Hundreds of thousands flock to Devon each year but what has made this corner of the UK such a firm favourite for a holiday? Let’s take a look!
We couldn’t start taking a look at Devon without mentioning one of the things it’s most famous for and my own indulgent favourite – the legendary cream tea, complete with freshly baked scones, the iconic clotted cream and a great big dollop of jam.
You would be hard-pressed to find a greater selection of this British favourite, which unlike the American version does not tend to include chocolate and is available in a fascinatingly wide selection of flavours. With Devon being so synonymous with the dairy industry you can expect to find some of the creamiest and richest fudge your taste buds have experienced!
One of the big reasons why holiday homes in Devon are so popular is down to the good weather the South West tends to enjoy. This is due to the Gulf Stream which, courtesy of the east coast of America, provides a warm and fast current across the Atlantic Ocean hitting the South West coast. This also helps account for the abundance of flora and fauna in the region.
Surf, sea and sand
From shingle to sandy beaches, Devon has it all and guess what? The ice-cream is great too!
The North Devon coast is famous for its great surf from the swell of the Atlantic. The most famous location is Croyde which has been home to some of the sport’s top competitors. The last time I visited Devon I was a complete surfing novice and found a great surf school there. As well as surfing you can enjoy body boarding and stand-up paddling.
The appeal of Devon is reinforced by the fascinating locations to experience during your visit. You can visit Exmoor National Park or take a trip down the water powered railway from Lynton to Lynmouth, a location where I enjoyed the most wonderful cream tea! Or why not take a day trip to Lundy Island where time stands still and seals and sometimes even dolphins come and say hello.
This beautiful county has endless charm and makes a great change from the hustle and bustle of city life.