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Our Top 10 Days Out in Devon

Written by Katie Bessant on

Family enjoying a day out in North Devon

Devon isn't short of exciting things to do, here's a pick of our top ten:

1. Lundy Island - The best for wildlife and adventure

Situated a few miles off the Devon coast is a little island that’s just 3 miles long and half a mile wide, has a pub that never closes, is home to puffins, seals and seabirds and is nothing short of magical. Catch the MS Oldenburg from Bideford or Ilfracombe and spend a day on wild and beautiful granite outcrop in the Atlantic!

2. The North Devon Wake Park - The best for watersports

Anyone can wakeboard with the right tuition, a lovely stretch of open water and a cable tow to take you there! And it’s right here in Devon! The family owned wake park also has a watery obstacle course that everyone loves with slides and jumps. And they do a very fine bacon sarnie too!

3. The Big Sheep - The best for sheep

This North Devon attraction has been wowing the kids (and parents) for years with their wonderfully fun mix of woolly shenanigans, rides and hands on shepherding! Feed lambs, learn about the humble sheep, cheer on the sheep race and have a super fun time on a series of rides. 

4. The Milky Way - The best for rollercoaster experiences

Ok, so the Milky Way has five fantastic rides to go on as often as you like, but there’s more to the rollercoaster experience than that. It has an indoor play area for kids with slides and ball pools and nets to explore, it has birds of prey shows, little kids’ adventures, sports and more. And most of it is included in the price. 

5. Lydford Gorge - The best for wild waters

Deep in the wilds of Dartmoor you’ll find Lydford Gorge, a remarkable valley that’s home to the Devil’s Cauldron, a swirling vortex of angry white water, and the White Lady waterfall, Devon’s tallest falls. Between the two are a series of wonderful woodland walks. There’s an adventure playground too…oh… and an amazing café! 

6. RHS Rosemoor - The best for flowers and blooms

This wonderful garden near Torrington is a haven of good natured peace and quiet. Despite the tranquillity there is plenty going on and lots to admire about the way the gardens have been zoned and planted. The garden is illuminated in the winter and there’s always something on for the kids, whether it’s bug days or live theatre…

7. Woolacombe Beach - The best for a world class beach experience

There are lots of other world class beaches in Devon,  of course, but Woolacombe is the one that’s the  darling of the Tripadvisor reviewers. It’s consistently voted as the top UK beach and is among those considered the best in the world. Why? Golden sands. Great restaurants nearby. Good facilities. Lovely outlook. Clean water. What more could you ask? 

8. Exeter - The best of everything

Exeter is a great city with lots going for it.  The shopping is great, whether you are looking for quirky independents or high street chains, and there are a plethora of great restaurants to help you through your shopping day. The cathedral, of course, is magnificent and the Underground Passages are intriguing. Then there’s the quayside, the RAMM museum, and nightlife… a great day and night out. 

9. Combe Martin Dinosaur and Wildlife Park - The best for wolves and dinosaurs

Don’t worry… the dinosaurs at Combe Martin aren’t real, although you’d be forgiven for thinking they are! Created by master craftsmen, the animatronic beasts are the closest you’ll get to a living breathing T-Rex. But that’s not all. There are lions, wolves, penguins, sealions, lemurs, meercats and wallabies! What more could a small person need? Overdose on cuteness!

10. The Tarka Trail - The best for walks and traffic free cycling

The Tarka Trail runs From Braunton to Meeth near Torrington, and offers almost 50 kilometres of traffic free walking and cycling, with lots of great stop offs, cafes and attractions along the way, as well as places to hire a bike if you didn’t bring one. It was built on the former railway line, which means the cycling is never too steep, although the downhill section from Torrington towards Bideford can be an easy freewheel! The countryside is lovely and the river views astounding – and it’s a great way to visit Torrington, Bideford, Barnstaple and Braunton.  A great way to beat the traffic!

Of course, whilst exploring all of these great days out, you will need somewhere to relax in the evening, so take a look through our range of self-catering properties in Devon.

Katie Bessant

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