Elsie & Fleur

Cornwall looks likely to have a wonderful tourist season this year boosted by the BBC’s recent Poldark series, and rightly so, but if you can’t get into Kernow, how about stopping off in Devon instead?

Devon has some stunning coastline and beaches, historic market towns, woodlands, rivers, path and cycle ways. Here’s our pick of some of the best activities on offer and where to go to find them.

Horse riding

East Portlemouth and East Prawle Riding Route

Ride through the creeks and contours and along green lanes and quiet country roads of this South Devon riding route between East Portlemouth and East Prawle. The 12 mile circular riding route covers quiet country lanes, green lanes and bridleways and on route, riders can expect to encounter wildlife, beaches, and local history.

Cycling

Simply the Bike – Torquay

Explore the great English Riviera by hiring a bike. Be it a gentle cycle ride, woodland trails or cycling along the coast with views of Tor Bay, ‘Simply the Bike’ in Torquay offers a range of different sizes and styles of bike to accommodate all needs and experience levels. Take on the sea breeze and enjoy an active day of pedal powered site seeing with one of the town's sea front cycle routes. Half day adult bike hire is from £11.

Climbing

The Quay Climbing Centre

The Quay Climbing Centre is the South West’s largest indoor climbing wall. Located in the heart of Exeter’s Quayside in the Old Electricity Building, indoor climbing is the perfect all weather activity and is within walking distance of the city centre and quayside. Offering taster sessions, instructors will guide beginners and novices through the basics of climbing in a dedicated instruction zone. For more experienced climbers there are routes for all levels on the top roped and lead walls which range from seven to 14 metres high. Taster sessions from £12.50 for an hour session – open to anyone aged seven and above.

For further information: www.visitdevon.co.uk.

Check our next blog for more ideas on what to do if you’re coming to Devon on holiday this year.

Written by Sarah Johnstone — May 14, 2015

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