Devon offers freedom. Its rippling, beach-fringed landscape is studded with historic homes, vibrant cities and wild, wild moors. So here you can ditch schedules and to-do lists and hike a rugged coast path, take a scenic boat trip, or get lost in hedge-lined lanes that aren't even on your map. Discover collegiate Exeter, touristy Torquay, yachting haven Dartmouth and alternative Totnes. Or escape to wilderness Dartmoor and the remote, surf-dashed north coast. Sample wine made from the vines beside you and food that's fresh from field, furrow or sea. Go surfing, cycling, kayaking, horse-riding, sea-swimming and barefoot beachcombing. Heading to Devon? Then prepare for freedom and sandy feet.
Is this the UK's best food destination?
Working on the second edition of Lonely Planet's guide to Devon, Cornwall and Southwest England, my co-author Belinda Dixon and I were lucky enough to sample some of the finest foodie experiences that the southwest ha...
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Well heeled and comfortable, Exeter exudes evidence of its centuries-old role as the spiritual and administrative heart of Devon. The city's Gothic cathedral presides over pockets of cobbled streets; medieval and Georgian buildings, and fragments of the Roman city stretch out all around.
Mini guide to the south Devon coast
Looking for a nifty getaway? Torquay has been billed the 'English Riviera' thanks to its mild microclimate and exotic plants, but there's way more to Devon's coast than that...