What to expect
Stretching from the Bristol Channel to the English Channel, Devon is the only county to have two separate coastlines. It offers rural retreats like Dartmoor and Exmoor National Parks while still having bustling cities like Exeter and Plymouth.
In 2015, Country Life Magazine named Devon as the best place to live in England; having assessed each county on things like health, schools and amenities. Of course, Devon ranked incredibly high for its landscape as well as its heritage and local food.
Its main motivator is the relaxed way of life, but it is important not to forget that it is home to some vibrant towns and urban centres.
Because of Devon’s superb coast, it boasts a number of coastal towns which have also become thriving resorts. If you are an avid angler, sailor, surfer or just love the tranquillity of the sea, Devon is most certainly the place for you.
Things to do in Devon
Devon has a number of activities on offer:
Dartmoor: The beauty of Dartmoor is truly breath-taking, because of its rugged beauty and isolation. It’s a huge draw for lovers of the outdoors and is also full of history, folklore, granite tors, stone circles and quaint villages.
The English Riviera: The south coast of Devon includes seaside resorts like Torquay, Paignton and Brixham which offer a slice of English beach holiday nostalgia. With scuba-diving, rock-pooling, crabbing and a great nightlife on offer they can serve as the perfect location for a day trip or permanent residence.
Exeter: This beautiful city has cobbled streets and squares, plenty of fantastic eateries, and some great shops. There is also a 15th-century cathedral which seems to be the main hub and gathering place for locals, with it being close to the high street and restaurants.
North Devon: Exmoor National Park offers horse-riding, cycling and hiking, and is an incredibly scenic location to drive through. The Tarka Trail is popular among locals as well as those visiting on their holidays; it offers 180 miles of scenic pathways which stretch from Braunton to Meeth. Coastal towns like Ilfracombe, Woolacombe and Westward Ho! offer traditional seaside fun.
With Devon being such a large county, can be the perfect location to reside in if you are looking for a slower pace of life but still want to enjoy being close to a town and amenities.
Why not look at a cottage for sale, Devon? A cottage can be the perfect escape from city life, and you can still enjoy the Devon countryside while being a short drive from bustling towns and cities.