Be it a coastal or countryside location, Devon is home to some of the finest sunset-watching spots in the UK. During the summer months, when this majestic show falls later in the day, you’ll have plenty of opportunity to watch the glowing ball sink behind the sea or hills. In fact, the sunsets are often so stunning that you’d hardly believe you were still in England – and if that’s not a good enough reason to book your next escape to Devon, check out our ultimate bucket list to find 30 others!
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A beautiful beach by day and by night, catching a sunset here after indulging on fish and chips is a real treat. Set up your beach towel, bring along the drink of your choice and get ready to gaze in awe at the changing colours of the sky as the sun sinks behind the sea.
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Emsworthy Rocks, Dartmoor
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The views at Emsworthy Rocks are spectacular from all directions, making this a picture-perfect spot for both sunrises and sunsets. It’s an easy location to access Dartmoor, with plenty of car parks for those not keen for a trek before sundown.
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Teignmouth Back Beach
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This charming beach is a tranquil haven and wonderful spot to see the changing colours of the sky. See boats bobbing atop the water and watch the world go by in the calm ripple of the water. For a special treat during the summer, take the passenger ferry across to the hidden gem of Shaldon Beach for a secret sunset which you might not have to share with many others.
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With nearly two miles of glorious golden sand that gently slopes toward the sea, it doesn’t matter how busy the beach may be, you'll still find a quiet spot to sit and contemplate life or take that perfect silhouette shot in the fading last light.
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Brixham Breakwater offers a pretty walk taking you around half a mile offshore. When glancing back you'll be rewarded with a unique view of the harbour and town. Experience stunning sights in calm, clear weather, or feel the theatre as dramatic waves smash over the breakwater during stormier weather; this is a superb spot all year round.
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Located in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, it’s no surprise that this has made the best sunset spots list. Take your pick from a panoramic view from one of the nearby benches, or a lower view from the sandy shore where you’ll be watching the magic over the rockpools and shimmering sea.
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There are so many fantastic sunset spots along the River Dart, and one of our favourites is where the river releases into the sea at Dartmouth. If you’re an avid kayaker or canoer, then a sunset paddle along this river should definitely be on your bucket list!
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Providing breathtaking panoramas at all times of day, Plymouth Hoe is undeniably beautiful; once the daylight sinks in the evening, it really comes to life. Settle down on the green lawn and treat yourself to an evening picnic to take in the full effect of its natural beauty.
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Now, if we’ve done our job, we’ll have convinced you that you need to visit Devon this summer, so why not take a look at our array of equally beautiful cottages in Devon for your next escape? Then, if you catch a beautiful sunset in the South West, join our Facebook photography group ‘The South West Through a Lens’ to share it with us!