Dartmoor National Park
Dartmoor National Forest is a 365 square-mile wilderness of wild moors, woody glades, fairy-tale castles, cute villages and ancient hamlets


D on’t trouble with schedules and to do lists; the very best method to experience Devon is to be impulsive and do as the state of mind (and weather) takes you. Most of the enjoyable things to do are outdoors, exploring the square-jawed surroundings of Dartmoor and Exmoor national forests, cycling riverside routes, surfing, cruising, bird-watching on Lundy Island, and hiking the South West Coastal Path. For culture vultures, manor houses provide a taste of Devon jet set, while sophisticated seaside towns such as Dartmouth run routine arts, music and food events and sailing regattas.

Go on Britain’s longest walkway

The South West Coast Course, Britain’s longest footpath, traces the both coasts of Devon, using easy access to wild and windswept cliffs, remote sandy coves and remote hamlets. There are periodic pubs and cafés on the course, and a regular bus network implies you can dip in and out as you please. If you’re on a multi-day journey, Travel Luggage Transfers(01326567247) will drop off your travel luggage at your accommodation each day.

Expert tip: Clovelly to Hartland Point is the most remarkable section, while Bantham to Salcombe has a string of postcard-pretty beaches. The additional away you are from a parking lot, the more likely you are to discover a cove to yourself.

C ontact: 01752896237; southwestcoastpath.org.uk

Opening times: Daily, 24 hours

Cost: Free

South West Coast Path, Britain’s longest walkway, traces the both coasts of Devon

An insider guide to Devon

Go bird-watching on Britain’s Galapagos

L undy Island is a three-mile long granite outcrop off Hartland Point in north Devon. It’s a marine reserve, where twitchers, scuba divers and snorkellers get up close and personal with seals, puffins, basking sharks and seabirds. Dating from 1958, the stylish Oldenburg sails a number of times a week from Bideford and Ilfracombe. It has wood panelling in its comfortable saloons and a deck for fair-weather. In winter season (from November to March), a helicopter service operates from Hartland Point.

Insider pointer: If you wish to spot a particular species, drop in at the Marisco Tavern, the island’s only restaurant, where residents will give you suggestions on where to find it. Recommendation books will help you recognize local plants and fauna.

Contact: 01271 863636; landmarktrust.org.uk

Opening times: See site for sailing times


At Lundy Island, you can get up close and personal with seals, puffins basking sharks and seabirds

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The very best things to do in Devon

Freewheel along Britain’s longest traffic-free cycle route

F ollowing an obsolete railway line from Braunton to Meeth, the Tarka Trail still has vibrant Thomas the Tank Engine-style signal boxes and carriages on the sidings.

I nsider pointer: A day-trip between Terrific Torrington to Meeth (11 miles) provides a great cup, with spectacular Dartmoor views and a regular bus service to take you back. Bike hire is offered at Great Torrington.

Contact: tarkatrail.org.uk

Opening times: Daily, 24 hours

Prices: Free

Tarka Trail is Britain’s longest traffic-free cycle path

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The best restaurants in Devon

Stock up at a farmers’ market or farm store

D evon’s market towns come alive at weekends with local producers offering fresh veggies, artisan cheeses, preserves and meats on market stalls. Exeter Street Grocery Store is one of the very best, serving up specials from Friday to Sunday in the city centre. Ullacombe Farm Shop, near Haytor, offers conventional scrumpy, English white wine, superb meat, fresh fish, handmade cheeses and even Devon-grown chillies, while Dart’s Farm, near Topsham, is another excellent option.

Insider tip: Wherever you travel and eat in Devon, watch out for the ‘Love the Flavour’ logo on menus and in store windows– this association of food providers and manufacturers is committed to quality Devon food and drink.

Contact: streetfoodexeter.co.uk; ullacombefarm.co.uk; dartsfarm.co.uk

Opening times: Differed; see sites


Exeter Street Food Market is one of the very best farmer’s markets around, providing delicacies from Friday to Sunday in the city centre

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Indulge in a conventional cream tea

D on’t even think of leaving Devon without enjoying this tea-time custom. With so many offerings, it’s tough to select a preferred place, however the Guardhouse Café, housed in an 1802 Napoleonic fortress at the Berry Head Nature Reserve, near the pastel-painted fishing town of Brixham, regularly tops our list for its tasty offerings and significant clifftop place.

I nsider idea: Heated argument surrounds whether the jam or cream need to go on initially, but a recent research study showed that the Devon method of putting the jam on first makes sure a more even spread of garnishes.

Contact: 01803 855 778; guardhousecafe.com

Opening times: Daily, 9am-5pm


Do not even think about leaving Devon without delighting in cream tea, a regional custom


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Blow away the cobwebs in Dartmoor National Park

T here’s no better location in Devon to get some headspace than the wide open spaces of Dartmoor National Park, a 365 square-mile wilderness of wild moors, wooded glades, fairy-tale castles, adorable towns and ancient hamlets. A walk up a Dartmoor tor– granite-topped hill– is a must. Keep an eye out for wild ponies, birds of prey, kingfishers, otters and rare butterflies.

Expert suggestion: Dartmoor’s single-track narrow nation lanes have couple of passing places so don’t try them unless you’re positive at reversing long distances and around corners. If you get stuck, nicely ask the other motorist pleasantly to reverse rather (and hope they’re better at it than you).

Contact: 01626832093; dartmoor.gov.uk

Opening times: Daily, 24 hours

Rates: Free

There’s no better location in Devon to get some headspace than the large open areas of Dartmoor National forest

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Visit Agatha Christie’s vacation home

A gatha Christie’s private holiday home, Greenway, on the River Dart is much as it was when the crime author remained here when looking for inspiration for her books. Editions line the racks, along with household photos and collections of botanical china and archaeological finds. Even if you’re not a Christie fan, your home is worth a go to for its lovely setting on the River Dart and gardens. Do not miss the peach home, winery and fernery.

I nsider tip: The most scenic way to get to Greenway is by ferry or steam train from Dartmouth. You can drive, but parking is restricted so you’ll require to book it ahead of your arrival.

Contact: 01083842382; nationaltrust.org.uk

Opening times: Apr-Oct, daily, 10.30 am-5pm

Costs: ₤ ₤

Greenway was where Agatha Christie stayed when she desired motivation for her books

An insider guide to Cornwall

See how the other half live

P owderham Castle is among the oldest household seats in Devon, belonging to the Earl of Devon. Embed in its own deer park, it has actually been contributed to and modified repeatedly over its 600- year history. Tours take in the medieval core, neo-classical locations and the Victorian cooking area. There are stunning increased beds and a walled garden with a Victorian glasshouse.

Expert suggestion: You’ll need to hunt for it, however the working blacksmith’s create(03333350 125) in the grounds is a highlight. Opening times differ from Powderham’s so inspect ahead.

Contact: 01626890243; powderham.co.uk

Opening times: Mar-Nov, Sun-Fri, 10 am-5pm

Costs: ₤ ₤

Powderham Castle is among the earliest household seats in Devon, with its own deer park and Victorian glasshouse

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Check out a harbour town

S et on the River Dart, the harbour town of Dartmouth is a gem, with ancient narrow streets, shop stores and trendy art galleries. Emphasizes include breakfast at famous café Alf Resco, a check out to Dartmouth Castle and Bayards Cove, a tour of Dartmouth Naval College, wine-tasting at close-by Sharpham Estate and a meal The Seahorse

I nsider suggestion: For a picnic with a difference, work with a private boat up the Dart with The Picnic Boat(07968752625). You can stop off in little bays to go crabbing, or take a vineyard trip at Sharpham. There’s cover in case of bad weather.

Contact: 01803834224; discoverdartmouth.com(visitor’s centre)

Opening times: Daily, 24 hours

Rates: ₤ ₤

The harbour town of Dartmouth is charming, with ancient narrow streets, boutique shops and trendy art galleries


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Hang ten with the surfers

R egarded as one of the best location in the country to go surfing, Croyde Bay has mild breaks for novices and larger swells for more experienced web surfers. There’s a handful of regional surf schools providing lessons with board and wetsuit hire consisted of, in addition to coasteering expeditions for non-surfers.

Insider idea: For a full-grown browsing break, stay at the Old Rectory(01598763 368), a high-end hotel on Exmoor that’s well worth the 45 minute drive from Croyde. Saunton Sands Hotel(01271890212) is another good, budget option.

Contact: 07875676757; croydedevon.co.uk(visitor’s centre)

Opening times: Daily, 24 hours

Rates: Varied

Croyde Bay supplies fantastic waves for both beginners and experienced surfers


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Marco Bitran
Husband and father of two children under age 5, Marco also enjoys walks in nature, squash, running road races, and photography. He regularly contributes significant time and resources to the Combined Jewish Philanthropies, the MSPCA and other animal rights organizations, and the Bitran Charitable Foundation. Marco has also volunteered and consulted for public housing support organizations such as the Somerville Homeless Coalition, created by the local community’s grassroots response to the social crisis of homelessness.