If Poirot or Ms Marple is your thing then you are in luck. Torquay occupies a niche between ‘typical British seaside’ and something ever so slightly classy. The famous landscape painter Thomas Gainsborough came here on honeymoon in 1746 and described it as “the most delightful place for a landscape painter this country can boast”. Rose Cottage is a tearoom with beautiful manicured gardens where you can while away a leisurely afternoon enjoying cream tea in the garden. The tranquil village of Berrynarbor is just east of Ilfracombe, near Combe Martin, in the scenic Sterridge Valley. As part of the North Devon Coast Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), this area offers exactly what it says on the tin. It’s easy to walk around as there are concrete paths, and there’s plenty of space inside the series of caves. Say to someone that you’ve been to Devon, chances are you’ll be asked ‘Torquay?’ The place has a strong association with all things Devon. Pebbles beautifully decorate the beach down to Lyme Bay where gentle waves glide softly up to your feet and the white chalk cliffs create a perfect natural windbreak. All in all, there are so many unique attractions that you won’t want to leave! Here white houses sit side by side with little fisherman’s cottages constructed from local stone and flint. I love Cornwall as well, especially the Lost Gardens of Heligan, Think I have been to most of these places spent a lot of summer holidays there as a child and still love it now. Here white houses sit side by side with little fisherman’s cottages constructed from local stone and flint. There are lots of fun things to do in Babbacombe – one of our favourites is the Model Village. The water around the beach is shallow, so it’s good for paddling. You approach the shingle beach via a steep, winding pathway and it’s definitely worth the effort. Still giggling at the miniature nudists! Located slap bang in the heart of the English Riviera, Brixham is a must-see. Despite the large number of tourists – or 'grockels', as the locals call them – Devon's sleepy coastal villages and moorland landscapes are both picturesque and characterful. The Globe, Ring O Bells and the 13th century Three Crowns, which is said to be haunted, are three favourite locations amongst locals. What is your favourite place there? Visit the tunnelled beach and gain a glimpse into history, as you see a very Victorian solution to how to keep boys and girls properly separated on their jollies. All the convenience and fun with none of the hassle of flying. What do children think about that? Fortunately, if you just haven’t got it in you to hike down to Lynmouth Harbour there is an iconic and famous cliff railway that will ferry you down (and more importantly back up). Dating back to 1832, this National Trust tea room sits at the bottom of the gorge where the East Lyn meets the Hoar Oak Water. The island's cliffs are a haven not only for puffins, but also for climbers who tackle the 60 rock faces and later boast of their accomplishments in the Marisco's Climbers' Log Book. Cockington is an award winning country park, with a Grade II listed manor house, tea rooms and an art gallery. Rose Cottage is gorgeous, isn’t it! Make it happen: Take a ferry or helicopter. Have you been to Devon? You can walk around the island but there are private areas, so watch your step. Set on the Western bank of the river Dart, this is a quaint little town with Elizabethan streets and a crenelated castle. I actually know so little about England that I feel ashamed. If you have time, Torre Abbey is also worth a visit. Thanks Betsy, and the cream teas are not to be missed – Devon’s famous scones! There’s an exquisite harbour complete with fishing boats, and fortunately for you, day charters, so you can see the surrounding coast whilst catching the sun (or if you are like us, burning your nose). This post was a great read and just added Devon into my travel wish list. Would like to visit in Summer and walk along the beaches, I have never been to Devon, its a bit of a long trek for me. Nice to have these recommendations to add for a future visit. They’re all worth a visit in their different way, highly recommended! We didnt’ get to go on the cliff railway as we walked up but it looked like a lot of fun. It is somewhere I would love to visit and you have shown some lovely places. If you want to head inland you’ll find countless ‘indie’ shops, pastel-coloured houses, and perhaps a cafe or two to rest your weary feet. Each of the island's 23 overnight options are as characterful as they are remote. From the end of March until the end of October the MS Oldenburg makes several trips a week to the towns of Ilfracombe and Bideford (£62 return for adults, £30.50 return for children under 16, £11 for infants under four. The cliffs surrounding Lynmouth harbour may look daunting to climb but thanks to a water-powered cliff railway, that dates back to 1890, you can easily reach the summit to enjoy coastal panoramas and hiking trails. The village hosts a wide variety of events throughout year including the summer Appledore & Instow Regatta and the autumn Appledore Book Festival. My parents used to take us to the model village, Dartmouth has a wonderful train that runs along the coast to the zoo and they have the best beaches. There are maps and designated routes tailored to cater for all levels of physical ability and depending on which you take you may be rewarded with panoramic views of the surrounding area. Combesgate Beach, Woolacombe, Devon On the North Devon Coast, the beach at Woolacombe, often listed as one of the greatest in Europe, is vast, sandy, cradled in greenery and with waves that are more than surfable.


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