Devon is a county in south west England and is also known as Devonshire. It is located between the Bristol Channel and the English Channel. It shares its borders with Cornwall in the West and Somerset and Dorset in the East. Another very interesting fact is that Devon is also a breed of red dual-purpose cattle and is named after this county where it was originally developed. The beautiful sunny county is well connected via road, rail and air for easy travel to, from and within Devon.
The Paddington line and Waterloo line are the two main lines that serve this county from all over the country and Tiverton, Exeter St. Davids and Plymouth are the main stations. These stations are also stops for buses and coaches that arrive from different parts of the Kingdom. The Exeter International Airport connects major hubs like Amsterdam, Paris, Dublin, Geneva, Brest, Dubrovnik, Faro and Salzburg to Devon.
Tourism at Devon
There are lots of activities for every type of traveler or tourist. For leisure travelers, there are the traditional fishing villages, unspoiled landscapes for leisure walks, sandy beaches with spa facilities, histrionic sites to explore, etc. Natural playground with miles of footpath and cycle routes like the famous walking from epic hikes on Dartmoor to gently winding coastal paths are a great way to unwind in this perfect location. A ride on Seaton Tram along the Axe Valley or a steam train down the River Dart from Buckfastleigh to Totnes shall be very enjoyable for children. The fishing trips are accompanied by fishing tutorials by qualified instructors for newbies and deep sea angling for the experienced anglers. The Devon’s coastline is the perfect spot for catching dogfish or bass and the lodges have a well reserved stock of carp, rudd, tench and ghosties. It has UK’s largest aquarium which has a variety of aquatic animals never seen in one place.
Water Sports at Devon
For the more adventurous guests, Devon offers 250 miles of coastline with every imaginable water sports available at stunning locations. River Dart Adventure center and the rope challenge at Go ape are a must try. The rising to the uplands of Exmoor and Dartmoor, with wooded river valleys and a rugged coastline are great for surfing all the year round. With the wind and waves always in favor of the divers skateboarding, waterskiing, windsurfing and kite-surfing can be tried at any time. Again there are guides and professional instructors to help and even teach the tricks of these crazy sports. Apart from sailing, canoeing and boating, diving is another adventure which attracts most tourists. Devon offers a treasure trove of wrecks and reefs and also boasts of the first Europe’s artificial reef.
Devon, the third largest county in England, has two national parks, well maintained garden and fields, historic towns with rich heritage, variety of attraction, shops, restaurants and bars. There is always a festive atmosphere in Devon as some event or the other keeps taking place all the year round. Ilfracombe Victorian week, Tavistock Music & Arts Festival are a few ongoing events. Worm charming, pot walloping and tar barrels are a few weird and unique events held here. The famous director Steven Spielberg filmed a movie on Dartmoor. Museum of British Surfing, showcasing the history of UK surfing has recently opened in North Devon.
This is the best tourist destination for enjoying the very best of land and sea at the same time.