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.
That's why we've come up with 10 of our favourite places to photograph in the region (and when best to capture your snaps); from cliff-hugging villages, to rugged cliffs, via sensational cityscapes.
This wonderful stretch of coast covers parts of East Devon and Dorset. Although some of the most picturesque points, like Durdle Door, are found in Dorset, there are still parts of the East Devon coast which look akin to something you'd find in the Mediterranean. Take Beer (also seen at the top of the page), for example; the seaside town in East Devon is beautiful all year round – but this picture taken in spring really showcases the rugged beauty.
Valley of Rocks
No, this isn't New Zealand – this is the Valley of Rocks found on the northernmost part of Devon. It lies just outside Lynton and Lynmouth in North Devon, two locations which are linked by a Victorian cliff railway and are also well worth a visit. Visit in the summer to catch magical sunsets, with lush green fields surrounding you on all sides and feral goats happy to see you too.
Devon is home to two moors - Exmoor and Dartmoor – and they both have characteristic charms which discern themselves from each other. Exmoor, shared with Somerset, is full of wild beauty, with moorland stretching further than the naked eye can see accompanied by coastal cliffs, castles, waterfalls, rivers, woodland, the South West Coast Path and more. It's utterly stunning in the autumn when red and orange hues fill the fields.
A little further south you'll find the second moor, Dartmoor. Wild, open moorlands make way to deep river valleys on this cast land still grazed by rare, native Dartmoor Ponies. The area is home to the largest area of granite in Britain, while its Tors are the subject of many photographs throughout the year. Although you'd need to wrap up warm, the winter is a wonderful time to get a stunning photo of the area, with frost and sometimes snow allow a gorgeous glint to imagery.
There aren't many villages like Clovelly; a cliff-hugging community with donkeys, a working harbour and many fascinating historical insights to boot. It's spectacular all year round, with its nautical-themed Christmas lights a sensation to behold, but it's the summer when you can really get out and explore its surrounding paths, waterfalls and coastline.
When the evenings get darker, Brixham illuminates the night sky. That's why the beautiful South Devon town is a wonderful place to visit in the winter months when days are shorter and the lights seem brighter. Much like Clovelly, their Christmas lights are wondrous to behold, with their kaleidoscopic twinkles dancing in the water, allowing a shimmering edge to your photos.
It's not all just countryside and coastline in Devon; there are some wonderful cities and towns which to capture some beautiful shots, too! Exeter, right in the heart of the county, has beautiful old-style streets, a gorgeous quay and gardens, but it's the cathedral which towers over the city centre. Visit in the springtime to enjoy a picnic in front of the cathedral on emerald green grass before taking your snaps.
Although we've mentioned plenty of coastal spots, we haven't mentioned a beach yet (slaps own wrist)! There are so many to choose from, it's hard to narrow it down to one location. However, Woolacombe on the north coast has miles of sand stretching all the way down to its neighbouring beach Putsborough, while the village is popular with holidaymakers all over the world. Late summer, with warm evenings and red sun, is a great time to take your snap.
Set on the western bank of the River Dart estuary is Dartmouth; one of South Devon's most popular and enchanting towns. Not only does the town have charming streets ladened with beautiful shopfronts, museums and art galleries, it's also surrounded by gorgeous countryside – perfect in the autumn when the light is lower and the lights shine that little bit brighter.
One of the most photographed locations in Devon – and it's no surprise why! The red-and-white-striped Smeaton's Tower, views of Plymouth Sound, Drake's Island, and across the Hamoaze to Mount Edgcumbe in Cornwall and the low limestone cliffs that form the seafront… you could end up with an album of images! It's a beauty in the summer when you can sit on the grass and enjoy an ice cream while eying up your perfect shot.
We hope we've inspired you to get out and about in Devon, visiting all of these beautiful places and finding your own hidden gems, too! Find somewhere to stay close by to all of these wonderful locations by visiting our pages dedicated to self-catering cottages, holiday parks, hotels and B&Bs.