South Devon is a beautiful part of England that feels like a million miles away from everyday life. It’s calming and a beautiful area to explore. Wandering what to do in South Devon? This is what I got up to during my stay.
How to Fill Your Days Out in South Devon
1. Explore the Beaches
Each small beach or cove has its own identity. Hope Cove is popular with cute dogs, Salcombe with surfers and paddle boarders, whilst Blackpool Sands is a hit with Sunday strollers.
Go Surfing and Paddle Boarding
Salcombe is the perfect beach to try some watersports. It’s a small, wide cove and there are plenty of others out on the water. There’s a beachside café to warm up in afterwards or for those who prefer to watch (like me).
No trip to the coast would be complete without a spot of stone skimming. Blackpool Sands and Hope Cove are perfect spots.
You can easily explore many of the beaches in one weekend, though for a more enjoyable time I’d suggest spreading your visits over three days.
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2. Go Wine Tasting
The Sharpham Estate is an unexpected gem overlooking the River Dart. The grounds are absolutely gorgeous. It’s worth a visit just for the drive in.
The vineyards have been producing wine for over twenty years to locals and even internationally.
Arrive before 2pm to take part in some wine tasting, either via a tour or a self guided visit. You’re welcome to walk across the fields to see the vineyards, or you can simply enjoy a glass (or two) at the seated area. The bubbles are highly recommended.
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3. Go Shopping at Dartington
‘The Shops at Dartington‘ are very cute. Set in wooden huts and stoned cottages, they’re spread on a hillside.
Head straight to the food shop for some tempting local products, like the alcohol, fudge and cakes, as well as some more worldly tastes like the coffees.
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5. Go Cheese Tasting
Whilst you can taste some really good cheeses at Dartington, go to Sharpham for a real foodie experience.
You can see the creamery and dairy farm in action, learning all about the hand-produced methods.
If you haven’t the time or interest to be educated, simply opt for a bit of cheese tasting here. It’s a good excuse to try some of the wines too.
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6. Eat Fish n Chips
What’s more English than fish n chips at the seaside?! If you want to escape the blustery winds head inside to The Venus Café at Blackpool Sands, where you can enjoy a tasty meal underneath a canopy of bunting and twinkling lights, or out on the slightly shielded terrace.
Just be warned that the chips are the skinny fries kind. The fresh fish more than makes up for this slight error though.
Where to Stay in South Devon
I’d highly recommend basing yourself at the best luxury hotel in South Devon – Glazebrook House Hotel. If you don’t stay there, consider visiting for dinner one night. It’s lovely.
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