Devon is a great destination for a spring break, with its fantastic landscape surging back to life and never looking more beautiful. Idyllic beaches, beautiful scenery and so much culture and activity to lose yourself in, a trip to Devon has always held something new for me to enjoy. Here’s my guide to the best Devon can offer in the Spring.
All across the county, there is a wide variety of activities and places of interest to keep everyone entertained whatever your interest. For the sports lover, you can try your hand at surfing on the North Devon coast or go sailing around the South coast. You can also explore the landscape whilst you hike, trek or bike through the many national parks throughout Devon such as in Exmoor National Park. I would also recommend tor climbing, with climbs for all abilities available. Visit Dartmoor National Park to explore the park on horseback or to simply see the ponies that naturally roam here. For a great seaside break, you have your pick of beautiful beaches to choose from. I highly recommend Dawlish Warren and Teignmouth in South Devon and Lynmouth and Woolacombe.
If the countryside isn’t for you, then Devon has some fantastic towns to visit. Exeter is a popular tourist destination, with many historical sites to visit such as the Cathedral which dates back to 1050 and the ruins of Rougemont Castle. The old Navy city of Plymouth also provides a great place to immerse yourself in history. Visit the Mayflower Steps at the Barbican’s quayside to walk in the footsteps of the forefathers of America or walk the Royal Citadel, built to protect the coast after the English Civil War.
The countryside of Devon leaps back into life during spring and around it, many events pop up to celebrate. Exeter hosts Exefest, a folk music festival, on 20th April and then welcomes the Exeter Festival of South West Food and Drink from 26th-28th April. May hosts the annual Devon County Show which is one of the biggest county shows in the country. Running from 16th-18th May, the show celebrates the best of the region’s agriculture. There is also the Dart Music Festival in Dartmoor which runs from 10th-12th May.
Many of Devon’s National Trust properties have a programme of events over Easter, including Easter Egg hunts with more information available on their website.
As with much of the UK, Devon comes out of winter and into Spring from March through until May. The climate is relatively mild, with temperatures averaging between the low to high 50s throughout the season.
The weather does vary across the county, with the moors typically being rather cloudy and the coastal towns of Exmouth and Salcombe being the sunniest places in the county.
Devon is blessed with a wide range of accommodation but I certainly have a personal favourite. For the perfect accommodation to stay in, there are many cottages in Devon to hire out and I’ve always found them to be a delight. Take your pick of idyllic traditional countryside cottages, each with beautiful surroundings.
Devon is easily accessible with many transport links available. Connected by South West Trains to the South West of England, there are direct train routes from London to Plymouth, Exeter and Exmouth. Exeter is home to its own airport, with internal flights from Manchester and Newcastle. Devon is also easily reached by road, with Dartmouth National Park a 4 hour drive from London.
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