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Pocket Guide: Devon

Devon's mild climate and spectacular coastline attract surfers, boating enthusiasts and families throughout the year, and its lush landscapes of pastureland and tiny fields are a rural idyll for all kinds of getaway. Cities like Exeter and Plymouth are bustling historic centres, and the wild moorland of Exmoor, Dartmoor and Bodmin Moor just over the border in neighbouring Cornwall have inspired novelists and poets down the centuries. You'll find all kinds of accommodation right across Devon, from picturesque B&Bs and family-run guesthouses to grand hotels in the towns and cities.

Where is Devon?

Devon is in the southwest of the United Kingdom, and offers visitors a magnificent coastline and stunningly beautiful landscapes crisscrossed by a network of narrow, winding lanes. Unspoilt fishing villages and secluded coves alternate with popular seaside resorts and the whole region is saturated in maritime history. The moorland interior is dotted with historic remains and Tors, and in contrast there are exotic gardens closer to the coastline more reminiscent of Mediterranean landscapes. Wherever you go in Devon you'll find a whole range of interesting accommodation options to suit every kind of budget.

Days Out in Devon

The romantic inland of Devon offers excellent walking opportunities and spectacular views stretching for many miles around, with few roads and ideal hiking conditions. By way of contrast, the Devon coastline is deeply indented by numerous river valleys, each seemingly in a world of its own, which is the main reason why Devon looks always so open and uncrowded despite attracting so many visitors throughout the year. Like other tourists, you'll probably quickly get to know one part of the county intimately and soak up its atmosphere whilst staying at your B&B, guesthouse or hotel, rather than trying to see everything in a few days.

Getting Around in Devon

Travel can be a bit on the slow side, especially between July and September, when motorists towing caravans snake along the A30 trunk road and the M5 motorway en-route to their hotels and guesthouses. Devon's high-banked and narrow lanes are delightfully atmospheric and quite unlike anything you'll find in other parts of the UK. Devon has excellent train services from Paddington which take the route along Brunel's Great Western Railway and stop at most of the major towns along the way. It makes a great start to your holiday in one of Britain's most fascinating counties, and you'll have the delights of a friendly hotel or guesthouse to look forward to at journey's end. Choose a rural retreat or opt for a granger hotel in a city like Exeter, depending on taste.

Picture Perfect Devon

Devon with its verdant landscapes, wonderful varied coastline and great historic and cultural attractions, attracts all kinds of visitors throughout the year. They come to enjoy the famous cream teas as well as the best possible hospitality in some of the country's finest hotels, guesthouses and B&Bs. You can be sure of a warm welcome and a varied holiday experience in this colourful county that's packed with interest for all ages.

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