Stay at home: South Devon

Head for South Devon and revel in its rolling green countryside, stunning beaches and irrepressible charm. From the dramatic beauty of Dartmouth to the pretty harbour of Brixham, itʼs easy to find a corner to suit your personalitySunday, August 14, 2016

By Pat Riddell

Why go

Simple answer, really: it's impossibly beautiful, rain or shine. There's something highly satisfying about its unspoilt countryside, breathtaking coastline, pretty fishing villages and hidden coves.

What to do

Swim, surf, sail, mooch, eat… Coastal hikes are pretty much compulsory — you can't come this far and miss out. Kids will love the rock pools, farm parks and steam trains while Dartmouth and Salcombe are salubrious seaside retreats.

Oyster Shack, Bigbury, Devon

Where to eat

The Gastrobus


Sloop Inn

in Bantham are both recommended, as is the

Oyster Shack

in Bigbury. Just round the coast, on the National Trust's South Milton Sands, is the

Beach House

, one of the best spots for brunch.

Where to stay

The self-catering cottages at

Dartmouth Golf & Country Club

are ideal, while boutique hotels such as

Soar Mill Cove


Dart Marina Hotel


South Sands Hotel

are popular.

The Grade II-listed Boat Float at Dart Harbour, Dartmouth, Devon. Image: Visit England

Don't miss

Dartmouth. One of the most picturesque settings in the UK, it lies within the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

We like

Bantham is a quiet village, but it's home to sand dunes, vast expanses of beach (at low tide), a thriving surf community and a couple of excellent places to eat. On the other side of the estuary, Bigbury-on-Sea offers

a five-star hotel

and a 14th-century pub, the Pilchard Inn.


Published in the September 2016 issue of National Geographic Traveller (UK)

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