Mid Devon – Missed out?
South Devon draws in the sailing community with its popular coastline and enduring favourites such as Dartmouth and Salcombe, North Devon draws in the watersports enthusiasts with its long sandy surfing beaches and East Devon thrives on the allure of the stunning Jurassic Coast and tumbling pebble beaches. Mid-Devon, however, has something entirely different to offer; peace and tranquility away from the madding crowd.
Even in the height of a glorious summer you will find quiet lanes buzzing only with wildlife and wildflowers, be the only ones at some of the secretive riverside picnic spots or the sole wanderers along the many ‘off the beaten track’ Forestry Commission woodland trails.
This does not mean for a minute that there is nothing else to do!
For culture, the scenic Tarka Trainline takes you village-hopping into the heart of the Cathedral City of Exeter, with its celebration of cafe culture as well as its history.
For unspoilt wildness, Dartmoor and Exmoor frame the area with space that is nothing short of therapeutic.
For history, visit Knightshayes Court, Bickleigh Castle or Fursdon House.
For shopping for those essential part-of-the-holiday treats, South Molton has a weekly pannier market as well as boutiques and antiques shops.
For village pubs with heart and character (and wonderful Sunday lunches) try The Lamb at Sandford, The Waie Inn at Zeal Monochorom – which is great if you have children as it has a fabulous indoor and outdoor play area - or the historic thatched New Inn at Coleford.
Farm shops and farmers' markets will give you a real taste of this truly rural and unspoilt (sometimes bypassed) part of Devon. Ancient farmsteads and tiny hamlets with magical names – Cheriton Fitzpaine, Stockleigh English, Morchard Bishop, Stockleigh Pomeroy sounding like ancient varieties of fruits – rich red soil and ruby red cattle in the green fields, all celebrate this beautiful farming landscape.