The insider’s guide to Devon holiday cottages

The insider’s guide to Devon

When planning a holiday, there are only so many things TripAdvisor, Google Maps and clickbait created by giant corporate chains can tell you. What you really want is a local who’s been there, done that and got the T-shirt - and that’s where we come in.

Our insider’s guide to Devon is packed with top tips that only the locals will know because, well, we’re local! Our team have lived in, worked in and loved Devon for years, meaning we’re experts when it comes to all you need to know about our beloved county. So sit back and let us intrigue you with enthralling information, leading you to scrap your bucket list and write a whole new one dedicated to the delightful county of Devon.

Secret beaches:

secret beaches devon

Boasting two equally beautiful and alluring coastlines, there are plenty of wonderful beaches to visit during your holiday to Devon.

The north of the county is synonymous with world-class surf, popular events and fantastic holiday accommodation, so we all know about the Woolacombes, Croydes and Sauntons of this world - but what of the coves and inlets that no-one really tells you about?

We’ve come up with a guide to the secret beaches in North Devon, featuring hidden gems where you can enjoy solitude, serenity and Sri Lankan curry.

Dog-friendly Devon:

dog-friendly beaches devon

Speaking of the coast, there are many dog-friendly beaches to be found in both North and South Devon  - but, with so many to choose from, it’s not always easy to find out which beaches actually allow our four-legged friends to roam.

We’ve come up with a handy guide to 20 of the best dog-friendly beaches in Devon, explaining any restrictions that may be in place throughout the year.

However, not every dog owner is a fan of a beach walk, with some pups preferring the grass between their paws, rather than sand. That’s why we’ve created a list of 11 dog walks in Devon, including abandoned train lines, picture-perfect parks and fir-filled forests for furry, fun escapades.

Extreme sports:

devon surfing

Although Cornwall is probably better-known as a surfing destination, our wonderful county has its own hotspots too. North Devon is chockablock with quality resorts, while the south of the county also has some stretches of shoreline well worth a visit. Here are our top tips for the best places to surf in Devon, offering something for everyone: from amateurs hitting the waves for the first time to seasoned pros looking for their next challenge.


secret devon walks lynton and lynmouth valley of rocks

With two glorious coastlines, two wild moorlands and swathes of green countryside, Devon is one of the UK’s biggest counties - so it’s unsurprising it’s home to some of the most wonderful walks in the South West. While it’s not difficult to find somewhere beautiful to wander, there are some spectacular routes which are largely unknown. We’ve compiled a list of secret Devon walks, from coast paths to rural hikes, including some accessible options so nobody need miss out on the adventure.

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