South Devon

A winter walk in South Devon is a great chance to see the region’s beauty in a whole new way. The Middle Dart Valley walk is a good option in all weathers and starts and ends in the medieval town of Totnes.

  Culture and heritage

South Devon is a wonderful getaway – perfect for a relaxing retreat, an action-packed adventure or a fun-filled family holiday. You’ll love the beautiful beaches, rugged coastlines and the wilderness of places like Dartmoor National Park, as well as the historic buildings, museums and gardens of the stunning market towns.


Coleton Fishacre is a stunning 1920s country retreat, or visit Buckfast Butterfly Farm and Dartmoor Otter Sanctuary. Meet a huge range of farm animals at Pennywell Farm. The stunning Powderham Castle, just outside Exeter, boasts a deer park. For a fun day out, book tickets at any GWR station for a trip aboard a South Devon Railway steam train.

Visit ancient monuments and churches.

Enjoy the stunning landscape of South Devon.

  Food and drink

South Devon is blessed with some fantastic restaurants, cafés, pubs and lively food festivals, making it the perfect place for anyone with a love of grub. Try the tasty local produce and superb seafood and don’t miss enjoying a Devonshire Cream Tea – with cream on the scone then jam, unlike in Cornwall where it’s jam first.

  Sport and outdoors

If you love sport and the great outdoors, you’re spoilt for choice in South Devon. Hop on a bike and ride the coastal paths, paddle a canoe along its estuaries or pull on your walking boots and explore the area’s stunning landscape. And, with miles of stunning beaches, it’s a wonderful place for watersports.

  Music and nightlife

There’s no shortage of live music on offer across the region, from local acts performing in pubs – try The Victoria Inn if you're in Salcombe – to events like the Jazz and Ale Festival in Plymouth. And for a cultural night out, be sure to see what’s on at Buckfast Abbey’s open air theatre.


Enjoying a shopping experience that’s a refreshing change from the norm is easy in South Devon. The region is packed with quirky, independent stores, with Dartmouth and Totnes among the most popular places to visit. For
big-name retailers, Exeter and Plymouth are your best bet.

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You can take your bike with you on the train if you have made a reservation.

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