Words by: Natasha Henson
Sandy beaches, historical sights and natural wonders – you’ll find it all in Devon. Ok, so I might be a little biased because I live in this part of the world, but there’s nothing better than hopping in the car and exploring the county.
Whether you’re looking for those home comforts or want to get out into the wilderness for a spot of wild camping. There are lots of accommodation options in Devon too, so it makes it really flexible for your trip. One of the best ways to explore destinations around Devon is car camping. It’s such an easy way to pitch up without the hassle of actually putting up a traditional tent. You just strap it to your car, and you’re ready!
So if you’re looking to get away for a few days, here are just five awesome things to do while in this corner of the UK.
Explore the moors of Dartmoor
Dartmoor’s rugged landscape is like no other place in the UK. Its granite rock formations known as tors are popular tracks for climbing, while its sloping hills are popular amongst hikers. The moors are also notorious for being the setting of the famous Sherlock Holmes story The Hound of the Baskervilles. Visit on a foggy day, and it’s easy to see how this national park has inspired so many legends and ghost stories. There are lots of places to stay around Dartmoor and within the park.
Take a tour of Castle Drogo
Devon has many historic castles including Dartmouth Castle and Totnes Castle. Castle Drogo is probably the least historic castle in the UK – in fact it was the last to be built in Britain with construction starting in 1910. Despite its lack of history, it’s still an incredible feat of architecture borrowing stylings from various other castles and time periods. The castle also offers dramatic views of the Teign Gorge and the surrounding woodland. Castle Drogo is currently undergoing restoration work to make it watertight, although it is still possible to visit it and see most of it.
Go on the rides at Crealy Adventure Park
If you’re looking for thrills that all the family can enjoy, Crealy Adventure Park could be worth heading to. This theme park has everything from water rides to rollercoasters. There’s even a farm and zoo to explore containing over 200 animals. There are several holiday lodges and camping sites in South Devon that are not far from Crealy Adventure Park that could be great for staying at with the family. You’re also not far from Exeter while based here, so you can visit the sights and explore the city.
Go dining in Plymouth
The port city of Plymouth has lots to see and do. Here you’ll find an epic aquarium and various historic buildings including lighthouses and Tudor pubs. It’s cobbled streets, and marina also has no shortage of great restaurants to try out. If you’re hoping to try some fresh fish, Plymouth is the best place to go.
Watch a sheep race
Devon is also one of the few places on Earth where you can witness a sheep race. From Easter to October, The BIG sheep hosts daily sheep races that attract lots of visitors. This attraction also hosts many other activities from tractor rides to go-karting to beer tasting – it’s has something for everyone. The BIG sheep can be found in the village of Abbotsham, which is near Bideford.
Top image credit: Natasha Henson