Devon, 19% more sunshine!
Generally, Devon is 2 degrees warmer than the rest of UK and has 19% more sunshine hours – Met Office stats! But it’s not just the warm climate, sunshine, Devon Cream Teas and Cider that brings people to holiday in Devon each year. Devon is pretty unique and a very special place to visit.
On the South Devon coast there are seaside resorts, such as The English Riviera, with award winning beaches, piers, amusements, even palm trees! In between these resorts there are a multitude of picturesque coves to enjoy away from the crowds – some are not that easy to get to but that’s a good excuse for a boat trip.
In contrast, the North Devon coast has wide windswept beaches with choppier waters that draw surfers and thrill seekers. Either coast offers a variety of coastal walks and an array of water sports and activities ranging from angling to coasteering.
Devon also has 2 National Parks: Dartmoor and its smaller seaside sister Exmoor. They provide amazing walks with breath-taking scenery along with an abundance of outdoor activities such as horse riding, kayaking and rock climbing to name but a few. In addition to iconic granite tors, wooded valleys, amazing views, you’ll find ancient sites, clapper bridges, stone circles, picturesque villages and, best of all, great country pubs serving good food with a warm welcome.
Devon is full of history, steeped in folklore and awash with legends to entertain the children. Some are well known such as Devonian Sir Francis Drake refusing to tackle the Spanish Armada until he finished his game of bowls on Plymouth Hoe. Whereas Smuggler stories, pirate Yarns and Dartmoor tales of pixies, ghosts, witchcraft, the devil and strange happenings have been passed down through the generations and readily shared.
If this isn’t enough, Devon has an ample supply of award winning Family Friendly visitor attractions catering for all weathers. Adventure parks, farm attractions, miniature pony and donkey sanctuaries are loved by kids of all ages as of course are steam train journeys. There is also a bounty of beautiful castles, historic cathedrals and stunning gardens.
And of course, holidaying in Devon means you have easy access to Cornwall! Pop to Polperro for the day or drop by Rick Stein’s pad in Padstow for a fish and chip supper.
Devon really does provide visitors with a wide range of options, from lazy days on the beach, reminiscent steam train journeys, stunning moorland scenery and top quality visitor attractions.