorway which merges to become the A38 just past Exeter. Follow the A38 to Plymouth or follow signs to Torquay and other destinations with the South Devon region.