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THE DEVON HANDBOOK

Our handbook is full of great ideas on things to see and places to go.

How Devon inspired Harry Potter

J. K. Rowling spent a lot of time in Devon, studying in Exeter and exploring the surrounding countryside regularly. But did you know just how much of the area inspired her literary works - and how many Devon place names actually feature in the popular books and films? Our blog shines the spotlight on the wonderful Devon locations that feature in and provided inspiration for the wonderful book series.

The 10 most haunted locations in Devon 

Many people think of Devon and imagine white sandy beaches, luscious green meadows full of wildlife, and warm, friendly pubs where the locals welcome you like one of their own… but this county has a dark side. Scary tales and ghost stories abound in this beautiful part of the South West – legends that would frighten even the bravest traveller. Here, we reveal 10 of the most haunted places in Devon.

A local's guide to Croyde

The surfing hotspot of Croyde, nestled on the North Devon coast, is one of the UK's most popular holiday destinations. With three beaches backed by rugged cliffs and rolling hills, this friendly village is the perfect location for a family summer holiday or for quiet couples getaways. Our local's guide explains all about this lovely location.

15 hidden North Devon beaches

North Devon’s coast showcases striking scenery from towering cliffs to broad swathes of golden sand. Surfers and holidaymakers flock to the popular beaches of Croyde, Woolacombe and Westward Ho!, but peppered between these well-known destinations are some secret gems waiting to be discovered. We reveal the beaches where you can escape the crowds and soak up the scenery in sublime serenity.

A local’s guide to Combe Martin

Combe Martin, nestled on the North Devon coast on the edge of Exmoor, is one of Devon’s hidden gems. Often overlooked by holidaymakers heading for the beach resorts of Croyde and Woolacombe, the village has retained its rural charm and friendly atmosphere. Holidays here range from relaxing romantic retreats to active family breaks - and our local's guide explains all about the lovely location.

Woolacombe: A perfect holiday location

Thrill-seekers, families young and old and foodies will all absolutely adore a holiday to the coastal resort of Woolacombe in North Devon. The village has plenty of things to see and do, including modern bars, top-class eateries and, of course, the award-winning beach, where adrenalin-junkies can enjoy a spot of surfing. Our guide explains why a Woolacombe holiday park could be perfect for you.

Top walking holidays in Devon

Devon is one of the best spots to experience an exhilarating walking holiday in the UK. It’s no surprise it’s known as a walker’s paradise, as this captivating location displays some of the finest scenery in not only the South West but the UK as a whole. With so many walks to choose from, we have selected some fantastic routes in Devon to give you a sample of the walking experiences on offer.

Dog-friendly beaches in Devon

Here at Stay In Devon, we love the beaches that our wonderful county boasts. We also love the fact that our four-legged friends get to enjoy them too during a dog-friendly holiday in Devon! To make it easy for you to find the perfect stretch for a pootle with your pooch, we've compiled a list of our top 20 dog-friendly beaches in Devon - including award-winning and Blue Flag beaches.

Things to do in Devon

There are so many things to do in Devon that you’ll be spoilt for choice wherever you choose to base yourself during your holiday. From great outdoor activities to days out for the entire family, there are plenty of things to do in Devon.

Top five things to do in Plymouth

Head to the south coast to enjoy the sights of one of Devon's larger cities, Plymouth. From historic Hoes, to a City Centre where you can shop 'til you drop, there's plenty of interesting areas to visit which will keep the whole family entertained. To help you determine just what you should enjoy on your trip to the city, we've created a list of fantastic things to do in Plymouth.

10 best Devon locations to photograph

We all do it – we see a beautiful piece of countryside or coast and think: “I've got to take a photo of this.” Whether we're uploading to our Instagram accounts, saving it to Facebook or simply keeping it to show friends and family exactly where we spent our time, we're all guilty of a snap or two! And when it comes to beautiful areas, there aren't many more picturesque than Devon.

Get back to nature on Dartmoor

A National Park, Dartmoor features mile-upon-mile of rugged terrain, open spaces and wild flora and fauna, and it’s these unique surroundings that have inspired so many and ensure its visitors are willing to return year after year. With so much natural beauty to encounter, many choose to explore the area by foot, bike or even on horseback, with a huge number of trails and routes at your disposal.
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