Be Delighted by Devon

Travelling through Devon you are struck by the wide variety of scenery; dramatic coastal cliffs, wide sandy beaches, lush pastures and over 400 square miles of brooding mysterious moorland.

Visit the County town of Exeter, rich in history from the 1st century AD. There are Roman Walls, the first public garden in the country and a stunning cathedral. This has the longest fan vaulted ceiling in the country, a wonderful carving of an elephant with hooves!  Graffiti on the tombs dating back to the 1600s  and remember hickory dickery dock the mouse ran up the clock - well here is the clock.

For seaside towns and villages the largest is Plymouth where the Pilgrim Fathers set sail. Torquay is where Agatha Christie,the great mystery writer lived, Totnes has a fine Norman castle  and Dartmouth ancient narrow streets, castle and gardens.  Exmouth marks the start of the Jurassic Coast and Sidmouth is one of the lovely gateways to the Coast.

For a real change of scenery try Dartmoor and Exmoor.  Dartmoor is home to the tale of Sherlock Holmes and the Hound of the Baskervilles and famous for its granite tors and wild scenery, but there are also delightful villages such as Chagford and Widecombe-in-the-Moor, famous for its fair.  Exmoor has the longest stretch of coastal woodland in England and Wales, and there are many villages and hamlets to visit such as Dunster with a splendid castle and gardens.

There are many magnificent mansions with splendid gardens; amoung them Castle Drogo, Knightshayes or Kilerton.  Take a look at Powderham Castle, Arlington Court or Buckland Abbey, home to Francis Drake - hero or pirate?