Devon has been a popular UK holiday destination for decades and it is not hard to see why. As the only county in England with two separate coastlines there are miles of beautiful beaches to explore and sandwiched in-between the coasts is some of the most tranquil countryside and dramatic moorland to be found anywhere in the UK. Self-catering holidays can be enjoyed at any time of year and with the huge selection of Devon holiday cottages by Blue Chip you will be spoilt for choice. With a wide range of high quality four- and five-star properties to choose from, you can be sure that Blue Chip will have the perfect Devon holiday cottage for you. They select properties in the best locations with fantastic sea, river and country views so the hardest decision is which one to book! Devon has something to offer everyone, and the huge range of things to see and do is part of the appeal of this peaceful corner of the South West. Here are just a few of the highlights to help you with your holiday planning…
Dartmoor National Park
Dartmoor National Park spreads across 368 square miles which makes it the same size as London! A complete escape from modern life, the wilds of Dartmoor are dotted with granite tors and heather covered hillsides which make it a favourite with walkers of all abilities. Do not miss the famous Dartmoor ponies which roam on the moor all year round and graze peacefully by the side of the road as you pass.
Surfing and water sports in general are a huge part of Devon life, and there are plenty of surf schools for those who fancy a go at riding the waves. Croyde and Saunton in North Devon are among the most popular surfing beaches and with 12 of Devon’s beaches holding the coveted Blue Flag award you can enjoy some of the cleanest beaches in the country.
Devon is steeped in history with gems such as the old fishing village of Clovelly, inspiration for Charles Kingsley’s Water Babies. Situated in a cleft on a 400’ high cliff, Clovelly’s cobbled high street is a scene from times gone by with its’ whitewashed cottages and donkeys which still carry goods up the hill. Lyme Regis, a pretty seaside town in East Devon sits on the Jurassic Coast which is England’s first natural World Heritage Site. The rocks in this area record 185 million years of the Earth’s history and there are guided fossil hunting walks where you can try and find your own piece of Earth’s history.
In addition to its’ stunning scenery Devon has established itself as a gastronomic hotspot over the last few years. The clean, temperate waters offer some of the best fish and seafood in the UK, and the lush fertile soil produces vegetables of the highest quality as well as providing excellent nutrition for grazing animals. Many Devon restaurants pride themselves on serving the finest local produce and have won numerous awards in the process. Combined with the traditional favourites such as ice cream, clotted cream and cider your taste buds will be well and truly spoilt during your holiday!