While many Brits are grumbling about the increasing cold and rain as Autumn sets in, it’s easy to forget how much beauty we have in the great holiday destinations right on our doorstep. In praise of staycations, we’ll be giving you a guide to the best things to see and do down in Devon. Historically known for hills, mining, and beaches, this corner of south west England offers something for every age and budget – choose your accommodation from the fantastic range at The Hotel Partnership and get ready for some sightseeing.
Dartmoor National Park
Brimming with natural beauty, Dartmoor National Park is ideal for both a relaxing picnic or an energetic hike or cycle for sportier visitors. The landscape is incredibly dramatic, with beautiful rolling hills, flowered moors, and bright blue lakes and rivers, so it’s perfect for a day of walking, horse-riding, rock-climbing on the granite, or even kayaking in the winter months. This park also provided the setting for Sherlock Holmes’ adventure in ‘Hound of the Baskervilles’, where you can unleash your inner detective with the letterboxing challenges on offer.
Plymouth Gin Distillery
The perfect reward if you’ve been doing plenty of hiking, a visit to the Gin Distillery is a fun-filled education on the history of Plymouth. Originating in 1793, Plymouth Gin has traditionally been a firm favourite overseas and its popularity among the Royal Navy pulled its reputation from the gutter to the more refined in the 19th century. There are three different tours available, ranging from the beginner’s level to the master brewer’s – and all include a free drink in the onsite medieval bar.
Step back in time as you visit the Barbican, a 16th century street now home to many pubs, restaurants, and shops. Situated on the coast of Plymouth, this area is home to many historic ports and has many sites of interest associated with the navy. Hotspots include the Mayflower Steps, where the Mayflower ship brought the first wave of colonial settlers to America, and the Elizabethan house, designed to recreate the home of a 16th century sea captain.
Incredibly unique, Tunnels Beaches is a stretch of beaches accessible through a series of remarkable man-made tunnels. Carved in the 1820s by hand, these tunnels and the tidal pool were the highlight of a visit to Victorian Ilfracombe, with a museum now opened to exhibit Victorian swimsuits.