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Devon is unfairly blessed with two coasts bounded by the British Channel to the north and the English Channel to the south. The south brims with seaside resorts, the north with equally charming summer escapes bordered by moorland, and the middle with natural parks crisscrossed by sinuous and well-stocked rivers.
Devon’s southwest coast is one of sunniest and persistently popular resorts in England since the Victorian era. Pastel coloured ocean-view houses, a fleet of yachts in the harbour, a dozen of golden sand beaches, and an impressive roster of well-furnished hotels in Devon, England have all made Torbay in Southwest Devon the English Riviera.
Ilfracombe, on the British Channel-facing coast, has long been a choice seaside resort from as far back as the Iron Age. Hillsborough Hill and the cliffs that surround the harbour was a fortified settlement by the Dumnonii Celts whose name was the ancient source of the name ‘Devon.’
About 22 miles south is the UNESCO-designated North Devon Biosphere Reserve that stretches for 55 square miles from the coast inland. The reserve is a swath of sand dunes, culm grassland and broadleaved woodlands. Ilfracombe is part of its buffer zone.
Dartmoor National Park, Devon
Devon’s interior is what makes it all the more special among nature lovers who may want to experience a mix of outdoor adventures that combines beachcombing, kayaking, sailing and biking or hiking the hills blanketed by pastures and dotted with rural villages. At the centre of Devon lies the 368-square mile Dartmoor National Park. With a string of quaint guest houses or bed and breakfast in Devon, England located in Dartmoor, you can make it a base to explore another national park at Exmoor near the border of Somerset.
Birders would be delighted to know that Devon’s savannah and deep wooded valleys are a great place to spot a chirruping population of bird species, some of which are considered rare. There is also a thriving community of stoats, badgers, otters and foxes. The rivers that all converge at Dartmeet are excellent fishing spots for salmon and trout.
Historic Exeter in Devon
Another slice of historic Devon lies in the city of well-heeled Exeter rising on the estuary of the River Exe. The city’s proximity to water and fertile lands ensured Celtic inhabitants with secure food source, but it was Exeter’s role as the administrative and religious hub of Devon that gave it the architectural splendour the city is known for.
The almost-millennium old Exeter Cathedral, which looms over the city centre, and the equally ancient St. Nicholas Priory, are as postcard-worthy as they are historic. Then there are the 800-year-old Rougement Castle and 600-year-old Guildhall that continues to be the venue for various civic functions. Coupled with an abundance of stylish accommodation in Devon, England, top-shelf wining and dining scene, and a busy calendar for the artistic community, Exeter sits well with comfort-seeking holiday-makers who may want to make the city a base for an extended seaside vacation.