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Devon

Devon, in spring and early summer time is one of the best places in Britain to take a break Ė to slow down the pace, relax and de-stress.

The hoards have yet to descend, clogging up the access routes to what is, arguably, Britainís most popular holiday destination. Open roads, open countryside, relaxing, picturesque towns and villages, friendly ambience in tearooms, pubs and restaurants and a huge selection of excellent B & Bs to cater for all your needs. You simply canít go wrong.

Englandís third largest county, Devon, boasts an impressive range of scenery, between its north and south coastlines, including the two famous national parks of Dartmoor and Exmoor.

Devon has a fine reputation for taking its tourism industry very seriously; the infrastructure is in place and the county has earned its stripes as a provider of top quality accommodation and hospitality. And, at this time of year youíll be spoilt for choice. There are some fantastic late deals around and something to suit everyoneís taste and budget. But, thatís just the beginning.

For those of you who want to do more than just put your feet up and chill, in idyllic surroundings, here are just a few suggestions (at the risk of omission!) for great days out in Devon:

Beaches: So many magnificent beaches, north and south and all within easy reach: flat swathes of sand at Woolacombe and Croyde Bay (noted for its superb surfing); the sandy dunes of Braunton Burrows and the stunning coastline of Start Bay are, to name but a few, beaches and bays that will satisfy more than just the bucket and spade brigade.

Exmoor: Relatively unpopulated, even in high season, Exmoorís wooded valley, heather moor and spectacular cliff top views from the town of Lynton or a trip on the cliff railway that takes you from Lynton to Lynmouth below, are not to be missed.

Buckland Abbey (Yelverton): Enjoy a trip back in time, at Buckland Abbey, a medieval monastery, dating back to the thirteenth century. The hands-on style exhibition of the exploits of Sir Francis Drake is likely to appeal to all ages.

Canonteign Falls (Near Chudleigh): Englandís highest waterfall is set amidst spectacular scenery, surrounded by lakes, rocky crags and woodland.

Dartington Crystal (Great Torrington): A visit to the Dartington Crystal glass factory is a must for those who want to find out more about the ancient craft of glassmaking. The visitorsí centre has a glass activity area that is great fun for young and old.

Dartmouth Castle (Dartmouth): A visit to Dartmouth Castle is worth it for the sweeping views, alone, from its imposing battlements, as well as its wonderful waterside location.

Devon Railway Centre (Tiverton): Fun for all the family, the Devon Railway Centre, in the Exe Valley, forms part of the restored Great Western Railway. The railway museum and exhibition centre are well worth a visit.

Museum of Barnstaple and North Devon (Barnstaple): The museum encapsulates North Devonís social and natural history, dating back to 1845 and provides a unique insight into the archaeology and pottery industry of North Devon.

Powderham Castle (Exeter): This is definitely a day out for all the family. Powderham Castle, the family seat of the Earl of Devon, is open to the public with guided tours of the impressive staterooms and Castle grounds. The kids will love the children's secret garden and miniature steam railway.

Tarka trail: For an invigorating day out, in the great outdoors, head for the Tarka Trail, which consists of more than 180 miles of winding paths through rural Devon countryside. The trail is suitable for both walkers and cyclists.

South Molton: For visitors in search of the elegance and grandeur of former times, South Molton is sure to please. Famous for its period Georgian architecture, South Molton oozes charm, with its fine churches and museum, its antique shops and stalls selling local produce.

Exeter: The cathedral city of Exeter (and university town) has so much to offer: historic sites dating back to Roman times, as well a modern day cosmopolitan atmosphere, shops, pubs and restaurants and a wide range of attractive accommodation. Visit the Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery, Exeter, with its display galleries that take visitors on a trip through history to modern day Exeter and further afield.

With its winning formula of beautiful countryside, glorious beaches, picturesque seaside resorts, historic towns and so much to do that appeals to all the family, Devon has, indeed, got the lot.

So, what are you waiting for? Get online and book yourself a break, in Devon, before the high-season tourists beat you to it!


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