Archive for November, 2009

Top 10 Devon Holiday Ideas

Devon’s one of the UK’s hottest holiday destinations.  If you’re looking to discover the county then here are ten Devon holiday ideas generated by locals who spend most of their working life travelling around South West England.  The county has two National Parks and five AONBs or Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.  Most holidaymakers flock to these areas but there’s also the English Riviera, two exceptional cities and one of our favourite coastal towns in the UK:

1. The South Devon AONB

2. The North Devon AONB

3. Dartmoor National Park

4. Exmoor National Park

5. The East Devon AONB

6. The Tamar Valley AONB

7. Exeter

8. Plymouth

9. The English Riviera

10. Dartmouth

If you want to explore other options, there a hundreds of things to do and additional Top 10 lists on PictureTheUK.

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UK holiday ideas

More people are choosing to explore and holiday in the UK so if you’re on the lookout for inspiration then we’ve created a list of ten UK destinations for your summer holiday or short break.

Each idea comes with a link that provides top ten recommendations for destinations and attractions.  Lots of pretty pictures as well to get your imagination going!

1. Northumberland – its coast is as good as any in the UK.  There’s a National Park, an AONB, some of the finest castles around and some unique goodies such as Holy Island and Cragside House. 

2. Cornwall – an obvious destination but we’d suggest you head down there out of season. 

3. Gwynedd – for Snowdonia National Park, mostly.  Try the Lleyn Peninsula as well for some cracking beaches.  The area’s got some world class castles, too.

4. South Devon AONB – if you’ve never been to Salcombe or Dartmouth then you should.  Click the link to find out why!

5. London – home to some of the finest culture in the world and a joy to walk around.  If you’ve never experienced the capital as a tourist, we thoroughly recommend it.

6. Somerset – if you’ve been thinking of heading to the West Country then click the link and have a look at all the amazing places to visit and things to do in Somerset.  Not as obvious as Cornwall, Devon or Dorset but guarantees a great break.

7. Hampshire – we’d holiday there for Portsmouth alone but throw in Winchester and the New Forest National Park and you’re on to a winner.

8. East Sussex – home to the newly designated South Downs National Park.  Seen the iconic images of England’s white cliffs?  They’re here at Seven Sisters and Beachy Head.  Spectacular.

9. Wiltshire – an amazing place that too few visit.   Stonehenge and Avebury World Heritage Site, a collection of some of the finest country houses in the UK, exceptional villages.

10. Dorset – go for the Jurassic Coast alone!

There are plenty more recommendations on www.picturetheuk.com inlcuding thousands of things to do.  So start discovering the UK today!

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Holiday in South Devon

This weekend, I was asked to recommend a place to holiday in South Devon.  A cottage for two.  The area should be quiet-ish, ie not dead, with a few places to eat, plenty of walking and the odd trip to an attraction.  This blog post is aimed at that person specifically, but should help anyone aiming to holiday in South Devon.

The area you’re looking at is a combination of the South Devon Area of Oustanding Natural Beauty and The English Riviera and runs from Plymouth anticlockwise along the coast to Babbacombe.  The South Devon and English Riviera links contain plenty of recommendations to choose from, but I’d point you to one of these places …

Depends on your idea of quiet-ish, but I’d head to either Dartmouth or Salcombe.  There’s loads to do in both places and they’re both geared for eating, drinking and walking.  Dartmouth is the bigger of the two but you can’t really go wrong with either.  The South West Coast Path provides the most obvious hiking but if you’re in need of fresh air, do head out on the water as well even if it’s only on one the water taxis.

If your version of quiet is very quiet, then perhaps try Torcross or the Bigbury-on-Sea area.

As for the cottages, there’s a link on all those pages to a local supplier who, in our estimation, has the best selection of local properties.

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