Devon has been a hugely popular holiday destination for decades – and with good reason! There’s so much to explore whether you’re with the family, having a romantic break away, or just taking some time to get away and enjoy being in the country. Here’s a guide to give you a few suggestions, and give you a little taste of what this wonderful county has to offer. To make the most of your trip to the area, check out Classic British Hotels for a great range of accommodation to suit your trip.
Take the Kids to Crealy
Crealy Adventure Park is the final word in Devonian amusement parks. It started as a simple open farm in 1989, with adventure playgrounds, pony rides and general farming fun; now two decades on it’s one of the West Country’s foremost attractions. All in all there are now six different areas to the park, called realms, including the Action Realm, the Magic Realm and the Adventure Realm – so there’s sure to be something to entertain kids of all tastes and ages. Must-see rides include the Tidal Wave Log Flume and Meteorite, on which you journey up above the dinosaurs of Dina’s Lost World. As well as the newer additions the old favourites are still in place, with a barn full of fluffy animals to cuddle, and a pony-grooming parlour. There’s also a Go Wild aerial walkway through the treetops, for those who are feeling adventurous.
Steam Train Adventures
Whether with the family or as a romantic ride, step back in time on The South Devon Railway and take an adventure by steam train. This railway is a seven-mile branch line built in 1872 that runs from Buckfastleigh to Totnes, along the beautiful valley of the River Dart.
These days it’s run primarily by volunteers, and the line’s gleaming steam locomotives chug away gently as you relax into your vintage seat, watching unspoiled countryside go by. Stop at Staverton for a riverside walk to the local pub, and admire the retro Great Western Railway station at Totnes, where you can also visit the nearby rare breeds farm. When you make it to Buckfastleigh there’s a maze, lovely gardens, and more locomotives to admire.
The Exe Valley
The Exe Valley is a long distance route for walkers exploring the length of this stunningly beautiful river valley. It is almost 50 miles in length, stretching from the South West Coast Path National Trail on the Exe Estuary to the village of Exford on the high land of Exmoor National Park. The Exe Valley can be divided up into a series of 10 stages, most of which can be walked comfortably by most walkers in half a day. The Exe Valley Way waymarker signs are located along the entire route but with a slight variation of sign materials used inside Exmoor National Park.
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