Go slow in Devon

Dartmoor ponies © Tony Brindley, ShutterstockDartmoor ponies © Tony Brindley, Shutterstock

Devon is the perfect county for going slow: two coast lines indented with sheltered coves and accessed by the South West Coast Path, rolling countryside, thatched cottages clustered round centuries-old churches and the village pub, and of course cream teas and fresh seafood. Although all of the three Slow Devon guides share these attractions, each is distinctive in its own special way.  South Devon is the best known region, with the English Riviera attracting visitors to the sandy beaches and elegant hotels of Torquay since Victorian times, while Salcombe, in the South Hams, appeals to the sailing enthusiasts. But this guide reveals lesser known places where you can escape the crowds and Dartmoor, England’s last great wilderness, where you might not come across another soul all day.

The more adventurous head north to the wild coast and rugged walks around Hartland Point, and to Exmoor, one of England’s least crowded and most beautiful national parks, purple with heather in the summer. Lynton and Lynmouth are the honeypots here; it’s not surprising that the poet Shelley made his home here.  Then there’s uncrowded East Devon, with its pebble beaches, cliff walks, the world-famous Donkey Sanctuary and its newest attraction, Seaton Jurassic. 

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