Okehampton

Okehampton is a wonderful moor-centric town! It has a “vibrant” town centre with quaint shopping arcades, independent shops, supermarkets, cafes and tearooms. Its main claim to fame is the ruinous English Heritage castle  You can also shop for local goods at the Farmer’s Market which takes place every first and third Saturday of the month.

On the moors, you’re close to the Meldon Reservoir, High Willhays and Yes Tor.

Tavistock

 

I’m a big fan of Tavistock only 30 minutes drive through Dartmoor, its my home town. With its independent shops, Pannier Market and heritage buildings on the edge of the picturesque River Tavy. 

Don't forget to stop in at the waterfall at Lydford Gorge and Brentor with St Michael’s Church on the top,  giving a distinctive and famous silhouette on the Dartmoor skyline.

North Devon & Surfing

Heading north, you’ll find the North Devon World Surfing Reserve, which encompasses spots like Westward Ho!, Saunton Sands, Croyde and Woolacombe (once voted 13th best beach in the world). Charming villages like Clovelly and Appledore are dotted around the sparsely-populated region, along with larger harbour towns like the quaint Ilfracombe.

Torbay & Plymouth

Torquay, Paignton and Brixham, historically one of the UK’s most popular beach holiday destinations and nowadays a family-friendly spot that’s jam-packed with attractions. Or, visit smaller towns like Salcombe, Dartmouth and inland Totnes, before Plymouth, Devon’s biggest city.  Known as the UK’s Ocean City, Plymouth boasts fascinating maritime heritage and the oldest continuously operating gin distillery in the world!

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