Devon England has two dramatically different coastal areas. The North Coast is a bit wilder as it faces the Atlantic Ocean. The South Coast a bit tamer as it faces the English Channel. People have been drawn to Devon because it has two National Parks & 2 World Heritages Sites, plus 450 miles of beaches. There are plenty of Devon destinations to explore in this area.

Winding along the coastal area is the Southwest Coastal Path that stretches for 630 miles and passes through Devon, Somerset and Cornwall. The Southwest Coastal Path was originally used by the Coast Guard when they patrolled the coast looking for smugglers. Today the Coastal Path is a historic footpath that is a popular hiking trail along the Devonshire Coast.

Family Destinations for Devon vacations

Ideas for Devon vacations

Geography of Devon England

Devon vacation destinations are located on the peninsula that stretches out from the southwestern part of the mainland of England and points towards the Atlantic Ocean with a southern border along the English Channel. It is an area known for its coastline, quaint villages and has the nickname of being the English Riviera. Within Devon England are two major park systems, Exmoor National Park and Dartmoor National Park. Devon is also very proud of their beautiful coastal landscape and have dedicated 65% of the coastline for protection under the Heritage Coast Program; which is part of Britain's National Trust. The southern coast of Devon England also has the nickname of the Jurassic Coast, full of sandstone and limestone that has been whittled down over the ages by the ocean that lies between Devon and Dorset. A popular activity is to hike the "South West Coast Path" which follows the coastline of Devon. It was originally a path used by the Coastguards who walked the coastal paths and patrolled the area for smugglers until 1856. It was necessary to patrol the coastal area as many of the towns; Ilfracombe, Sidemouth, Branscombe and Barnstaple, were known for their smuggling activities. Though today it is doubtful that you will find many pirates still hanging about. Exeter is the county town.

Culture of Devon Destinations

Notable writers have been drawn to Devonshire because of its charming scenery and quaint villages. Agatha Christi's house "Greenway" which is located on the River Dart is the location where she wrote "Hercule Poirot Mysteries" while staying on the island. Flora Thompson lived here while she wrote "Lark Rise to Candleford Trilogy". And Wordsworth and Coleridge wrote "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner" while staying in the area.

Landmarks of Devon Destinations

Some things to do while enjoying Devon family vacations :

*Stop in and visit the beautiful gardens found at "The National Trust garden of Coleton Fishacre"

*Watch the surfers along Bideford Bay at the beaches of Woolacombe, Croyde, Staunton and Westward Ho

*Explore the Dartmoor National Park

*Visit Lundy Island; England's only statutory Marine Nature Reserve.

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