DEVON

Practical Caravan - - Travel Regional Round Up -

Did you know that the English Riviera has been a UNESCO Global Geop­ark for the past 10 years? Tor­bay re­ceived in­ter­na­tional recog­ni­tion for its ge­o­log­i­cal, his­tor­i­cal and cul­tural her­itage. The area has wel­comed tourists for cen­turies, drawn by the beauty of the area stretch­ing from Torquay to Brix­ham – the lat­ter has a life-size replica of the Golden Hind. Torquay was also the home of the world’s most widely read crime writer, Agatha Christie, and it cel­e­brates the con­nec­tion with an an­nual fes­ti­val in Septem­ber and tours. Far­ther around the coast is Sal­combe, voted Britain’s favourite sea­side re­sort in 2017 and, un­sur­pris­ingly, a busy lit­tle place. It’s on the Kings­bridge Es­tu­ary and of­fers su­perb beaches, great pubs and restau­rants, and even a cas­tle. Far­ther still is Big­bury-on-sea, with its vast, sandy beach per­fect for wind- and kite-surf­ing. De­pend­ing on the tide, walk or take the sea trac­tor to Burgh Is­land and ad­mire the Art Deco ho­tel, which might have been a favourite haunt of Christie’s de­tec­tive, Her­cule Poirot. While Devon’s south coast is known for its sandy beaches, the north coast is an al­to­gether wilder af­fair, where the cliffs drop straight into the sea, but you’ll find huge stretches of sand at Woola­combe and Saun­ton and a fan­tas­tic dune sys­tem at Northam Bur­rows Coun­try Park. Fol­low the South West Coast Path around the Hart­land penin­sula, an Area of Out­stand­ing Nat­u­ral Beauty with won­der­ful coves, beaches and wa­ter­falls, and from where you can spot seals, dol­phins and puffins – and don’t miss the traf­ficfree fish­ing vil­lage of Clovelly, with its cob­bles.

Moors and tors

In­land you have the moor­lands of Dart­moor Na­tional Park, punc­tu­ated by gran­ite tors and wooded val­leys, not for­get­ting the ponies. Drive, cy­cle or walk the moors, but stop at the vis­i­tor cen­tre, the minia­ture pony cen­tre, the ot­ter sanctuary, Buck­land Abbey and Cas­tle Drogo. Devon’s in­te­rior also in­cludes the Cold­har­bour Mill Work­ing Wool Mu­seum and Coun­try Park, Tiver­ton and Bick­leigh Cas­tles. For a dose of city life, choose be­tween Ex­eter, with its Gothic cathe­dral and quay­side full of great eater­ies, and Ply­mouth, a port rich in mar­itime her­itage and still ac­tive with the com­ings and go­ings of naval ves­sels. Visit the Hoe and the Bar­bican for restau­rants and cafés.

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CLOCK­WISE FROM LEFT Ply­mouth Sound Car­a­van and Mo­torhome Club site is well lo­cated for ex­plor­ing the city. Pic­turesque Clovelly. Dart­moor has some fab­u­lous walks

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